My Latest Travel Piece – Yorktown, VA

I had a great time researching this article on Yorktown, VA, for Chesapeake Views magazine. Yorktown’s new American Revolution Museum is state-of-the-art and particularly fun for family travel. Kids will appreciate all the hands-on and experiential exhibits, such as an immersive theater of the battle of Yorktown and holograms. The museum also focuses on telling all sides of these pivotal stories — not just the male, white gentry perspective.

In that vein, nearby Jamestown just opened a must-see, relevant and inspiring exhibit, Tenacity, on women of three cultures — the Anglo settlers, the indigenous tribes, and the African slaves — in 17th century Virginia. This absorbing exhibit finally gives voice to these amazing women whose stories have been buried for centuries.

Spread the News! My FREE College Essay Talk is June 3rd!

My annual free talk on “Writing Your College Essay” is only one week away! Next Sunday, June 3rd,  at 7:30 pm in Arlington Central Library’s auditorium, I will share what colleges look for in personal essays and why these essays matter. I’ll also share lots of tips for brainstorming, hooks, and making your college admission essays shine.

If you haven’t read it yet, check out my helpful article on the admissions process, which appeared last year in Arlington magazine. I hope to see you on the 3rd!

ASJA Panel on Travel Writing

I’m so excited to head to New York City later today for the annual American Society of Journalists and Authors (#ASJA2018) Conference. It’s my first time going to the conference, and my multi-talented friend, Christine Koubek, invited me to join her on a travel writing panel tomorrow. I’ve been writing travel pieces — for The Washington Post, FamilyFun magazine, Arlington magazine, and Bethesda magazine, among others — since 1997.

I find travel writing endlessly fascinating and revealing and hope to expand both my markets and wanderings. The conference has a fabulous lineup of editors and writers speaking. I hope to be inspired and energized!

My Annual FREE College Essay Talk

Are you intimidated by college admission essays? Have writers’ block already?

I’m happy to announce that I’ll be giving my annual free talk on “How to Write Your College Essays” on Sunday, June 3rd, from 7:30 to 9 pm at Arlington Central Library, 1015 Quincy St, Arlington, in their main auditorium. High school juniors and their parents are welcome to come to learn more about the essay process and what colleges expect in both the main and supplemental essays.

In addition, I’ll touch on how the essays fit into the college admissions picture and why students need to reflect deeply before they write. I’ll also share some examples of strong hooks and explore what makes them strong. You can also find out more about my own coaching methodology and philosophy at Expert Essay Coaching, LLC, if you’re interested.

Usually, close to 100 people attend my talk, so come early if you want a seat. I hope to see you there!

Recent articles: Mini-escapes and a guide to the many charms of Annapolis

Oops! I was so busy wrapping up the 2017 college essay coaching season and working on my novel that I forgot to post some of my recent articles. Yes, I am a writing coach who writes and publishes regularly!

If you’re interested in hiring me for the 2018 college essay coaching season (which usually begins mid-June), please email me as soon as possible. My full package spots are filling up fast!

In the meantime, enjoy my travel articles. I’ve been focused on the mid-Atlantic region for years, but I’m hoping to expand my wanderings now that I’m an empty nester myself.

Looking for a mini-escape in the DC area? Read this.

Unfamiliar with the fascinating and fun city of Annapolis? Read this.

And if you’ve read something wonderful or visited somewhere fun, please let me know about that, too. I’m always open to ideas. Happy reading!