WRITING ASSISTANCE

NITA SWEENEY
nita@nitasweeney.com

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Nita helps writers become more prolific, find their authentic material, break writer’s block, and make time to write. She works with writers at any stage of the writing and publishing process. Nita is available for individual assistance, workshops and speaking engagements. She does not give legal advice because she has forgotten all the answers.

Nita has written professionally since 1985. She is the award-winning author of the running and mental health memoir, Depression Hates a Moving Target, and the nonfiction manual, Make Every Move a Meditation, and coauthor of the writing journal, You Should Be Writing. She received a degree in Magazine Feature Writing and a Certificate in Women’s Studies summa cum laude from Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism. She received a law degree from The Ohio State University and a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing from Goddard College. After retiring from ten years of legal practice, Nita began studying extensively with best-selling author Natalie Goldberg. Nita has attended more than 20 of Goldberg’s week-long workshops and retreats, worked individually with Goldberg, and taught with Goldberg at the workshops. Nita has also practiced meditation since 1991 and brings the spirit of mindfulness to her teaching. She has published essays, magazine and newspaper articles, poetry, edited a prior newsletter, and has contributed to several books. Nita is the publisher of Write Now Columbus.


 THE EDUCATIONAL PUBLISHER
http://www.edupublisher.com
info@edupublisher.com 
866-880-5373 Located in Columbus, Ohio.

The Educational Publisher offers publishing services for the twenty-first century. We offer easy submission, on-demand print production, retention of the rights for the author, and digital conversion to e-book formats. All at no cost to the author. Left behind are the restrictive policies of the twentieth century publishing houses. Gone are the days of requiring an author to sign over their rights and control to the publisher for very little in return. This revolutionary service is publishing for the twenty-first century and is available for free through the Educational Publisher.


BELINDA NICOLL
www.myriteofpassage.com
belinda@myriteofpassage.com

As a certified Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) trainer, Belinda divides her time between creativity coaching and writing. She hosts regular creative working groups at her home in Westerville that work more like brainstorming than critiquing (experienced writers working on a large project are welcome to apply).

Belinda is a South African transplant who has recently become an American citizen. She has a BA degree in Communication and in the completion phase of her MFA degree in Creative Writing. She has a memoir about an expatriate couple on the high seas of the global economy ready for publication, and she is currently working on her first novel. Her articles on life coaching have appeared in The Healing Springs Journal, and she has appeared as a guest on the Health Connections show on cable TV (New York). In 2008, she was invited to read from her memoir manuscript at an art symposium in North Carolina on Immigration As A Vital Issue Of Our Times with Susan Buret, a noted Australian collage artist.

As a world traveler with a keen interest in cultural diversity, Belinda brings a strong international perspective to her coaching and writing.


MARK ALLEN
http://www.markallenediting.com
markallen@copydesk.org

Mark has been a newspaper journalist for more than 20 years, reporting, editing and leading special projects and a 180,000-circulation Sunday edition. He now specializes in editing scholarly work and other nonfiction, especially in the fields of higher education and educational policy. Recent projects have included the AQIP Systems Portfolio college accreditation report for a community college, research papers for scholarly publications, and briefings for a school-policy think tank. He also answers questions and posts daily editing tips on Twitter as EditorMark. A collection of those tips is on his Web site.


LINDA MERCADANTE, Ph.D. (Rev.)
B. Robert Straker Professor of Historical Theology
The Methodist Theological School in Ohio
3081 Columbus Pike
Delaware, Ohio 43015
Office: 740-362-3442
Cell: 614-638-4031
http://www.healthybeliefs.org/
lmercadante@mtso.edu

Dr. Mercadante is Senior Professor of Theology at the Methodist Theological School in Ohio and an ordained minister. She has over 30 years teaching experience and spiritual leadership, as well as several decades as a professional writer and editor. A former journalist, she has published five books, over a hundred articles, and speaks internationally on a variety of topics, including personal narrative, addiction, faith and film, and others. Her latest book is *Belief without Borders: Inside the Minds of the Spiritual but not Religious* (Oxford Univ. Pr.) She has also written a spiritual memoir: *Bloomfield Avenue: A Jewish-Catholic Jersey Girl’s Spiritual Journey* (Rowman & Littlefield).


MICHAEL WILSON
wilsonwriter@msn.com

Michael Wilson helps and advises writers at any stage of the writing process from finding writing ideas to publication. He has taught writing workshops and facilitated writing groups for a number of different writing interests, but his true love is fiction writing. Michael is available for individual coaching, workshops and facilitating writer’s groups.

Michael Wilson has been teaching creative writing classes and facilitating writer’s groups for over 7 years and was an award-winning Contributing Editor for The Writer’s Block at Suite 101.com. He has a BA (with Honors) in English from Ohio University, and has been a featured guest speaker at the Thurber House, the Maumee Valley Writer’s Conference and the Columbus Writer’s Conference. He is also the publisher and editor of Grist for the Muse a monthly creative writing newsletter. His first book: Flash Writing: How to Write, Revise and Publish Stories Under 1000 Words Long, is now available! Buy it here!

Grist for the Muse Is your FREE monthly creative writing newsletter designed to get you writing and keep you writing. With writing exercises, advice, book and website reviews, and occasional shameless self-promotion, Grist for the Muse helps you maximize your writing potential. Sign up on the web at: http://www.topica.com/lists/Grist_for_the_Muse or by email by sending a BLANK email to: Grist_for_the_Muse-subscribe@topica.com OR ­ If you do not want to join Topica, send email to wilsonwriter@msn.com requesting a subscription


CHRISTINA JOHNSON
spywriter007@yahoo.com

American poet Christina L. Johnson grew up on a small farm in Ohio and is a graduate of The Ohio State University. Since 1990, her poetry has appeared over two hundred times in over eighty journals throughout the world.

Some of the magazines that have published her poetry include: The Old Hickory Review, Mobius, Feelings, Omnific, Prophetic Voices, Parnassus Literary Journal, Poetry Forum, The South Ash Press, Mostly Maine, The Plowman (Canada), Nite Writer’s International, Moose Bound Press, The Poetry Motel, The Piedmont Literary Review, Splizz (United Kingdom), Scars And Bruises (United Kingdom), Nanny Fanny, Tale Spinners (Canada), Footprints, Northern Stars Magazine, Zine Zone (United Kingdom), Tree Spirit (United Kingdom), Emotions, Peaky Hide, Fire (United Kingdom), Challenger International (Canada), The Synergyst, Phoenix, and The Live Poets (South Africa).

In addition to being a poet and freelance writer, Ms. Johnson is assistant acquisitions editor for Umsinsi Book Publishing of South Africa and co-editor of the South African literary journal, Planet Poetry. She is a workshop facilitator and writing coach and also a columnist for The NZ Writer (New Zealand), The Write Life (United States and Singapore) and The Author Network (United Kingdom).

Ms. Johnson’s poetry collection, Before the 21st (Selected Poems 1990-1999), is published and distributed by Ginninderra Press of Canberra, Australia. You may purchase this book which includes enrollment in an on-line poetry workshop at her website: http://www.geocities.com/spywriter007


JILL KHOURY
jk8h@telerama.com
614-961-8102

Jill Khoury lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She graduated from The Ohio State University’s Masters of Fine Arts Program in June 2005 with a specialization in poetry. While at Ohio State, she taught beginning composition, intermediate composition, computer mediated composition, and beginning poetry workshop. Her current projects include being a long-distance “e-mentor” for Columbus, Ohio high school students studying creative nonfiction.