Advancing issues through narrative:
Let me help you tell your story to create change.
Web Content: Hire me to write the web content, blog posts, and newsletters that will engage your audience and customers.
Technical Writing: Employ me to translate your complicated ideas into smooth prose, including translating technical concepts into language a general audience can understand.
Manuscript Development: Engage me to help you finish and/or revise your manuscript. I’ve spent a lifetime learning what makes a good story, be it imaginative fiction, literary non-fiction or technical prose.
“I hope you may remember that 27 years ago you taught me “Introduction to Freshman Composition” at Columbia . . . My success as a scientist has been due as much to my writing ability, whether in grant proposals or in manuscripts, as to any scientific achievements. . . . I want to thank you for the path you started me on.” ~Professor Danny Chamovitz, author of What a Plant Knows
Writing Tutorial: Learn how to improve your writing with one-on-one instruction. I’ve been teaching writing for thirty years to the widest imaginable populations, from gifted school children to newly literate adults, from Ivy Leaguers to prison inmates and to octogenarians from the community at large. I can teach you how to write articles, books and blogs in effective prose.
“I learned there is hope for us inmates who sometimes might have been forgotten. This class made me feel like I am real not just a number lost in the system.” ~Student, Southern State Correctional Facility
Writing Circles: Invite me to lead your group in automatic writing practice. In timed writing exercises designed to prime the creative pump, writers focus and fly, letting loose the unknown in the wonder of words. We immediately read this new work, bearing witness to the strange and wonderful stories that emerge. A synergy develops in these workshops, where participants invariably write more, write better, and write with greater confidence. Tailored to suit your group’s needs.
“Deborah’s enthusiasm for the writing process is one of the most motivating ingredients for students. Her talent with inquiry and organization encouraged even our reluctant writers! ” ~Elementary School Principal
Revision Circles: Join others with a body of work they are ready to reread, review and rewrite. The beauty of a Revision Circle is the opportunity it affords to learn from others’ strengths, as well as the chance to have one’s own work read by a variety of careful and kind readers. Contact me for more information.
“If I had to choose one reason why I like to take writing classes with Deborah Luskin, it’s the amount of thought and preparation she puts into each class. . . I come away from each class feeling that I’ve learned something new about the craft of writing—not just an intellectual understanding, but how to actually incorporate that new technique into my writing”. ~Adult Student, Media Mentoring Workshops
Literature for Understanding and Change: Focused literary discussions are a proven method of improving work environments, including job satisfaction and employee retention. With thirty years’ experience facilitating book discussions in libraries, prisons and hospitals, I can develop a reading program suited to your workplace needs.
Never shy about sharing my opinions, I’m available to address your group on a variety of topics. These talks promise to be informative and entertaining, and will challenge the audience to think about current problems in new ways.
Author talks about the writing life in general and my books in particular. I’m available in person or by video chat.
1964, a Watershed Year in Vermont Social and Political History is a talk I give for the Vermont Humanities Council’s Speaker’s Bureau. Vermont non-profits should contact VHC about booking me for this event. For-profits and out-of-state groups can contact me directly. [link] [http://vermonthumanities.org/]
Motivational and Celebratory Speech-making: After teaching reluctant writers, serving a few years as a leader for Weight Watchers, and mothering three children to adulthood, I’ve developed some serious motivational rhetoric that can be translated into a call to action for your organization. Email me.
Facilitator: Skilled as a problem solver, I can help groups identify issues, brainstorm solutions, and develop plans of action by consensus, so the group wins and the players still talk to one another at the end of the day. I’m the elected Moderator at one of Vermont’s fabled and sometimes contentious Town Meeting in the town where I live.