On a Personal Note

A bit about me: Long before I began writing screenplays and stage plays, I wrote and published poetry and  short stories. With my friends Gary Rafferty, Preston Hood, Pauline Hebert and Dorinda Foley Wegener, I compiled, edited and published both Summer Home Review Volume I & II. These volumes of poetry, prose, plays and translations were gathered from the work of students at the summer writer’s workshop at the Joiner Center for the Study of War and Social Consequence at UMass Boston.  The books can be purchased through AuthorHouse. http://www.authorhouse.com/

I teach writing and publishing courses and I work with and mentor writers. It is especially my pleasure to work with a writer who has not begun the process of putting words on the page.

I also work with writers whose books are published by traditional or main-stream presses and I have edited and/or supported more than a dozen writers who self-published their books. I mentor writers of fiction, nonfiction, memoir, self-help and children’s books as well as scripts and poetry.

I have been fortunate to receive professional development grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Bourne Cultural Council, and the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod and a Ragdale Foundation Artist Residency in Forest Lake, IL in 2005. In February 2010, I spent two amazing weeks at the Heinrich Boll Cottage, Achill Island, Ireland. The two part story of this adventure can be found on CapeWomenOnline magazine at  www.CapeWomenOnline.com
Presently I coordinate the Eventide Arts Full-length Play Competition and $1000 Kaplan Prize (http://www.eventidearts.org/kaplan.html). I facilitate the Cape Cod Screenwriters Group. I am president of the Cape Cod Chapter of the National League of American Pen Women and for over five years I have judged the Cape Cod Times PrimeTime Poetry Contest.

I am the retired executive director of the Cape Cod Writers’ Center (www.capecodwriterscenter.org). I live on Cape Cod and have been married for forty years to Gary Loring, a Viet Nam veteran. My children are spead across the country in New Mexico, Georgia, Oklahoma, Maine and Massachusetts. I have seven grand children who I love dearly and four California aunt-children who I wish I lived closer to. I thank their parents for the photos they send me which keep me current with their childhoods.

Cape Women Online Magazine
Awaiting My Muse: Part Two of an Artist Residency in Ireland
2010 Residency, Heinrich Theodor Boll Cottage, Achill Island, County Mayo, west coast of Ireland.

“After my acceptance letter arrived from John McHugh, Boll Cottage Trustee, I called Geraldine Mills who I’d met in 2003 at a Provincetown Play Festival where her play was performed. I’m a travel coward, so I proposed to her that I would provide her a place to meet her muse if she would consent to drive me in Ireland.” Read full article here….

Book and Anthology Editing

2010 - Cape Cod Yesteryears, Eleanor Conant Yeager and Robert Conant Ellis, (short story collection and family history)

2010 – The Hallelujah of Listening, Preston H. Hood (poetry collection)

2008 – Funny Stuff, Robert Gardiner (poetry collection)

2007 – Flint and Needle, Sheila Whitehouse (poetry collection)

2006 – A Chill I Understand, Preston H. Hood, III (poetry collection)

2005 – Whispers, Sign and Warnings, Maureen Ryberg

2005 – Summer Home Review: An Anthology of Poems, Prose, Plays and Translations, Vol. I

2002 – Summer Home Review: An Anthology of Poems, Prose, Plays and Translations, Vol. II

Theater Work

2007 – Provincetown Theater, Provincetown, Massachusetts. Staged reading of the full-length play, Reflections for a Warm Day.

2007 – Mayflower Place, Yarmouth, Massachusetts. Staged reading of the play, Wrinkles.

2007 – Dennis Senior Center, Dennis, Massachusetts. Staged reading of the play, Wrinkles.

2010 – Provincetown Theater, Provincetown, Massachusetts. Reading of full-length play, No Matter What.

AWARDS

2010 – Writing Residency, Achill, County Mayo, Ireland
Received a fellowship covering a two-week stay at the Heinrich Boll Cottage

2005 – Writing Residency, Ragdale Foundation, Forest Lake, Illinois.
Received a fellowship covering a three-week stay at the writers colony.

2005 – Professional Development Grant, Bourne Cultural Council, Bourne, Massachusetts.
Received $500 to cover the cost of the flight to the Ragdale artists colony.

2003 – Grant, Arts Foundation on Cape Cod, Centerville, Massachusetts.
Approximately $300 for the creation of the anthology, The Summer Home Review.

2002 – Professional Development Grant, Bourne Cultural Council, Bourne, Massachusetts.
Funding to attend the William Joiner Center Writers Workshop.

2002 – Professional Development Grant, Massachusetts Cultural Council, Boston.
Awarded $350 to attend a screenwriting workshop in New York City.

2002 – Professional Development Grant, Massachusetts Cultural Council, Boston.
Received $200 to attend the William Joiner Center Creative Writers Workshop.