Teacher Feature – Gloria Kempton

Posted by: Birgitte  :  Category: Teacher Feature

There’s an old saying, “When the student is willing the teacher will come.”

I discovered the truth of that saying 5 years ago when I signed up for a fiction-writing class through Writer’s Online Workshops. I had two choices for the teacher: one lived all the way over “there” on the east coast, and the other lived just up the road in Seattle. I chose the Seattle teach, with the hopes that I might one day meet an online “presence.”

What a fortuitous roll of the dice!
Gloria Kempton is the author of eight nonfiction books, two novels, and hundreds of short stories and articles published in a number of national magazines including Writer’s Digest.

She coaches writers one-on-one on any aspect of fiction, nonfiction, or the writing life and has taught at writing conferences all over the country including the Maui Writers Conference.

She was the managing editor of two magazines and was a freelance book editor for nine major publishers.  She currently instructs online courses for Writer’s Online Workshops and Writers.com and has developed the courses “Voice and Viewpoint” and “Writing Effective Dialogue,” based on her successful book  Write Great Fiction – Dialogue (Writers Digest).

Within this blog our writers will recommend many classes, books and teachers, but I wanted to start with Gloria, not just because she was my first writing coach, but because she still is.

Since that day 5 years ago, I haven’t stopped learning from Gloria and I don’t intend to anytime in the future. (See, Glo? You can’t get rid of me.)

And yes, we did meet. I’ve attended writer’s retreats at Glo’s beach house  many times, and when the world starts spinning too fast for either of us, we call a Red Robyn “time out” and meet for lunch.

You can find Gloria online at: www.writersrecharge.com and www.writers.com.

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