I live and write in Burlington, Vermont. Formerly a parish pastor (Presbyterian and Congregational,) I have been writing fiction and essays and practicing as a pastoral counselor (psychotherapist) for over twenty years. In my therapy practice I have incorporated spirituality and creativity and have trained in and used mindfulness-based cognitive therapy. Most recently my work in creative writing, spirituality, meditation and psychology has coalesced in leading classes and workshops, as well as coaching individual writers. Coaching for Writers
In my fiction writing, I like to integrate the psychological and spiritual, not through exposition or talking about the issues, but through exploring how these dimensions play out in the ways my characters live their lives. Essay/blog writing is a form of reflecting on whatever is happening in my life or the world.
WRITING FELLOWSHIPS AND RESIDENCIES
Virginia Centre for the Creative Arts, Vermont Studio Center, Turkey Land Cove Foundation, Louisville Pastoral Institute, Silver Bay YMCA of the Adirondacks Ministry Program, Writers in Paradise.
DMin (Doctor of Ministry) in Pastoral Psychology Boston University
Certificate in mindfulness-based cognitive therapy
2-year certificate in Creative Writing Radcliffe College Writing Seminars
MDiv (Master of Divinity) Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
BA, Comparative Literature Columbia University