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A self-proclaimed “woman in progress,” I am most passionate about creativity and the power of the written word. I see myself as something of a creative curator—a facilitator, if you will. I enjoy almost nothing more than piecing together smaller components (both tangible and abstract) and rearranging them until they meld into a larger, cohesive whole.
If I had to sum up what I’m all about in two words they would be: authentic storytelling. That’s the core of why I write, why I publish stories and why I teach others to write their story. I tell stories that challenge and inspire people to pursue the potential of their creativity; I nurture creativity by making space for exploring and showcasing creativity.
My past professional experience includes time as a staff writer for a weekly community newspaper in El Dorado Hills, California; time as the managing editor for a company that publishes community magazines in the greater Sacramento area; and time as an independent freelance writer and editor.
These days, you could call me a Jill-of-all-trades. I run a coworking space in Downtown Sacramento with my husband; I publish a quarterly literary arts journal; I take on select editing projects; I have an MA in creative writing, and teach at two college campuses. Oh, and, I also have my own writing to pursue. My writing appears in all different forms: blog posts, weekly emails, ebooks, editor’s letters in Under the Gum Tree, feedback for my students and clients, even craigslist ads. You can read more of my personal journey on my blog at jannamarlies.com/blog.