While this site awaits its physical transformation, there is no need to neglect its content. What I as an educator and editor/writer have wanted to do is to inspire people to write! I offer prompts and opportunities from which my classes and clients can begin their own story–literally and figuratively. No one has to become a famous or even prolific writer. It’s about communication and imagination. That is why I had created The Community Story and continue to post story prompts for people to contribute to. The idea that an international community could come together and create a story together is thrilling. No one person but a continuing stream of creation, feedback, mutual editing, all to be compiled and given its final form by the senior editor–me for now.

This idea of sharing ideas and forming something in unison is kind of like putting up canvas and giving anyone who wants one a paint brush.

Our class, Magazine Editing and Writing is very much in this spirit. We come together to share, not withhold. It’s very important for writers to avoid isolation and jealousy. It’s important for editors to know how the writer thinks and feels about his/her work and how to guide this person to the work’s ultimate and effective completion.

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I am an adjunct assistant professor of English at Pace University in NY, adjunct faculty in English at Raritan Valley Community College in NJ, an online member of the adjunct faculty at SNHU College of Online and Continuing Education, as well as a freelance editor and writer. For many years, I've taught, guided, and tutored many individuals from those as young as kindergarten age to Grad-school students. I've worked on fiction, nonfiction, and memoirs. What has given me the greatest pleasure, is when I have students get together in a group, and create a story together. I offer the theme (e.g., Create a version of Red Riding Hood) and they run with it. I hope to offer this community collaboration to many more people. The goal is to prove that you don't have to be alone to write, you don't have to offer yourself up alone to the group, you can collaborate and offer the world (yes, the world is the community) a chance to create a narrative together. The results have been amazing.

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