Writing at an outdoor cafe in Siena, Italy.

Writing at an outdoor cafe in Siena, Italy.

Our Mission

Words in Play is a place where writers feel safe, motivated, and excited to learn and develop their craft, from rough draft to polished manuscript. 

Generating ideas is a first step. Collaboration and feedback are critical steps along the way. The writing process is a journey full of fun and adventure, and, as Karen Elizabeth Gordon tells us in her grammar book, The Deluxe Transitive Vampire, “words, too, have hoofs and wings to transport us far and deep.”

A Place to Write

Most classes and consultations are held at the coworkHers cooperative workspace in Portland, Maine. Words in Play, however, is not confined to four walls. Creativity can be engendered anywhere: at a coffee shop, on the beach, or in a Tuscan olive grove.  When writers gather to learn and practice writing skills in a supportive, engaging, relaxed environment, magic happens. 

Whether in one-on-one consultations or group classes, we strive to meet your creative needs—the only criteria is to leave all self-doubt at the door.

Deb’s Journey:

10+ Years teaching writers of fiction and nonfiction

Currently works as director of communications and publications at Biodiversity Research Institute, Portland, Maine

NH certified secondary English teacher, Upper Valley Teacher Institute

M.S. in Science Journalism, Boston University’s College of Communication 

B.A. in English and biology, Mount Holyoke College 

Features and essay writer for science and general interest magazines

Writing Workshops & Retreats

1:1 Consulting - Draft by Draft

Book Design & Layout