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Writer. Educator. Advocate.

About me

I am a writer and mom of two. My work has appeared in Today’s Parent, The Mighty, Medium, and the Firefly Friends Community Blog. A transplant Torontonian, I live with my two children (tween and teen!), and my son’s service dog, Ewok. Spending time at Lake Ontario reminds us to slow down and be present. I have an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University LA and am the recipient of the AWP Intro Journals Project Award in Creative Nonfiction, 2022, for an excerpt from “Yes/No: Conversations with My Son.”

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I write creative nonfiction, with the occasional poetry or fictional story. I love exploring different story paths and am especially interested in hybrid works, or works that cannot easily be defined by a predetermined genre. 

I’m glad you’re here. I hope you’ll stay awhile and join me for my next journey or sit with me while I take you through a previous one through a story or an essay or a poem or a photo or something entirely outside the box!

In addition to working on my own writing projects, my goal is to provide free/pay what you can writing workshop opportunities for marginalized communities and young adults. I support parents of children with disabilities through education, advocacy, and creative writing workshops.

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“I don't believe in writer's block, I only believe in fear.”
Melissa Febos