About

Susan Wittig Albert
Founder; Past President: 1998-2003, 2015-2018

Susan is SCN's founder and current (2015-2017) board president. She has presented at conferences, LifeLines, and Writing From Life events; taught in the online class program; and volunteers as the coordinator of StoryCircleBookReviews and the Sarton Award Program. She is also a facilitator in the WorkInProgress Roundtable and coordinates the Austin Reading Circle. She writes mysteries, historical fiction, memoir, and nonfiction; her work is traditionally published and published by her own imprint, Persevero Press. Visit her website.

Pat Bean

Pat Bean is a retired journalist who is passionate about nature, books, art and writing. A native Texan, and longtime Utah resident, she spent nine years traveling this country in an RV. She now lives in Tucson with her canine companion Pepper. Her book, Travels with Maggie, was published in September, 2017. Pat is a staff writer for the Story Circle Journal, is the co-mom of the Writer2Writer Roundtable, and manages SCN's tweets. Visit her blog.

Liz Beaty
Program Director, Treasurer

Liz Beaty, SCN's Program Director, lives with her husband, bulldog, and seven chickens on an orange grove in Ojai, California. She is a licensed California attorney with years of experience working with/in nonprofit program management. Her areas of expertise are coordinating teams of volunteers and improving organizational/information systems. In her free time, she enjoys yoga, hiking, and spending time with her family. Liz is an avid reader and loves to travel. Her involvement with SCN began in 2019 as a participant in the International Writing Workshop in Italy.

Shelley Johnson Carey
Secretary; Publications Coordinator

Shelley Johnson Carey is the author of numerous articles, short stories, and poems, and of the nonfiction book, Thin Mint Memories: Scouting for Empowerment through the Girl Scout Cookie Program. She recently retired from her nearly 40-year editorial career, where she worked on several award-winning magazines and journals. Most recently, she served as the editor of Peer Review, a higher education journal, where she worked with hundreds of authors to polish their writing. Shelley has an BA from Hampshire Colleges and an MFA in nonfiction writing from Goucher College. She has facilitated several writing workshops for teens and adults. She is currently revising a novel about a group of friends, which is based on her own lifetime friendships. www.shelleyjohnsoncarey.com

Cynthia F. Davidson

A member of SCN for over a dozen years, Cynthia F. Davidson is now a member of the board and on the faculty. A long time expatriate and former CBS News journalist, she spent two decades as a pioneer in the global management field. She credits SCN membership with the support and skill development required to publish her first memoir, The Importance of Paris. SCN also inspired her to start facilitating workshops and writing groups that capture women’s lived wisdom.

Tina Games

Tina lives on Cape Cod in Massachusetts, where she has been inspired as a freelance writer for over nine years, after moving from the Washington, DC area where she was active in the political scene. She owns her own consulting/coaching business where she works with highly-creative women who want to make their mark in the world through creative activism and artistic endeavors. She is also a contributing writer for a variety of print and online publications, and a licensed workshop facilitator.

Tina serves on numerous boards in a leadership capacity, and is also a grant writer, having written several grants for a variety of nonprofit organizations, causes, and campaigns focused on the general welfare of women and children, as well as charitable organizations focused on the arts, culture, and education. Through her volunteer work, Tina has utilized her creative, visionary, and organizational skills to plan and execute an array of successful programs, projects, and events. She has been a member of Story Circle Network for over a decade and is fully committed to serving its mission.

B. Lynn Goodwin

Writer and editor B. Lynn Goodwin owns Writer Advice, www.writeradvice.com. She’s the author of two award-winning books, a YA called Talent and a memoir titled Never Too Late: From Wannabe to Wife at 62 plus an out-of-print self help book. Her flash fiction is published in Flashquake, Nebo, Cabinet of Heed, Murmur of Words, 100-Word Stories, Ariel’s Dream, and Writing in a Woman’s Voice. Her second YA, Disrupted, is forthcoming from Olympia Publishing. She's also a reviewer and teacher at Story Circle Network.  

Jeanne Guy
Vice President

Jeanne, SCN’s 2018-2020 president, is a speaker and veteran self-awareness reflective writing teacher. She’s the author of You’ll Never Find Us: A Memoir, the story of how her children were stolen from her and how she stole them back (She Writes Press 2021), co-author of Seeing Me: A Guide to Reframing the Way You See Yourself, and author of numerous anthology essays. Details about this avid walker, slow reader, and irreverent blogger are on her website.

Linda Hoye
Blog Coordinator, Contest Coordinator

Linda Hoye lives in British Columbia, Canada with her husband and their doted-upon Yorkshire Terriers but will always be a Saskatchewan prairie girl. She is the author of The Presence of Absence: A Story About Busyness, Brokenness, and Being Beloved and Two Hearts: An Adoptee’s Journey Through Grief to Gratitude. Find her online at www.lindahoye.com.

Shawn LaTorre
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Chair; College Mentorship Co-Chair

Shawn, a star book reviewer for Story Circle Network and a member of a local Story Circle book group, retired from secondary education years ago. She now spends summers sailing the Great Lakes aboard HMS Juicy Fruit and the other nine months in Austin mentoring, volunteering, quilting, and spinning tales. You can visit her blog at CeruleanSeasons.com or follow her educational tweets as MizLaTee on Twitter, or see some of her quilts on FaceBook.

Helen Leatherwood
President, Online Classes Coordinator

Len Leatherwood, the Program Coordinator for SCN’s Online Classes program and current president of Story Circle Network, has been teaching writing privately to students in Beverly Hills for the past 22 years. She is a nationally recognized writing coach as well as an award-winning author. Len has published work in flash fiction and nonfiction and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her blog, 20 Minutes a Day, can be found at lenleatherwood.com.

Teresa Lynn
Administrator, Book Reviews

Teresa Lynn is a writer and editor with a background in journalism. She has written for a range of publications on a variety of topics, including book publishing, current events, historical topics, food, nature, and pop culture. She has authored three books under her own name as well as ghostwriting works for others.

Marilea Rabasa
College Mentorship Co-Chair

I grew up in Massachusetts. For seventeen years I was an ESL teacher in Virginia. Before that, I lived overseas in the Foreign Service. Just as I provided “springboards” for my students in writing class, my travels provide the backdrop for my two memoirs: my award-winning debut memoir, A Mother’s Story: Angie Doesn’t Live Here Anymore; and its sequel,  Stepping Stones: A Memoir of Addiction, Loss, and Transformation, winner of the 2020 USA Best Book Award.

Susan Schoch
Editor and Books Coordinator

A member since 2002, Susan has edited books and periodicals for SCN since 2014. A member of the Board since 2016, she edits the annual Real Women Write anthology, as well as special books such as Kitchen Table Stories 2022. Susan coordinates all SCN book publications. She is also a frequent reviewer at Story Circle Book Reviews. She has been a freelance writer and editor for over 30 years, specializing in personal history and biography. Her work for the American Museum of Ceramic History is currently available – The Clay Connection: Jim and Nan McKinnell. Susan shares SCN’s commitment to women’s growth through the empowering focus of writing and recognizing women’s stories.

Jo Virgil

Jo Virgil has been a Story Circle Network member for many years and now serves as editor for True Words and as a SCN Board Member (Publication and Program member). Jo has a Master's Degree in Journalism and has worked as a reporter, as a writing workshop teacher, as Community Relations Manager for Barnes & Noble, and as Community Outreach Coordinator for the Texas Governor's Committee on People with Disabilities. One of her favorite messages was from one of her journalism professors who said, "Stories are what make us matter."

Jude Walsh

Jude Walsh writes personal essay, self-help, and romance. As a Creativity and Life Coach and the author of Post-Divorce Bliss: Ending Us and Finding Me, she helps women find their superpowers and create a life to match.  She is published in numerous anthologies and literary magazines. A Story Circle member since 2005 and a current board member, she credits SCN with lighting the spark that inspired her to become a full-time writer.
 
www.secondbloomcoaching.com
www.judewalsh.com  

Robin Wittig

Robin is the editor of the SCN Journal and Senior Director of Community Programs at Pikes Peak YMCA. She lives in Woodland Park, CO. In addition to her work with the Journal, Robin does the layout for the annual anthology, Real Women Write, and creates the print program for "Stories From the Heart."

Paula Stallings Yost
Periodicals Editor

Paula is a former and current board member. She has presented at conferences and Writing From Life events; taught in the online class program; served as co-editor of a couple of Story Circle anthologies; and volunteers as the coordinator of the Sarton Award Program. She also is a personal historian who helps families and individuals write and publish their life stories. Visit her website.

Caroline Ziel

Caroline is SCN’s eCircle coordinator. She took on this role with a desire to give others some of the confidence she gained from SCN in crafting her own life story. Caroline’s commitment to women’s stories springs from her 45 years as a clinical social worker, and her own story of trauma, mental health issues, and a tenacious desire to be emotionally healthy. In addition to her work with the eCircle, Caroline assists with our conferences and the Sarton Award.