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.

Candi Byrne
YouTube

Candi lives in an enchanted forest on a West Virginia mountainside mere minutes from her two delightful granddaughters. As an award-winning marketer back in the day, Candi helped launch the $2 billion public/private National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign as well as a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation-sponsored global health initiative. Candi is keen to see the Story Circle Network YouTube channel grow like kudzu. Make sure to like and subscribe at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJRdtKQgFjA9mV84rncrtBA!

Candi is a long-time member of Story Circle Network. Her adoption-related memoir, Regifted: An Odyssey of Belonging, is slated for publication by She Writes Press in November 2022. Now in her third chapter of life, Candi helps women midlife and beyond find the clarity, courage, and confidence to finally live in alignment with their True Nature. www.sweetfirecoaching.com 

Cynthia F. Davidson

A member of SCN for over a decade, Cynthia F. Davidson has never missed a conference since she joined. A long time expatriate and former CBS News journalist, she spent two decades as a pioneer in the global management field. Since leaving corporate life to write fulltime, she credits SCN membership with the support and skill development required to publish The Importance of Paris, her first memoir. SCN inspired her to start facilitating workshops and writing groups to 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 a YA, Talent, which was short-listed for a Literary Lightbox Award, won a bronze medal in the Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards, and was a finalist for a Sarton Women’s Book Award. A second edition has just been republished by Koehler Books. She’s also written a memoir, Never Too Late: From Wannabe to Wife at 62, which won a 2018 National Indie Excellence Award Winner, Human Relations Indie Book Awards Winner, Dragonfly Book Awards & Next Generation Indie Book Awards, a Dragonfly Book Award, was a Best Book Awards Finalist & a NABE Pinnacle Book Achievement Award Winner.
She’s written a collection of journaling prompts, flash pieces, and short articles.  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. A reviewer and teacher at Story Circle Network, she’s currently at work on a sequel to Talent, and several editing projects. She’s hoping to start a novella in flash soon. She lives at the foot of Mt. Diablo, California, with her energizer-bunny husband and their exceptional terrier.

Jeanne Guy
Vice President

Jeanne, SCN’s 2018-2020 president, is an author, speaker, and self-awareness coach with Jeanne Guy Gatherings. She has been an SCN member since 2003 and a board member since 2009, having served as the conference co-chair, presented at conferences and Writing From Life events, and facilitated the LifeLines Writing Retreat. Jeanne is also a member of the Austin Reading Circle and a Sarton Awards judge. She co-authored Seeing Me: A Guide to Reframing the Way You See Yourself. Her memoir You’ll Never Find Us, the story of how her children were stolen from her and how she stole them back, is scheduled for fall 2021 publication by She Writes Press. She is an avid walker, a slow reader, and she writes a sometimes-irreverent blog. More information is available on her website.

Linda Hoye

Linda Hoye lives in British Columbia with her husband and their doted-upon Yorkshire Terrier, but will always be a Saskatchewan prairie girl. She is a longtime member of SCN, serving as a board member, SCBR reviewer and distribution editor, and creator of the One Woman’s Day blog. These days, she serves as our Social Media Coordinator. Linda 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, where she ponders ordinary days and the thin places where faith intersects.

Shawn LaTorre
Secretary

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

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 21 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
Book Reviews; Administrator

Teresa Lynn is a writer and editor with a background in journalism and education. 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, Little Lodges on the Prairie, Thanksgiving Joy, and Understanding Copyright, under her own name, as well as ghostwriting works for others.

In 2014, Teresa helped establish Tranquility Press, a hybrid publishing company near Austin, Texas. Today, she provides all types of writing, editorial, and publishing services. She is also administrator and board member of Story Circle Network, editor for Georgetown Friends of the Library, President of Central Texas American Christian Fiction Writers, and Distribution Editor for Story Circle Book Reviewers. She is a member of Women Writing the West, the Writers League of Texas, the Former Texas Rangers Association, the Order of the Eastern Star, and the Laura Ingalls Wilder Legacy and Research Association. Teresa speaks to groups nationwide on writing and publishing, Freemasonry, Laura Ingalls Wilder, and the Texas Rangers law enforcement agency.

In her free time, Teresa enjoys reading, traveling, and seeking out little-known history of interesting people and places. She lives in Georgetown, Texas with her husband, near their two grown daughters. Website, blog.

Marilea Rabasa

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
Anthology Editor

A member since 2002, Susan has been the Editor of SCN’s quarterly Journal and our annual Anthology since 2014. She joined the Board of Directors in 2016 as chair of Publications, and is also a frequent reviewer and editor at Story Circle Book Reviews. Susan has been a freelance writer and editor for 30 years. She specializes in personal history and biography, most recently 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 has been in love with Story Circle Network for over a decade. With Becca Taylor she coedited True Words From Real Women in 2008 and coproduced the Story Circle Podcasts. Her writing is in Kitchen Table Stories, SCN anthologies and SCN quarterly Journals. She has been published several times with Chicken Soup For the Soul and numerous other anthologies and magazines. She presented at Stories From the Heart and for two years chaired the Silent Auction there. She has contributed blogs to One Woman's Day and HerStories, occasionally reviews for Story Circle Book Reviews, and has participated in judging for the Susan Wittig Albert LifeWriting Competition and the Sarton Award. She received the Star Blogger of the Year award for her blog Sensuously Sixty. Her current blog is Jude Walsh Writes.  She is a creativity and life coach at Second Bloom Coaching and loves working with women ready to embrace their superpowers. She is the author of Post-Divorce Bliss: Ending Us and Finding Me (Morgan James 2019) and is currently writing a memoir and a romance.

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.