I'm Claire, a writer of real life who loves to show others (maybe you?) that they can be one, too.
On my blog—a continuation of the one I started 15 years ago—you'll find stories of goodness in ordinary life, tips + reflections on personal writing, and celebrations of people + their passions. Much of the inspiration for my writing stems from my ongoing faith journey in the United Methodist Christian tradition: I believe in a God who is far larger than human comprehension, and yet somehow never ceases to show up within the smallest of human actions, no matter what faith (if any) we claim.
My world is wordy, in the best sense. By day I enjoy a rewarding and challenging job in higher ed communications; in my off time, I write my own stuff, edit pieces for others, devour fiction + nonfiction, and teach community writing workshops in my hometown of Atlanta. I earned my BA in English from Davidson College (go 'Cats!), and my MFA in Creative Nonfiction Writing from Goddard College. Getting that second degree meant reading and analyzing 49 novels + memoirs, writing five critical papers, teaching once a week, and writing a full-length memoir manuscript over the span of two years.
In real life and on the page, I'm an "extroverted introvert" (INFJ) who inherited my father's love of connecting with others and my mother's love of calm and quiet. If I'm not in the midst of words, you can find me drinking tea, watching Parks & Recreation, singing loudly in the car, rereading Harry Potter, taking photos, or (most often) spending time with my people. I'm married to Sean, who plays baseball, cooks the best breakfasts, and somehow manages to have a brain that's both artistic and analytical, just a few of the many traits I love about him. My family and friends are my touchstones; they make my words worth it.
I have two hopes for this space. First, that my words might offer a small haven of peace and gratitude in our chaotic world. And secondly, that my words might inspire you to write your own. I'd be honored to help you on that journey.