Welcome to my site. Thanks for visiting. I’m a poet, author, writing teacher, developmental editor, and coach who believes in the power of writing to heal and transform lives. My expertise is in helping students and clients find their voice on the page and in the world. I am passionate about facilitating artistic expression, and my mission is to heal myself and others through creative work.
The most economical way to work with me is to take one of my classes, which are small (6-10 students), intimate, and transformational. I teach a wide range of students, from beginners to professionals, working in various genres. My students write novels, memoirs, poetry, short stories, articles, essays, and plays. I am an experienced, skillful facilitator who knows how to create and maintain a safe, sacred space in which magical things unfold! I also host literary salons several times a year, which feature my students reading work they’ve written in my classes.
As a coach and developmental editor, I run a boutique business and work with selected people and projects I adore. My clients are successful, accomplished, high-achieving individuals who want to develop or deepen their writing practice, work on a book or a proposal, or are looking for heart- and soul-centered support while navigating the ups and downs of their writing lives. I enjoy working with authors, coaches, psychologists, attorneys, and anyone interested in personal empowerment and growth. To that end, I have a soft spot in my heart for fellow seekers affiliated with USM. My clients are forward-thinkers, passionate about what they do, smart, and adventuresome. I only work with a handful of clients so I can give them the exquisite attention they deserve. This is a co-creative, dynamic, partnership and is custom-designed to meet each client’s needs.
I’m the author of Secrets of My Sex, a collection of narrative poems and the forthcoming memoir, Raw: A Midlife Quest for Health & Happiness. My poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction appear in The Sun; Lilith; Calyx; Two Review; Onthebus; Pearl; Literary Mama; and elsewhere.
class you get much more than a teacher, you get a steadfast facilitator who offers calm encouragement and tremendous insight into the entire writing process, which by nature is fraught with insecurity. Her warmth and guidance fosters a place of creativity and unparalleled support, not to mention crazy productivity! I’m thrilled to have Bella in my corner and can’t recommend her highly enough.”
—Melissa Gould, Huffington Post blogger