AMANDA is an internationally recognized editor, writer, and book coach. She started her career as an associate editor for the Oyez Review in Chicago, and has studied under a number of industry titans, including Stuart Dybek and Melissa Pritchard. An award-winning writer herself and publishing industry expert, Amanda has done it all from freelance to copy editing to content editing to ghostwriting and book coaching, and as Editor-in-Chief for One Idea Press, she helps authors realize their true voice.
Amanda’s work has also been widely published and featured, including in Barzakh Magazine, TEDxWomenPittsburgh, and WHIRL Magazine. She was the recipient of Pittsburgh Magazine’s 40Under40 award, and is the co-founder of Pittsburgh’s first premier writers’ conference, Pitch, Publish, Promote.
Amanda is also the host of Write to Heal workshops, where she helps people connect and heal through the power of storytelling. Before becoming a professional writer, Amanda worked in the mental healthcare system for ten years, teaching adolescent survivors of trauma how to take control of their narrative. Amanda continues this work through her writing, workshops, the School of Writers, and as a publisher.
Amanda is also the author of Blue Rooms, a book poetry that was adapted for the stage and received with critical acclaim. Amanda believes in creating experiences out of Art, and is currently in progress on her second poetry collection and its supporting experiential event, as well as her literary fiction novel, Lionfish.