ClarityWorks Participants in Print

Lis Anna 06Lis Anna

The winner of numerous awards in film, since attending ClarityWorks classes Lis Anna has placed 2nd in the Thomas Wolfe Fiction Contest 2006, 4th in New Century Writers Short Fiction Contest and 2nd in the Best Dramatic Short Tupelo Film Festival 2006.  Most recently her poem “If I could be anything I would be a poem on the desk of Gabriel Garcia Marquez” placed 1st in the 11th Annual Poet Hunt Award.


Jeanne Charters

Jeanne Charters

She has published a compilation of her humorous columns in a book entitled  funny, isn't it? and is working on two novels.  She credits  a class with Peggy as well as Peggy's personal encouragement for becoming a columnist in WNC Woman magazine. Her book is available at local book stores and through the publisher.


Cheryl in printCheryl Dietrich

Cheryl's memoirs and personal essays about her military experience have appeared in literary journals The Gettysburg Review and Shenandoah, as well as in the anthology Birthed from Scorched Hearts:  Women Respond to War (Fulcrum Press 2008).  She has published short stories in MudRock: Stories and Tales and ezine Long Story Short. Her true story, "Mavericks" appeared in the anthology Christmas Presence.


Betsy in printBetsy Fletcher

Betsy's poem “Passion” was published by Rapid River Magazine in 2006.




Alice JohnsonAlice Johnson

Alice's work has appeared in the O. Henry Festival of Short Stories, and recently awarded the first prize in the literary magazine The Crucible.  Two of her short stories appear in the anthologies I Thought My Father Was God, edited by Paul Auster and Alice Redux: Tales of Alice in Wonderland and Lewis Carroll. In addition, she has published in Pembroke Magazine and The Guilford Review.

Karen Lauritzen

Karen Lauritzen

Karen's short stories have been published in WNC Woman and the Chrysalis Reader. She has recently completed her first novel, All Her Worldly Goods, and is at work on a second book.  She is also the co-author of Hope Help and Healing: Traveling for Treatment in China, her first work of nonfiction.  Learn more at her website:


Shonnie LavenderShonnie Lavender in print

Drawing on her personal experience and work as a life coach, Shonnie wrote Live the Life You Imagined: 100 Practical Strategies for Creating Your Ideal Life. With her husband, Bruce Mulkey, she co-authored I Do! I Do! The Marriage Vow Workbook, a step-by-step resource for creating unique wedding vows.  Learn more about  Shonnie at

Valerie in printValerie Ann Leff

Valerie's novel Better Homes and Husbands was published in 2004 by St. Martin's Press and has been optioned for a television series by NBC.  Her stories and essays have been published in magazines like The Antioch Review, Carolina Quarterly, Chelsea, Lilith, The South Carolina Review, The Sun, and many others.


Laurey Masterton

Laurey's book, Elsie's Biscuits, published 2007, is a memoirLaurey Masterton supplemented with her mother's recipes as cookbook author and co-owner of an inn in Vermont and with Laurey's recipes as owner of Laurey's Yum Catering in Asheville, NC. Many of Laurey's stories began as responses to writing prompts in ClarityWorks' classes, but her style and her voice are her own. A delightful read and a wonderful gift to the many writers who cook and cooks who write. To order her book, go to


MarthaMcMin printMartha McMullen

Martha has written a memoir featuring a woody station wagon and its role in her family’s life during WW II. As a stand-alone essay, her chapter "The Lights of Paris," is included in the first edition of The Writers Circle at the Kravis Center, a publication funded by the Picower Foundation. The story was also read by professional actors  at the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach.

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Kelle Olwyler

Kelle is co-author with Jerry Fletcher of Paradoxical Thinking: How to Profit from Your Contradictions (Berrett Kohler Publishers, 1997).  She wrote a column for three years for MoneyWorld magazine and has written numerous pieces for WNC Woman magazine. She  also writes songs she occasionally performs for ClarityWorks' classes.  

Martha Jane Petersen

MarthaJane in printMartha Jane has published articles, pamphlets, poems, essays, and studies primarily for the Presbyterian Church, USA. In 1983, she published God's Fire: A Personal Journey and in 1999 published a history of Villa International Atlanta, a hospitality ministry  in the Atlanta area. In the same year she edited a cookbook for the same ministry entitled, "A Global Table."


Pam Ruatto

Pam's story “Sensitive Ponytail Man" appeared in The Emrys Journal in 2004.


Rachelle in printRachelle Rogers

Rachelle is the nonfiction author of Creative Crafts Desk Handbook (Prentice-Hall), and fiction author of A Love Apart (iUniverse, 2005).  Her poetry has appeared in several anthologies and literary journals including Passager, Sows's Ear Poetry Review and Calyx: A Journal  of Art and Literature by Women. Her short stories have appeared in flashquake, Cezanne's Carrot, and WNC


Lisa S in PrintLisa Sarasohn

Author of The Woman's Belly Book: Finding Your Treasure Within, Lisa’s articles on honoring the body's center have appeared in publications including Yoga Journal, SageWoman, Radiance, and Personal Transformation.



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Susan S. Trout, Ph.D.

Dr. Trout has written Born to Serve: The Evolution of the Soul through Service and The  Awakened Leader: Leadership as a Classroom of the Soul, and The Clarion Call: Leadership and Group Life in the Aquarian Era, as well as many articles. She is Director of Outreach at The Institute for the Advancement of Service, Alexandria, Virginia.

Corrie WoodsCorrie Woods

Corrie began her first book, The Woman's Field Guide to Exceptional Living, at a ClarityWorks' Lake Logan retreat.  Reflecting Corrie's passion as a women's life coach, this is the first book in the series, with book two due out in spring of 2009.



Maggie in printMaggie Wynne

Maggie's story “Morning” received honorable mention in the 2006 WNC-Woman Short Story Contest and her poem “Flash,” a villanelle, was selected for publication in Kakalak’s Anthology of North and South Carolina Poetry, 2006.  In 2008, Kakalak accepted another poem, "Dare."

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Peggy’s workshop prompts are like little sparks...I am always amazed by how many sections of my book and my stories can be traced back to their origin in a ClarityWorks' group.

Valerie Ann Leff, Pennsylvania


A ClarityWorks' class participant, Valerie has published short stories in The Antioch Review, The South Carolina Review, and other journals. Her 2004 novel, Better Homes and Husbands, is optioned for a television serial by NBC.