“Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.” ~ Judy Garland
Welcome. Thanks for visiting.
I’m a writer, blogger, speaker and teacher.
I created this blog to encourage others to beat the self-defeating beliefs that plague them. Since I’m a writer I share this via the writer’s journey: the fears that hold us back, the actions that help us move forward. Occasionally I expose my own vulnerable moments, because I have them and sometimes it helps readers know they’re not alone.
Feel free to share your own story, or pose a question by visiting the Contact Denise page.
Check out some of my essays in these wonderful magazines.
This essay explores the things they never tell you about the dark night of the soul. It received the Writers Studio Award for Creative Nonfiction (2008) and was published in the Progenitor, 2009. *Published under Denise Turner.
The Middle of Nowhere
“The Middle of Nowhere” was the theme for this short piece about fantasy & running away, published in The Sun, Readers Write section, September 2009.
I’ve served as a judge for book and essay competitions, developed and taught workshops on writing for personal awareness. I worked my way through college, studying a bit in France and working as a liaison to help foot the bill. For a while I lived in the Czech Republic, where I taught English and spent free time writing in various cafes throughout Prague.