MotherWriter Founder

I lead a writer’s group in West Phoenix for women balancing the delights and challenges of writing and mothering. Join us! MotherWriter


I have taught creative writing at Phoenix College,a Maricopa County Community College. I designed and wrote an interactive online course called “Nonfic Chick Lit: The Best, the Bestseller, and Yours,” a mid-level course that introduces students to a variety of contemporary women’s memoir to use as a guide for their own, and explores publishing opportunities for their work.


My work has appeared in Mountain Living Magazine, Sun Valley Magazine, Sun Valley Home, and Sun Valley Guide. It includes over thirty cover stories, features, and profiles. Specialties include food, the arts, sustainable living, and mountain adventure. I also contributed a weekly article on the arts to the Idaho Mountain Express, the local weekly paper in Ketchum, Idaho.


As an employee of Arnold Advertising in Denver and then as a freelance copywriter, I produced ads for print, radio, and direct mail in the food and travel industries. Clients included The Fort Restaurant, Strings, Zenith American Grill, and Justice Enterprises.


I’m currently doing substantive editing on a memoir/travel book for a former journalist.

As ghost-editor of The Fort Cookbook: The New Foods of the Old West, by Sam Arnold (HarperCollins), I performed research, writing, and substantive editing, working closely with the author, recipe tester, and editor in New York to produce this autobiographic and historical cookbook nominated for a James Beard Award. It sold over 70,000 copies.

I also have several years of experience as a technical editor, working for Power Engineers in Hailey, Idaho.


Runner-up for the Chris White Award in Memoir/Essay, with “Coyote Carrying a Rabbit.” Goucher College, 2011

Idaho Press Club Award for Best Light Feature, with “The Painted Page,” Sun Valley Magazine, 2003


Goucher College, M.F.A. in Creative Nonfiction, 2011

Denver University Publishing Institute, 1989

Mount Holyoke College, B.A. cum laude, Art History/English 1989

To contact me about teaching, writing, or editing, please call or email.

(c) 602.291.3457

4 thoughts on “Resume

  1. Hello Betsy,
    I’m looking over Blogs (and feeling overwhelmed at the sheer volume of them) as I attempt to launch my own and felt compelled to write to say how much I enjoyed yours. It is fun, lively and relatable.
    Also enjoyed bits about Sun Valley, as I used to live there as well! I vacationed there as a kid, then worked there for a couple of summers. Fond memories.
    Anyway – thanks for writing this. My son, who just a minute ago was a toddler taking all my time and energy, is now at University and will be home soon to help me get this blog thing happening.
    All the best,

    • Patti,
      Thanks for writing! You’re doing more than I did, looking over blogs before actually starting your own. Very smart. It is overwhelming, isn’t it? You’re lucky your son can help–much as I love my weeBots, it will be helpful when they get old enough to tutor me on computer-related everything! When were you living in Sun Valley? My family used to vacation there, too, and then my parents retired to Hailey in 1991, the same year I was traveling around New Zealand and Australia. Where are you in NZ? I look forward to hearing more from you and reading your soon-to-be blog!

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