hello,

Do you have a story on your heart, but you don't know how to tell it? That's why I'm here. I'm a storyteller and personal essayist who works with stories in all their beautiful shapes and textures: big or small, quiet or loud.

I have a master's degree in English from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. My bachelor's degree is in English & French from Salve Regina University, where I studied memoir & personal essay with the late Nobel Laureate, Dr. Peter Liotta.

Now, I edit and proofread manuscripts, ghostwrite books, write website copy, translate from French to English, design writing courses, and, of course, collaborate with you for new project ideas. I am also the Communications and Marketing Director for the Colorado New Play Festival, which brings five award-winning playwrights to Steamboat Springs each year to develop new plays.

I was born in New England and spent a formative part of my childhood in the Marshall Islands, in the South Pacific.

I have also lived--often and happily--in different regions of France: in Paris and Dijon and the Loire Valley.  I'm fascinated by place-attachment and reverse culture shock, and how places change in our memories over time. I am currently working on my first novel, about climate change refugees from the Marshall Islands.

These days, I live in Northwest Colorado. You can often find me speaking French or listening to Taylor Swift. If I'm not writing, I love to play the guitar by a campfire, work in the garden, and to sit reading next to John Major, my reference librarian extraordinaire.

© 2019 by Jamie Lynne Burgess