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Frances is an award-winning writer and editor with 20-plus years in publishing, including books, magazines, print, and digital. She also teaches writing workshops and serves as writing coach and consultant on creative and technical projects. Her essays, articles, book reviews, and short stories appear in numerous literary and consumer magazines. The author of two biographies and a memoir, To Have Not, about growing up poor in 1970s San Francisco, she is now at work on a book about learning to surf at age 36.
As founder and director of the grant-funded Community Memoir Project, she also brings occasional free memoir-writing workshops to public libraries and community centers, and publishes anthologies of these under-represented voices.