About Deb

Deb MckewWordsmith at Work

I love words. Playing with words makes me smile. When someone asks me what I do, I answer, I am a wordsmith. A wordsmith is more than a writer. A wordsmith truly understands that words are meant to be crafted, and that each craftsperson is unique.

When I need a bit of inspiration, I turn to one of the greatest writers of all time, William Shakespeare. Everyone knows how great his plays are, the characters, the plots, the settings – all great. But, what I love most about this amazing writer is that he made up a lot of words! Shakespeare was a master wordsmith, a craftsman of words. He really knew how to make words dance! His imagination was limitless.

As a writer and a writing instructor, I believe that imagination and creativity need to be fed by inspiration. I am dedicated to providing my students a variety of opportunities for inspiration to occur.

“Words are my paint, my clay, my dance steps.”
—Alice Fogel

In a workshop environment where everyone contributes to the process, I teach students of all ages how to be better writers and how to have fun with the writing process. Before you can begin that process, you must be open to observation, experience, thought, and reflection.

I encourage my students to dig deep and allow their creative spirits to surface; generating ideas is the first step. Collaboration and feedback are critical steps all along the way. It’s a magnificent journey full of fun and adventure, and, as Karen Elizabeth Gordon writes in her grammar book, The Deluxe Transitive Vampire, “words, too, have hoofs and wings to transport us far and deep.”

Deb’s Credentials:
  • Contributing Editor, Kearsarge Magazine
  • Adjunct Writing Instructor, Colby-Sawyer College
  • NH certified secondary English teacher, Upper Valley Teacher Institute
  • M.S. in Science Journalism, Boston University’s College of Communication
  • B.A. in English and biology, Mount Holyoke College
  • Feature writer for regional and national magazines
  • Member NH Writers’ Project
  • Member Lake Sunapee Region Center for the Arts

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