Welcome

 

Diana Stout is a writer, teacher, writing coach, reader, mentor, researcher, someone who loves the written word and has a curiosity beyond measure on many, many topics.

Her mission statement:  To provide information, inspiration, and enthusiasm for the craft of writing, to be a helpful resource, and hopefully provide some entertainment.

Her vision statement:  Through my two writing blogs, Only for the Brave and Behind the Scenes, to reveal and show what writers do, how they think, how they struggle to create their writings and persevere despite the rejections, the solitary hours.

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Dr. Stout believes in living small, creating a small footprint. Once she returned to her creative writing roots, she downsized from a 760-square-foot apartment to one measuring only 520 square feet. With a living room that became her office, her oldest daughter pointed out: You’re living in an office that happens to have a bedroom and a kitchen. 

It’s true. And, it makes her smile, because she’s living her dream of being surrounded by books and writing full time.

 More about this writer and teacher . . .

Diana Stout, MFA, Ph.D. is a screenwriter, author, who enjoys teaching others about writing. Her students have said, “She smiles when she talks about writing.”

An award-winning writer in multiple genres, she published magazine articles, short stories, poetry, served both as a newspaper and magazine columnist, had two short plays produced in New York, optioned a screenplay, and published three romance novels.

Her writing career officially began with a weekly newspaper column, “Only for the Brave,” that ran for five years, where she wrote about motherhood, marriage, and life in general through the Marshall Evening Chronicle. From there, she turned to magazines, and then romance novels.

Soon, she was writing screenplays, and working with half a dozen different producers who loved her writing and wanted to see everything and anything she wrote.

A major life change brought her creative writing to a grinding halt. Having to work full-time and wanting to earn a living related to her writing passion, she returned to school while working full-time.  Once she began her master’s degree, she began earning a living–living one of her dreams–teaching others how to become better writers.

Since obtaining her PhD in 2013, her dissertation, which focused on the teaching of avoiding plagiarism, is downloaded every month, at first modestly but with the number of downloads increasing every month. From mid-summer 2016, it’s been downloaded 40 times each month. Consequently, she’s been asked to write a book that would be useful to both teachers and students alike.

She has taught classes both online and in-seat at Bainbridge Community College, Kellogg Community College, Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Western Michigan University, and Davenport University where she was an Associate Department Chair and Associate Professor.

Today, she has returned to her creative writing roots and celebrates that return which featured her first major, mainstream, fantasy literary YA novel, Grendel’s Mother, published in March 2016.

Along the way, she discovered she had various intuitive abilities. She believes everyone has these abilities provided they listen and strengthen those abilities. She shares her discovery and her experiences blog, Into the Core: One Woman’s Mystic Journeyinviting other to develop their abilities, too.

In her spare time, she enjoys puzzles, watching movies, and helping other writers (as a writing coach) reach their goals.

Currently, she is at work writing her Laurel Ridge novella series, a time-travel romance novel, and screenplays.