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Find the Wonder

Stories allow to experience the wonder of life.  Experience a story.  Share a story.


I confess that I live vicariously through my client accomplishments; lucky for me, they are so prolific.  My clients have placed books with Candlewick Press, Greenleaf Publishing, Yotzeret Publishing, Melange Publishing, Bottom Dog Press and more.  They have written for GlamourNational Geographic, The New York Times, Salon, and elsewhere. They have won a Glyph, two Zebulons, a CIPA EVVY, four Colorado Gold finalist’s designations, a Tin House Literary Award and a finalist designation for The Flannery O’ Connor Award for Short Fiction.


My nonfiction journey began as a newspaper journalist, but I found that I most loved the depth and artistry available in magazine articles and essays.  I have been published in The New York TimesArizona Highways, America West Airlines Magazine, PHOENIX Magazine, Black Enterprise, Valley Guide  Quarterly, Scottsdale Magazine, Arizona Business Magazine, Iowa Woman, The Des Moines Register, The Associated Press, Working Woman, Pithead Chapel and moreI am a contributing editor for Short Story Magazine.


Parrot Love is a collection of short stories that explores the many fictions of grief.  My characters inhabit domestic landscapes, in which lies live on in moments of magic and shimmer. InTwenty-Five-Random Things About Me,” which was a top-25 finalist for a Glimmer Train Fiction Open, a girl responsible for the death of her friend meets a boy who’s collecting ghosts. In “All the Love in the World,” which was shortlisted for the Bellevue Literary Prize judged by Jane Smiley, a woman ponders the fate of stray kittens and her ailing father.


I am a firm believer in a custom education. I have two master’s degrees and homeschool my son because we can do more, faster and have more fun.  My clients say that I am homeschooling at the adult level. I’ve also taught in more traditional settings, including the Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University, for the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University and for Phoenix College’s Creative Writing Department.  I teach a free monthly member workshop for the Boulder Writers’ Workshop, which I founded in 2008.

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Award-Winning Short Story Now Available on Wattpad

By Lori DeBoer I’ve been watching Wattpad with interest the past couple of years. This new platform is an exciting up-and-comer in crowdsourced publishing and, while it is brimming with the works of aspiring authors there’s a number of works worth reading there. Best... read more

Shadow Engineer Has Been Released by Addie Rose Press

By Lori DeBoer I am always excited and happy when my clients have book releases, but the feeling is more like proud auntie or grandma.  With the recent release of Shadow Engineer by Addie Rose Press, I feel like a proud book mama.  The book was originally a solo... read more

Clients Dominate 2015 Zebulon Awards

By Lori DeBoer Three of the 17 winners for the 2015 Zebulon Awards, a national writing contest organized by Pikes Peak Writers, were books I worked on as a developmental editor and coach. Kim Lajevardi, Westminster, took first place in the mainstream/literary... read more

After NaNoWriMo: Revising Your Novel

Writing a first draft is merely the first step to bringing a book or story into the world.  Most of the magic of writing occurs during the revision process. As Author Barbara Kingsolver notes:  “Pounding out a first draft is like hoeing a row of corn – you just keep... read more

Workshop: Secrets of Professional Writers

Do you dream about quitting your cubicle and following the muse full time? This course delves into the strategies professional writers use to step up their writing game. You’ll learn about the pathways to publication and professionalization and income opportunities... read more

Torch Song, Valley Guide Quarterly

This article originally appeared in Valley Guide Quarterly, Summer 2000 By Lori DeBoer Glass blowing is not for sissies. Flames flare against the charred wooden paddles that shield Scottsdale artist Newt Grover from the heat of the molten glass he twirls on the end of... read more

A Love-ly Work of Art, Phoenix Magazine

This article originally appeared in Phoenix Magazine, February 2003. by Lori DeBoer Been looking for love in all the wrong places? Well, there’s a whole lotta love these days at the Civic Center Mall in Scottsdale. The newly-acquired “Love” sculpture, towering 12-feet... read more

“To Hear Her Story Told,” Pithead Chapel

By Lori DeBoer When my son was a toddler, I spent a week in the summer writing program offered by Naropa University.  My group was instructed by Bobbie Louise Hawkins, esteemed poet and essayist.  I wrote an essay under her direction but  it was a little far afoot,... read more

“Childish Things” Published in Mamaphonic Anthology

Read an excerpt: “I correspond with some members of a group of people afflicted with PPH. One woman lives on a ranch in some Western state, more than an hour’s drive from a doctor, longer from a hospital.  She blew a hole in her heart giving birth. The baby is... read more



Lori DeBoer, my writing coach, helped me polish and fine-tune my manuscript. She coaxed and cajoled personal stories out of my head and onto the page and reminded me that my voice needed to enliven the rich and sometimes dense subject matter in this book.

Thomas H. Stoner, Jr.

Small Change, Big Gains: Reflections of an Energy Entrepreneur

Jessica Fishman

“I came to Lori to strengthen my manuscript’s story line and narrative arc, tighten its conflict, and improve character development. As a professional development editor, Lori was incredibly supportive of my work, but most importantly gave me specific and constructive criticism to improve my book. Her hands on approach gave me both the knowledge and the skills to be able to improve my writing. Not only does Lori know writing, she also knows the writing business. It was a pleasure working with Lori and I highly recommend her. She is both professional and a great person. Every dollar I spent was worth it.”

Jessica Fishman

Chutzpah and High Heels: The Search for Love and Identity in the Holy Land

Yotzeret Publishing

Brenda Barry

“Best coach ever. Lori and I worked together through two of my books. She’s amazing and they don’t come any better. I would not be where I am today with my book if it wasn’t for Lori D. She taught me so much and I will be using her services again. I have now had two offers from two different publishers and have picked one. And have a third interested, which is so amazing.”

Brenda Ashworth Barry

Seasons of Love and War

Melange Publishing