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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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“All the Love in the World,” Bellevue Literary Review

This short story was shortlisted for the 2013 Bellevue Literary Prize, judged by Jane Smiley, and published in the April 2013 issue of the Bellevue Literary Review. It was inspired by my father, Eldon Rohlk, who had Alzheimer’s Disease and was a farmer in Iowa. ... read more

Gretchen Clark Receives Pushcart Prize Nomination

Client Gretchen Clark was nominated for a 2014 Pushcart Prize for her short essay, “Pink Chrysanthemum” by the literary magazine 94Creations (www.94creations.com). The Pushcart Prize is one of the most celebrated literary prizes. The Pushcart Prize anthology was... read more

“Sustainability Tax,” Boulder Weekly

By Lori DeBoer I interviewed a number of folks for an article, “Sustainability tax:  Boulder County proposes a new levy aimed at boosting local agriculture,” which appeared in the May 22, 2014 edition. You can read the article HERE.... read more

“Last Seen in Transit,” Gloom Cupboard

By Lori DeBoer “Last Seen in Transit” was an edgier, more experimental short story that has more of a gritty, realistic style.  My recent short stories have veered toward magical realism, urban fantasy and science fiction but this stands out for me as a... read more

Gretchen Clark’s Recent Publication Success

Congratulations to my client Gretchen Clark for her recent publication success. Her piece, “Kiss and Make-Up,” won second place in Writer’s Advice 9th Annual Flash Nonfiction Contest. She also had a piece, “Territory, Redefined,”... read more

August 20, 2014 – Lori DeBoer’s Writing Book Club

The Boulder Book Store has asked me to host an ongoing book club at the store. The aptly named Lori DeBoer’s Writing Book Club will meet on Wednesday, August 20 at 7 p.m. at the Boulder Book Store, 1107 Pearl St., Boulder. There is no charge for this event, and... read more

Dawn Virnig’s Romance Wins First Place in Zebulon Contest

Congratulations to client Dawn Virnig, whose debut novel The American took first place for Romance Fiction in the 2014 Pike’s Peak Zebulon Contest. Her novel is about an American woman who must trust a shady Australian tour guide to protect her after she stumbles upon... read more

Amanda McCracken Appears on Katie Couric Show

Congratulations to essayist and journalist Amanda McCracken, Boulder, whose writing on virginity, sexuality and relationships has captured national attention, landing her a spot on the Katie Couric show. “The producers in their research had come across my essays in... 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