Writing Credits

Fiction Writing Achievements

2019 Ongoing: Preparing Peg's Story: Detours for April 2020 release

2017 Writer credit on movie shown on Lifetime & other venues: Running Away

2016 Short story in Best Short Stories from Saturday Evening Post's Great American Fiction Contest 2016: "Maria Angelica's Baby"

2011 Screenplay Finalist in Sacramento International Film Festival: Michael Dolan McCarthy

2009 Novel Quarter-Finalist in Amazon Breakout Novel Awards: Michael Dolan McCarthy

2008 Honorable Mention Writer's Digest International Self-Published Book Awards: Running Away

2008 Short Story published in The Maverick: "The Development"

2007 Short Story published in The Maverick: "A Single Christmas Tale"

2007 Honorable Mention Writers Digest Short Story Writing Competition: "Bad Mommy!"

2006 Misc. Crew/Creative Consultant on movie for early script work: Eye of the Dolphin


Self-Publishing Expertise

2019 Runner-Up Photography/Art Category San Francisco Book Awards: Impressionism: Inspiration & Evolution Suzanne   Blaney - Editing & Design by Sheri McGuinn

2019 Client Books published: Impressionism: Inspiration & Design, Suzanne Blaney and My Friend Doc,Betty Fulcomer

2018 & 2019 Sierra Community College, Roseville, CA: Self-Publishing Workshops

2012-current Publisher/author of paperbacks and eBooks as Durare Publishing

2015 Article in July/August 2015 Literacy Today: "Publishing on Demand"

2015 Art Space, Show Low TV: Panel Member

2014 White Mountain Arts Alliance, Show Low, AZ:  Self-Publishing Workshops

2014 National Council of Teachers of English Convention: Poster Presenter: "Self-Publishing for Schools"

2014 Client book published: Freebie the Cat, Kathryn J. Reed

2013 Client book published: All Our Relations, Phyllis Trella

2013 & 2014 Northland Pioneer College, Show Low, AZ: Self-Publishing Workshops

2012 Women Who Write Conference, Louisville, KY: Keynote speaker & workshop presenter

2012 Connect at the Library, Show Low TV: Panel member


Other professional projects

​2015 Write/Design promotional materials for White Mountain Nature Center

2015 Article in GYMOAZ Get Your Mountain On Arizona: "Leave them Wanting More"

2014 Complete Masters of Administration: Emphasis Professional Writing

2011 Producer on trailer Our Wild Coast

Resume: Sheri McGuinn


  • Master of Administration, Professional Writing, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ

  • MS in Education, Learning and Behavior Disorders, Buffalo State College, Buffalo, NY

  • BA Psychology, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA


  • 2005-current: Writer, Editor, Coach & Publisher                  

  • 1995-current Teacher: Special Education, Reading Specialist, Substitute K-12; Workshop Instructor  Career Readiness & Self-Publishing

  • 1991-1994: Child Protection, Chautauqua County, NY                                                  

Written Communication:

  • Excellent professional writing and editing skills. Examples: published articles, stories, and books; legal reports; educational assessments and individualized education plans; website design and maintenance; and grant proposals.

  • Training and experience in adaptation of material for specific audiences. Examples: emphasis on stakeholders in professional writing courses; focus on audience for fiction; and experience adapting course materials for special education students with various needs at various academic levels.

  • Experience in presentation of material in a required format. Examples: genre standards for books; academic citations per appropriate style guides; legal reports; individualized education plans; and grant proposals.

Verbal Communication:

  • Presentation skills highly developed through years of teaching and presenting workshops.

  • Co-ordination of stakeholders practiced as a special education teacher and grant writer.

  • Experienced in working with other professionals as a caseworker, teacher, and writer and as a graduate student.


  • Developed, implemented, and managed specialized education programs including a credit-recovery program for special education high school students and a reading program for junior high school.

  • Design work for my books and clients.


  • Time management and independent prioritization of tasks practiced in all employment and self-employment.

  • Deadlines routinely met.

Research and Analysis:

  • Research skills: Honed through two master’s degrees, employment, and writing activities. Included a collaborative Masters Project on the impact of music on student behavior.

  • Interview skills: Establishing rapport with hostile subjects, use of open-ended questioning, verification of understanding, evaluation and analysis of information obtained.

  • Evaluation and analysis experience also includes: Assessing student academic skills and behavioral issues (through informal and formal observation, interviews, and testing) and assessing child safety and family need for services (through interviews and observation of immediate situation, behavior, and environment). Creativity and innovation were then used to develop alternative solutions.

education: sheri Mcguinn

Masters of Administration: Professional Writing (12/14)

Capstone Project: Presentation at NCTE on Self-Publishing for Schools

Proposal Writing

Advanced Professional Writing

Issues in Professional & Technical Writing: Ethics

Professional Editing

Advanced Technical Writing

Rhetoric & Writing in Professional Communities

Project Management and Document Design

Principles of Administration

Principles of Leadership

Organizational Management

Principles & Strategies of Program Evaluation

​Masters in Education: Learning & Behavior Disorders (12/95)

Graduate Practicum Teaching (FT student teaching)

Lab/Field Experience (PT student teaching)

Masters Project: Background Music & Behavior of Emotionally Disturbed Students

Survey Elements of Reading Instruction

Teaching Literature in Primary Grades

Curriculum Planning for Clinical Teaching

Survey of Specific Learning Disabilities

Students with Special Needs

Evaluation of Individuals with Special Needs

Understanding the Problem Student

Contingency Management in the Classroom

Person to Person Interaction

Workshop in Nurturing Creativity

Other Education Courses

SEI(ESL), Reading, Counseling

SEI & ESL Teaching Methods

Clinical Practice in Reading

Phonics Based Reading & Decoding

Diagnosis & Remediation of Reading Difficulties

Workshop: Multi-Sensory Reading

Workshop: Instruction: Increasing Student Learning

Introduction to Guidance

Foundations of Counseling Theory

Job-Related Training

Teacher Development trainings: Over 150 hours

DSS: 70 hours CPS Core at Cornell + over 74 hours advanced training

​BA in Psychology

General Psychology

Career Planning

Child & Adolescent Psychology

Current Trends in Psychology

Intro to Psychological Research

Intro to Counseling

Seminar: Work & Organization

Practical Parapsychology



Reading & Composition I & II


Fiction Writing

Art of Writing for Youth

Women in Literature

Dramatic Literature: Shakespeare


Introduction to Theater

Theory of Acting I & II

Theater Practicum/Musical Theater

Rehearsal & Performance: Assistant Stage Manager

Stage Directing

Stage Makeup

History & Appreciation of Film (Multiple times)

Film: Bergman Seminar


Español Intermedio (University in Peru 2012)

Cultura, Conversación y Redacción (University in Peru 2012)

Intermediate Spanish

Survey of Spanish Literature

Elementary Italian I & II

High School: 3 years of Spanish & 3 years of French


Fundamentals of Painting & Design

Drawing I

Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain

Introduction to Photography


Applied Music: Saxophone

Applied Music: Classical Guitar

Applied Music: Woodwinds

Intro to Classical Music

Music Theory



Elementary Statistics

Field Biology (Ecology)

Intro to Computers/COBOL

Macromedia Dreamweaver

​Social Sciences/Ethnic Studies/Philosophy

History of Western Civilization

Social History Since 1875

Arizona Constitution & Government

Native American Current Affairs

Native American Literatures

General Logic

Critical Thinking

Physical Education

Sports & Conditioning Classes (multiple)

First Aid

Field Experience: Aquatic tutoring of autistic child

Red Cross previous certifications WSI, Adapted Aquatics, Etc.

writing workshops, conferences, related activities


1981 American Society of Journalists & Authors Tenth Annual Writers' Conference, NYC, NY

1990 Chautauqua Institute Seminar on Grant Writing, Chautauqua, NY

1998 In-service on grant writing through MCSD-TLCFG grant awarded April 1999, Denver, CO

2005 Hassayampa Institute for Creative Writing Conference (one week), Prescott, AZ

2005 Grants USA Grantsmanship Training (18 hours), Pinetop, AZ

2007 Wrangling with Writing Conference, Tucson, AZ

2008 Las Vegas Writers Conference, Las Vegas, NV

2009 The Great American Pitchfest, Los Angeles, CA

2009 LA Times Festival of Books, Los Angeles, CA

2011 Self-Publishing Bootcamp, Stanford, CA

2012 Business of Writing International Summit, Louisville, KY

2012 National Council of Teachers of English & ALAN Annual Convention, Las Vegas, NV

Screenplay Finalist:

2011 Sacramento Film Festival, Sacramento, CA

Keynote Speaker & Presenter:

2012 Women Who Write, Louisville, KY


2013 Business of Writing International Summit, Louisville, KY


2013 & 2014 Self-Publishing Workshops at Northland Pioneer College, Show Low, AZ

2014 Self-Publishing Workshops at Arts Alliance of the White Mountains, Show Low, AZ

Exhibitor & Participant:

2014 Book Expo America, NYC, NY

2014 American Library Association Conference, Las Vegas, NV

Poster Presenter & Participant:

2014 National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention, Washington, DC


2015 Great American Pitchfest, Los Angeles, CA

Exhibitor & Participant:

2017 Citrus Heights Hidden Treasures Art Show, Citrus Heights, CA

2017 Oakland Book Festival, Oakland, CA


2017 WNBA Pitch-O-Rama, San Francisco, CA


2017 Gold Country Writers booth at Gold Country Fair, Auburn, CA


2017 WNBA Author event at the Book Passage, Corte Madera, CA

Featured Author:

2018 Gold Country Writers Six-Author Event, Face In a Book, El Dorado Hills, CA

2018 Gold Country Writers booth at Gold Country Fair, Auburn, CA


2018 Romance writers of America Annual Conference, Denver, CO

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