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
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
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.
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
Advanced Professional Writing
Issues in Professional & Technical Writing: Ethics
Advanced Technical Writing
Rhetoric & Writing in Professional Communities
Project Management and Document Design
Principles of Administration
Principles of Leadership
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
Teacher Development trainings: Over 150 hours
DSS: 70 hours CPS Core at Cornell + over 74 hours advanced training
BA in Psychology
Child & Adolescent Psychology
Current Trends in Psychology
Intro to Psychological Research
Intro to Counseling
Seminar: Work & Organization
Reading & Composition I & II
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
History & Appreciation of Film (Multiple times)
Film: Bergman Seminar
Español Intermedio (University in Peru 2012)
Cultura, Conversación y Redacción (University in Peru 2012)
Survey of Spanish Literature
Elementary Italian I & II
High School: 3 years of Spanish & 3 years of French
Fundamentals of Painting & Design
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
Field Biology (Ecology)
Intro to Computers/COBOL
Social Sciences/Ethnic Studies/Philosophy
History of Western Civilization
Social History Since 1875
Arizona Constitution & Government
Native American Current Affairs
Native American Literatures
Sports & Conditioning Classes (multiple)
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
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
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