MAUREEN RYAN GRIFFIN has taught the art and craft of writing for over twenty-five years through a wide variety of venues, including Queens University and Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, the John Campbell Folk School in the Appalachian Mountains, and Chautauqua Institution in New York. An award-winning poetry and nonfiction writer, Griffin has published in numerous publications, including Calyx, Chelsea, Cincinnati Poetry Review, and The Texas Review. She is the author of Spinning Words into Gold, a Hands-On Guide to the Craft of Writing; The TAG, I’M IT! Daily Practice: A Three-Month Journey of Thanksgiving, Acknowledgement, Gratitude, and Intention . . . So You Can Live More Fully All Ways; a Christian’s guide through grief entitled Praying You Goodbye; and three poetry books. A poem from her latest collection, Ten Thousand Cicadas Can’t Be Wrong, was featured on The Writers’ Almanac.

Recipient of CPCC’s 2018 Irene Blair Honeycutt Legacy Award honoring a community member who has contributed outstanding service in support of local and regional writers, Maureen offers individual coaching, as well as retreats, workshops, and classes, through her business, WordPlay (