“A creative writing class may be one of the last
places you can go where your life still matters”
- Richard Hugo

Margaret Caminsky-Shapiro was born, raised and educated in the Republic of South Africa, and it is against the African backdrop that much of her writing is framed. Margaret emigrated to the United States in 1973 and raised her children between the redwoods and the rugged coastline of Northern California. Margaret sipped and tasted the elixir of writing practice and then became a writing practice teacher herself. She has been teaching writing practice classes since the beginning of 2000 and finds teaching this transformational process to be an exquisite experience. Margaret has finally come home to a teaching career she embarked upon in South Africa in 1970. She also has an M.A. in counseling.

   Margaret enjoys the writing process and the sharing of her African childhood, her African heritage and the sound of the kwela guitar and the cowhide drum. Margaret invites you to bring your writing tablet and favorite writing pen and to write the stories of your heritage and your life.

   Besides writing, Margaret enjoys photography and engaging herself within her community. Occasionally she dreams about riding a Harley-Davidson.

   Margaret is available for consultation, public speaking and personalized workshops in business, schools and other settings.


Contact Margaret

Read Margaretís piece
Advice to a Young Writer

Listen to parts of Margaretís radio interview on The Bridge 95.1 Guerneville Radio
   Part I
   Part II