About

Janice with members of her long-standing AACC Continuing Education Memoir class in Annapolis- L to R Kristina von Rosenvinge, author of Escaping the Russian Bear (Lakeshore Press, 2015), Janice, Jane Willingham and Mary Lou Bloom

Janice Gary is an award-winning author, educator, writer of nonfiction and a passionate advocate for those whose stories need to be told – and heard.

Her memoir, Short Leash: A Memoir of Dog Walking and Deliverance, published by Michigan State University Press chronicles a life transformed by a dog, a park and the courage to confront decades of trauma and fear. It has garnered several national awards including an Eric Hoffer Award for Memoir and May Sarton Award for Women’s Memoir. Her essays and stories have also been featured in numerous journals and anthologies.

Janice teaches memoir workshops  around the country for organizations such as the The Writers Center in Bethesda, Maryland,  The Studios of Key West, the International Women’s Writing Guild and the Jung Foundation of New York City. She is also a faculty member for the Master of Liberal Arts Program at Arizona State University.

As a feminist, Buddhist, Dog Mama and lover of the natural world, Janice sees writing as an extension of her life and a way to engage deeply with the world around her. Her students, many of whom have completed books under her tutelage, enjoy her ability to help them see the bigger picture of their lives so they can truly understand their story and tell it in a way that touches the lives of others. Her readers appreciate her lyrical language mixed with humor, honesty and a hard-fought acceptance of life as it is.

Current projects include Matchbook Memoirs©: A Life Up in Flames, and Reeling in the Years: A Memoir Writing Guide©.