Essays and Articles

Screen Shot 2014-12-24 at 3.49.28 PMMy work spans a wide variety of experiences and interests, including memoir, patient safety in hospitals, the psychological vicissitudes of the writing life, and more.

My essays attempt to capture moments of surprise and astonishment and give them meaning. They begin in as a passionate response to a life event, met by the struggle to capture it in words.

My freelance articles come from a Screen Shot 2014-12-24 at 3.51.00 PMcognitive passion fueled by my heart and interest in information-sharing, sometimes as a woman, often as a writer, and most often as a woman, a writer, and a psychotherapist.

 A sampling of my clips is available at the following links:

Cynsations – Cynthia Leitich Smith Blog

SCBWI Illinois Praire Wind

The Seven and One-Half Week Moment

Side By Side

The Productivity of Letting Go (AUTHOR MAGAZINE  April 2015)

Letting In the Light: Overcoming Unproductive Self-Talk About Writing

Why I [Kind of] Don’t Journal

Baby Steps to a Better You

From Pessimist to Optimist