Publications, Writing Samples, and Recognitions

Books:

Birth Plans for Dummies. Co-authored with Sharon Perkins, RN. (Wiley, 2012); ISBN: 1118317378.

(Kindle edition) The Doula Advantage: Your Complete Guide to Having an Empowered and Positive Birth with the Help of a Professional Childbirth Assistant.  (Three Rivers Press, 2012); ASIN: B009Y4I9XS.

FabJob Guide to Become a Doula (Revised). (FabJob.com, 2009); ISBN: 1894638034.

FabJob Guide to Become an Image Consultant. Co-edited with Tag Goulet. (FabJob.com, 2004); ISBN: 1894638565.

The Doula Advantage: Your Complete Guide to Having an Empowered and Positive Birth with the Help of a Professional Childbirth Assistant. (Three Rivers Press, 2003); ISBN: 0761500588.

 

Books, Contributing Author:

“Beside Heaven’s Waters,” Tel Aviv Short Stories, Edited by Shelley Goldman and Joanna Yehiel. (Ang-Lit.Press Shelley Goldman, 2009); ISBN: 9659137109.

“Breastfeeding: Insights from the Torah and Sages,” Hadassah Book of Health and Wellness, Edited by Dr. Robin E. Berman, Arthur Kurzweil, and Dale L. Mintz. (Jossey-Bass, 2006); ISBN: 0787980714.

“Illustrator,”; “Doula,” Dream Careers, Edited by Tag and Catherine Goulet. (FabJob, 2006); ISBN: 1894638905.

 

Online Columns/Blogs:

Fertility, About.com, http://infertility.about.com/, from 2008 to present.

Preconceived Notions: Infertility after Motherhood, Conceiveonline.com, March 2009 to June 2009.

 

Online Writing Samples:

Favorites published at About.com:

 

Book excerpt from Birth Plans for Dummies:

 

Book excerpt from FabJob Guide to Become a Doula:

 

Partial List of Other Publications:

  • Use a Doula for a Better Birth Experience,” (article) BlogHer and Pamper’s Absolute Beginners Series, 2013.
  • “Five Seeds,” (poem) Literary Mama, 2008.
  • “I Know Kindness,” (poem) The Writers’ Journal, 2008.
  • “Real Stories Of Doula Life,” “Finding a Doula,” SheKnows.com, 2004.
  • “Sifting,” (poem) Horizons, Fall 2004.
  • “Overcoming Negative Birth Experiences,” ePregnancy Magazine, February 2003.
  • “Stop Yelling! A Practical Guide to Controlling our Temper,” The Jewish Homemaker, Summer 2002.
  • “The Art of Self-Nurture,” Myria.com, May 2002.
  • “Take Care of Yourself Mom,” Piedmont Parent, March 2002. Reprinted in Washington Families Magazine, May 2002; Pittsburgh Parent, May 2002; Northwest Baby and Child, May 2002.
  • “Pregnancy Block,” WriteFromHome.com, April 2002.
  • “Recording your Child’s Birth,” Pregnancy Magazine, Spring 2001.
  • “The Birth Center Alternative,” Pregnancy Magazine, December/January 2001.
  • “Improve your Corporate Relations with 14 Words,” Secrets and Strategies for Office Professionals, August 2000.
  • “Dating with Baby: How to enjoy couple time with your baby,” Northwest Baby and Child, June 2000. Reprinted in Parent Guide, July 2002; Capital District Parent, April 2002.
  • “Mindless to Priceless: Turning your mindless routines into priceless writing time,” The Writing Parent Newsletter, May 2000.
  • “Baby Love,” FamilyClick.com, February 2000.

 

Awards and Recognitions (partial list):

“What I Don’t Know at This Moment,” Top 25 April 2013 Poem-a-Day Challenge Winner. Writer’s Digest Poetic Asides Blog.

“Searching,” Top 50 April 2011 Poem-a-Day Challenge Winner. Writer’s Digest Poetic Asides Blog.

The William Shakespeare Award (“for the Momwriter who believes, feels and shows how poetry is not only his/her genre, but also their essence”); Momwriter’s Annual Golden Pen Awards, 2009, 2013.

“A Passionate Risk Taking Year,” 1st place winner, 2007 Funds for Writer’s Essay Contest.

“I Know Kindness,” 1st place winner, 2007 Momwriter’s Anniversary Poetry Contest.

“One More Chance, One More Day,” Honorable Mention, Writer’s Weekly 2007 24-Hour Short Story Contest.

 

Creative Writing Instructor Positions:

Writing instructor for Long Ridge Writers Group’s “Break into Print” course (2003 – 2009):

Taught fiction and non-fiction writing to aspiring writers. Provided line-by-line edits on all aspects of the work, in addition to writing an instructional letter detailing and explaining problems and possible solutions to bring piece up to publishable standards. Also helped students find their niche and teach students the submission and marketing process.

“Transforming Personal Experiences into Articles, Stories and Poetry,” with The Jewish Writing Institute (January to February 2008):

Conceived, wrote, and facilitated course. Course taught students what kinds of experiences can lead to articles, stories, and poetry; how to increase idea generation, how to transform life into art with words, and how to use their lives as a source for material without causing overexposure. Provided feedback on student work and facilitated helpful student-to-student feedback.

“Powerful Writing,” with The Jewish Writing Institute (October to November 2007):

Conceived, wrote, and facilitated course. Course taught the four keys to powerful writing – choosing a powerful topic, creating compelling first and last pages, using powerful dialogue, and writing clutter-free. Course offered exercises to start using these secrets right away. Provided feedback on student work and facilitated helpful student-to-student feedback.

“Breaking Through Writer’s Block: 6 Fears That Writer’s Face, and How to Break Through,” with The Jewish Writing Institute (June to July 2007):

Conceived, wrote, and facilitated course. Course aimed to help participates understand why they can’t write, get them to start rethinking the negative thoughts that hold them back, discover practical ways to break through block, and participate in creative exercises. Worked with students, providing feedback they could use that would not only help them move past blocks but not further block them by raising the ire of the Inner Critic.

 

Professional Development Courses (partial list):

Spark and Sizzle: Crafting Flash Fiction. Melanie Faith. January 20-February 24, 2012. Online.

Master Class in Narrative. Joan Leegant. January 30th, 2012. The Studio; Moshav Bitan Aharon, Israel.

Reading Like a Writer. Joan Leegant. February 7, 14, 21, and 28, 2012. The Studio; Moshav Bitan Aharon, Israel.

Diving into the Ordinary (poetry course). Melanie Faith. April 13-May 18, 2012. Online.

Story is a State of Mind: Summer School. Course creator: Sarah Selecky, Summer session facilitator: Frances Phillips. July 23-September 6, 2012. Online.

Master Class: Fiction, Memoir, and the Landscape Between. Sarah Van Arsdale and Peter Bricklebank. September 12, 2012. The Studio; Moshav Bitan Aharon, Israel.

Found in Translation with Peter Levitt. September 4-October 16, 2012. Online.

For my professional CV, which includes information on my editorial positions, please see my LinkedIn Profile: http://www.linkedin.com/in/rachelgurevich