About ~m

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Margaret Osburn‘s professional experience includes national and mid-sized newspapers, magazines, annual reports, literary and academic journals, film, radio, websites, and books.  She has received a number of awards for writing, editing, and content development.

As a writing coach and content editor she has worked with more than 200 writers through the Deepdene Studio & Writers Workshop, Baltimore, MD. Many of these writers have published books (Macmillan, University of Georgia Press, self-publishing presses), personal essays (NYTimes, Nation, Style, The Baltimore Sun, Urbanite, etc.), and won prizes ($20,000 National Aviation Hall of Fame Combs-Gate Prize, City Paper Fiction Contest). One client has a movie deal.

Margaret also teaches in The Johns Hopkins University (JHU) Odyssey Program: “Narrative in Fiction and Memoir,” spring 2016 [student evaluations], “Memory & Imagination: A Weekend Writers Retreat,” spring 2016 [evaluations], as well as “Writing from Personal Experience” and “The Journal as Personal Essay.”  She also has taught for JHU Osher and JHU Carey, Maryland Institute, College of Art, and Smithsonian Associates, Washington, D.C. She was a featured speaker at the 2011 national writer’s conference in Baltimore, sponsored by Passager literary journal.

In 2015, three of her short stories were selected for publication in the following literary journals: CALYX (“The Jelly Women,” Summer 2016), Existere (“Between the Rows,” Summer 2015), and Salamander (“When Desire Can’t Find Its Object,” Winter 2015).  “When Desire Can’t Find Its Object” was chosen by best-selling novelist Jennifer Haigh as runner-up in the 2014 Salamander Fiction Contest.  …A fourth published story in the Jelly Women series will be appear in the spring 2018  Raleigh Review.

Margaret’s first freelance project was as the writer, cinematographer, and producer of a documentary film, Once There Was A City. The film recounts the history and gentrification of an Indianapolis inner-city neighborhood thought to be the setting for Booth Tarkington’s novel, The Magnificent Ambersons. The film aired on PBS.

To read examples of Margaret’s work as a “literary artist,” including an essay on her fiction writing methods (far different than her methods and work product as a nonfiction writer), follow this link to the Baker Awards Nomination Page: http://bakerartist.org/nominations/view/margaretosburn/

TO CONTACT Margaret for a fiction or nonfiction manuscript review, help with a book proposal, editing, private coaching, or to arrange for or to participate in a small workshop for writers, please email deepdenewriters@gmail.com.

Margaret is also available to speak to small or large groups on topics related to life writing, memory & imagination, reading like a writer, thinking like your editor, and specific facets of art and craft. Please email deepdenewriters@gmail.com with your inquiries and requests.



6 thoughts on “About ~m

  1. The beauty of this website, its magnificence, is not just about the website, but about the assemblage of writers, writing and relationships that the site maps. Baltimore is fortunate to have this vigorous creative network as well as this lovely website to express it.


  2. Margaret is a treasure to writers who are serious about improving their craft! Her coaching and editing continue to challenge, teach, and inform my writing. I shudder to think of submitting (let alone publishing) work without first getting her editorial input.


  3. This beautiful website honors the writer’s words just like Margaret honors each writer she works with. Margaret is a treasure,


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