About Barbara

Barbara Ann YoderBarbara Ann Yoder has worked as a writer and editor for more than twenty years. She has published stories, interviews, and articles and is currently developing a book for women who write. She is the author of The Recovery Resource Book.

Barbara has edited websites, blogs, ezines, magazines, and books; developed strategic communications and fundraising appeals for literary nonprofits; and created marketing collateral for publishers. For several years she served as executive director of the New Hampshire Writers’ Project and on the advisory board of the MFA in fiction and nonfiction program at Southern New Hampshire University.

She was a senior editor at National Writing Project and has been a member of the AROHO Speaks: Writer to Writer interview team and a volunteer for the Berkeley Public Library Foundation Authors Dinner. Barbara has worked for both independent publishers and major trade publishers and media companies—from O’Reilly & Associates to HarperCollins and AOL.

In her work for literary nonprofits, she has developed curriculum and produced educational and cultural programs. As a writing teacher and coach, she has mentored writers of all skill levels and ages—from early teens to late eighties. She coaches middle and high school students through WriterCoach Connection. She earned an MFA in creative writing from San Francisco State University.

In all of her professional roles—from business manager to entrepreneur to nonprofit leader to educator and coach—Barbara has approached her work as a teacher and a learner. She delights in helping individuals and organizations grow by being receptive to their needs, researching possibilities, presenting models, and collaborating on creative and practical solutions.

Hikers gather for a poetry reading at the Kearsarge Poetry Festival in NH.

Hikers gather for a poetry reading in the graveyard of horses during the Jane Kenyon Walk at the Kearsarge Poetry Festival. Barbara worked with NHWP staff, volunteers, poets, and funders to produce the festival, which drew participants from ten states. Read about the event here. Photo by Brian Faughnan.