Hi, I’m Debra. Writer, poet, blogger, Librarian, advocate for those struggling with mental health, poverty, and addiction, as well as runner, book lover, dog lover, and taco-enthusiast. I am a believer in the freeing, healing, and connecting power of words, language, and voice, especially for those who have been marginalized, traumatized, oppressed, and abandoned. Your story matters. I am happy you are here.
If you dream of writing, filling your notebook, and finding ways to give voice to your poems, stories, essays, and more, then you are in the right place.
Writers tend to find each other, and I’m glad you are here. You can find my writing in the blog and also in the portfolio under Writing.
You can also sign up for writing courses & workshops under Courses. Let’s find our writing voices by paying attention and being curious together, in the words of Poet Mary Oliver
You will find me here in my virtual writing living room. Or outside in nature or the wilderness, walking. Or reading other amazing poets and writers. All of these are part of my creative writing process. I’d love to have you meet me there. I’d also love to share in my wellness & trauma-informed writing practice with you, especially if you are struggling and healing. Wherever you are in your writing or inside yourself, let’s make a way in the wilderness.
Writing & Creativity
Writing poems is my life love. Writing is who I am. I have an MA in Creative Writing + English Literature. I am also an online influencer around writing and creativity and work in my day job as a Librarian. Join me to learn about writing, the writing life, writing workshop support, trauma-informed writing, and so much more.
Writing & Wilderness
Writing helps us find ourselves within an interior journey that often begins outside of us. The best way to be inspired is to be curious and pay attention to the world around us, such as nature and the wilderness. In addition, the wilderness is a place that can symbolically represent our interior landscape, and help us find wellness in our writing.
Writing + Mental Health
Mental health, mental wellness, health and wellness, trauma + storytelling are all terms growing in popularity. Writing has a huge role in mental wellness. We can find many ways to write ourselves towards wellness, and I hope you will explore this with me here, as I provide trauma-informed writing practice guidance.
“I was only a kid, but I knew the truth:
that anyone with a wing dragging
in the dust needed more
from the world than
it was giving them– “
Debra Franke, Killdeer
You are the crystallized copper specimen extracted with
hammer and chisel under water,
hanging on my neck
Debra Franke, Gull Rock Fissure Vein, Keweenaw County
My name is Debra. I am a writer, poet, creative, Librarian, photographer, dog mama, and community builder. I also have my MA (Creative Writing & English Literature) and love writing, inspiring, and educating.
I am also exploring writing and mental health, and the writing/wellness journey in a trauma-informed way. Please sign up for our emails so you don’t miss out on new courses, freebies, writing tools, groups, and more.
My virtual writing gatherings and you can sign up now. I am creating an honest and authentic space in which you can belong and be yourself in words, language, and your life and also find wellness and inspiratio
I was travelling to Iceland. A friend asked me to blog about it. I encountered the Northern Lights and have never forgotten that feeling of being on the edge of the world and witnessing such undeniable beauty in the sky. Read more here.
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