Sheppard B. Kominars, PhD, began teaching writing in 1956 at Washington College and has enjoyed a long career in higher education, consulting in health and education, and counseling. He has presented workshops at locations that include University of California at San Francisco Medical Center, Kenyon College, Stanford University Complementary Care Center, Kaiser Permanente, Cancer Center of the Desert, Kenyon College, Dignity International, Fifty-Plus for Seniors, Golden Gate Senior Center, The Heritage in S.F., Sequoias Senior Center, All Saints Church, and more.
A graduate of Kenyon College, Columbia University, and Boston University, Dr. Kominars has been a journal writer for more than fifty years and has written a previous book on recovery. More information about journaling for health can be found on his website at www.journaldoctor.com.
Frank McCourt (1930-2009) was born in in Brooklyn, New York, to Irish immigrant parents, grew up in Limerick, Ireland, and returned to America in 1949. For thirty years he taught in New York City high schools. His first book, Angela's Ashes, won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award and the L.A. Times Book Award. In 2006, he won the prestigious Ellis Island Family Heritage Award for Exemplary Service in the Field of the Arts and the United Federation of Teachers John Dewey Award for Excellence in Education.