Before you can be anything, you have to be yourself.
– E. L. Konigsburg
Maureen Egan has been a freelance writer for national and regional publications, a magazine columnist, an English teacher and a creator of an award-winning food events business. She has written two nonfiction books about Richmond, Virginia, her home of 30 years. A member of 12 x 12 and SCBWI, she is now re-focusing on writing picture book texts and poetry for children. She is a 2022 Baron Fellow at the American Antiquarian Society, researching a nonfiction picture book. Maureen brings a quirky sensibility, insight and liveliness to everything she writes, except this.
More about Maureen
As a freelance writer, Maureen has had essays and features published in Southern Living, The Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor, Virginia Living, Richmond magazine and more, as well as her At Home column for R*Home 2003 -2015. Cricket, Highlights and Wee Ones have purchased poems for children. In 2010, she wrote Insiders’ Guide to Richmond. She then co-founded a food event business, researching and sharing the unvarnished, multi-layered history of Richmond, Virginia while highlighting local eateries and attractions. That led to co-producing Fire, Flour & Fork, an award-winning, curated food festival 2014-2019 and co-authoring Richmond’s Culinary History in 2017. Maureen is back to writing full-time, re-energized to write picture books and poetry as well as nonfiction for children and adults.
Maureen lives in Richmond, Virginia with her husband, tickled that her two adult children have put down roots close by.
There’s often paint on my hands and dirt on my shirt because I learn by doing (and undoing). The crumbs on my lap are a different story.
Writing for adults
So much of Maureen’s writing for adults springs from childhood or hearkens back to it. Specializing in humorous, heartfelt essays and travel, she’s written dozens of articles, including an offbeat column in R*Home for 12 years, and has had features and essays in Southern Living, The Washington Post, The Christian Science Monitor, Richmond magazine, Virginia Living and elsewhere. In 2010 she wrote Insiders’ Guide to Richmond for Globe Pequot Press and co-authored Richmond’s Culinary History in 2017.
Writing for children
Maureen has studied at Highlights Foundation and is an active member of 12 x 12, SCBWI and several critique groups. Cricket, Highlights and Wee Ones have purchased poems. She writes picture book texts and poems that range from rollicking romps to the quiet and cryptic. A Where the Wild Things Are poster she swiped decades ago from a younger sister hangs in her office. Now that she’s back writing for children, we’ll call that foreshadowing.
L’Opossum Sur La Colline de l’Orégon. The full name hints at mischief — and mystery. [ Southern Living ]
It wasn’t my living room then. It was very much the Shumates’ home — unusual angles, high ceilings and walls of windows with views that seduced us. [ R•Home ]
Virginia’s answer to a Pawley’s Island is the Twin Oaks hammock, made in a Louisa County commune. [ Virginia Living ]
I am a long way from distilling my memories of vacationing in the same house with relatives into a story suitable for children. [ R•Home ]
Do not go gentle into that hot tub. Rage, rage against electrifying rub-a-dub. I have the soul of a poet. The body of one, too. [ Richmond Magazine ]
If Clement Hurd had used my kitchen as inspiration for his illustrations in Goodnight, Moon, Margaret Wise Brown’s classic pb, no child would ever have drifted off to sleep. [ R•Home ]
Nothing Ever Happens on My Blog
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