Welcome! We’re self-taught journalists who went from blogging and writing humorous essays about motherhood to landing stories in national and international publications. Our goal is to help other new writers learn from our combined 15 years of freelancing.
Cheryl Maguire is a Massachusetts writer who began writing parenting humor essays to cope with the stress of being a stay-at-home mom of twins. She decided to take some online writing courses to learn about freelance journalism. Eighteen years later, Cheryl’s twins are graduating high school and she has a long list of bylines at outlets including National Geographic, The New York Times, and AARP.
Gina Rich lives in Wisconsin and began blogging in 2014 when her daughters were in preschool and kindergarten. One day in a caffeine-induced state of optimism, she decided to start pitching personal essays to Scary Mommy, HuffPost, and other national outlets. Many rejections later, she realized she had a lot to learn about freelancing. Since then, Gina has written for publications including The Washington Post, WIRED, Good Housekeeping, and Parents.