Beth Barany

Beth coaches and teaches writers and those who want to write. She's done so in two of her favorite places in the world (so far): the San Francisco Bay Area and Paris, France. Raised in Sonoma County, California, Beth knew she wanted to be a writer from a young age, and started at age 7 by writing her first book about her family's cats with her brother. Beth started teaching writing by teaching it to ESL students in Oakland, California. Soon, they were surprised to be writing short stories in their new English-language skills, and most importantly, they were enjoying it. (Well, most of them were.) Determined to get published, Beth published her first journalism article in the Paris Free Voice while she was living in the City of Lights in the early 1990s. It only took four tries and five rewrites! From working in journalism for 15 years, Beth switched her focus to fiction, and now writes fantasy and science fiction. She currently has a young adult fantasy novel under consideration by agents and editors. On her off-hours, Beth enjoys the outdoors, gardens, watches movies, and reads! Beth is married to singer/song-writer and high school physics teacher, Ezra Barany.

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  • http://www.byjanet.net/purple Janet

    Sounds like a fun year! Have never traveled to Europe yet but would love to. And capoeira looks so great! I’ve done other forms of martial arts but never tried this. I consider myself a writer but not a published one (yet) so I have to remind myself about my accomplishments and gratitude even if I may sometimes think I’m not a real writer.

  • http://www.bethbarany.com Beth Barany

    Janet, Thanks for stopping by. Well, you’re a writer if you write! What martial arts have you done?

  • http://www.lizandrashaw.com Liz

    Wow! What a great year! I am so impressed about the capoiera and well, everything else. Keep going. I know you’re going to have a banner year in 2013.

  • http://www.bethbarany.com Beth Barany

    Thanks Liz!

  • http://avpergakis.com Anastasia V. Pergakis

    Such wonderful accomplishments! Way to go! I think I might do the same thing – actually write them down. I just sort of thought about what I got done this year in my head but writing them down seems like a great way to really cement it that you did great!

    And thanks for the mention as well! It has been wonderful and an honor to work with you. You’ve introduced me to some amazing authors and really helped my own business grow. I can’t thank you enough!

    Here’s to 2013 being the best ever – we’ll see if we can make that list twice as long!

  • http://www.bethbarany.com Beth Barany

    Anastasia, Yes, write your list! And share it with us when you do. :-) It’s been a pleasure working with you too. May 2013 been awesome and the best year ever for you, too!