About me, Claire Gebben
I was born and raised on the southeast side of Cleveland in Moreland Hills, Ohio, and penciled my first, and still unpublished, novel at age ten, 101 pages on blue-lined notebook paper. After earning a BA in Psychology from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, I eventually settled in Seattle. Throughout my career, I’ve worked as a newspaper columnist, newsletter editor, and ghostwriter, all the while raising a family and pursuing my first love of writing. In 2011, I earned an MFA in Creative Writing through the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts. My writing has appeared in Shark Reef, The Speculative Edge, The Fine Line, Family Chronicle , and German Life. A full list of my publications and links to articles, where available, is found here. I have been a columnist on writing, reading, and publishing for The Mercer Island Reporter, and enjoy speaking, teaching, and mentoring. My family history memoir How We Survive Here: Families Across Time is due for release from Coffeetown Press in November of 2018.