Writing can be isolating, especially when you are working through some difficult personal material. That’s why it’s important to be connected with a community of like-minded people who know what you’re trying to accomplish and understand what you're going through. You will feel better and see progress much faster when you surround yourself with others who will support you along the way.
More to the Story is an online community for experienced nonfiction authors. It’s a safe space where authors writing personal stories can connect with others on the same journey. It’s a place to share your struggles and victories, ask questions to inform your process, and find encouragement and support when you feel stuck or stifled with your writing.
It’s a private place away from ads and distraction of other social media platforms where you'll find:
Our philosophy is as much about connection, community, and healing as it is about the writing itself. All of this adds up to a safe space designed especially for nonfiction authors to connect with others writing and sharing personal stories. More to the Story is run by partners and principal editors Janna Marlies Maron and Karen Beattie.
Hey there, I’m Janna Maron and I believe in the healing power of personal storytelling. It’s what prompted me to start Under the Gum Tree back in 2011, and it is the thing that compels me to not only tell my personal story but also to foster safe spaces for writers to write, share, and find support for the story they have to tell.
The official bio: Janna Marlies Maron is a professional editor with more than 20 years of experience helping writers to complete their projects and produce the best work possible. Her experience includes time as a magazine editor, college professor, agency editorial director, and content director for a popular internet brand. She has worked on a number of book projects from self-published Amazon bestsellers to traditionally published New York Times bestsellers. She’s also the founding editor and publisher of Under the Gum Tree, a literary arts magazine publishing creative nonfiction and visual art.
Hi, I'm Karen and I love books. I love reading them, writing them, and I love helping other authors write them as well. There's nothing like that moment I see a spark in a writer's eyes, when she finally realizes that her story has value and that the world needs to hear her voice. I believe that writing our stories with confidence and integrity can transform us, and help heal the world.
The official bio: Karen is the author of two books and numerous magazine articles and essays. She received the Excellence in Publishing Award from the Association of Catholic Publishers for her book, Rock-Bottom Blessings (Loyola Press). She has a master’s degree in journalism and over 20 years of experience as a magazine editor, book editor, agency writing director, and senior content manager for an online media company. She has served as a workshop leader and speaker at various writing conferences, and has a passion for helping authors find their voice and find the courage to write the story they’ve always wanted to tell.