Maureen Dunphy wrote her first book, Great Lakes Island Escapes (Wayne State University Press, 2016), after visiting 136 Great Lakes Basin islands on 27 trips over two summers. The 2017 Michigan Notable Book was awarded the 2017 Midwest Book Travel Award and the 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Travel/Travel Guide Award. Maureen's second book, All About the Great Lakes (Blue River Press, 2020), is juvenile nonfiction. Her latest book, Divining, A Memoir in Trees, (Wayne State UniversityPress, February 2023), shows how trees can be sites of emotional refuge, sources of intellectual enrichment, and a boon to physical, mental, and spiritual health. She has also published shorter works in fiction and nonfiction.
Maureen is lead fiction editor for Clockhouse, a national literary journal. In the past decade, Dunphy taught writing courses at Oakland University, the University of Windsor and Oakland Community College. She has taught writing at Lost Lake Writer’s Retreat, Clockhouse Writer’s Conference at Goddard College, and Far Field Writer’s Retreat at Oakland University, as well as retreats in the Irish Hills and on Pelee Island.
She also individually coaches writers; assists writers with queries, book proposals and manuscripts; creates writing workshops and retreats, and provides editing services for both individuals and institutions.
Maureen earned her BA in English from Oakland University and her MFA in Fiction Writing from Goddard College in Vermont. In her first career, spanning more than 20 years, she was an instructional designer and video writer, primarily for clients in the automotive industry.