Maureen Ryan Griffin


Area of instruction at CPCC:
Journalism and Writing

About me:
Ms. Griffin has loved words since her “Cat in the Hat” days. She considers sharing her knowledge of and passion for writing both a joy and a privilege, believing, as author Julia Cameron says, that “we are meant to midwife dreams for one another.” She has midwifed writing, publishing, and many other creative dreams for more than fifteen years through Queens University and Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, North Carolina; the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, North Carolina; and a wide variety of other venues including the North Carolina Writers' Network, civic and other organizations, private women’s groups, bookstores, schools, and churches. She offers individual coaching and critique, as well as an expansive selection of retreats, workshops, and classes, through her business, WordPlay (

Career accomplishments:
An award-winning poetry and nonfiction writer, Griffin’s work has appeared in numerous publications, including The Texas Review, The Charlotte Observer, St. Anthony Messenger (Ohio), Potato Eyes (Maine), Kalliope (Florida), Chelsea (New York), Cincinnati Poetry Review, Catfish Stew (South Carolina), Catalyst (Georgia), and Calyx (Oregon). She is the author of Spinning Words into Gold, a Hands-On Guide to the Craft of Writing, a grief workbook entitled I Will Never Forget You, and two collections of poetry, This Scatter of Blossoms and When the Leaves Are in the Water. Her essay, "Waiting for My Real Life to Begin," appears in Marlo Thomas's The Right Words at the Right Time, Volume 2 (Atria Books, 2006) and her poem, “Such Foolishness,” is included in Thirteen (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2003).

Experience in your field:

  • North Carolina Writers' Network
  • John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, North Carolina
  • Civic and other organizations
  • Private women’s groups
  • Bookstores
  • Various schools and churches

Additional areas of interest:

Poetry and non-fiction

Affiliations and Recognitions:

Griffin frequently reads her commentary on Public Radio Station WFAE 90.7.  As well as the numerous  recognitions and awards mentioned above