Cherie Kephart

Cherie is an award-winning author, freelance editor, writing coach, and workshop facilitator passionate about inspiring people on their writing journeys. After serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Zambia, Cherie brought home an African souvenir she didn’t expect: a mysterious illness that almost killed her. This inspired her to write her multiple award-winning memoir, A Few Minor Adjustments, which Kirkus Reviews called, “A rich and complicated story,” and Publisher’s Weekly, “A story of gut-wrenching perseverance and determination.”  Her other publications include The Healing 100 and Poetry of Peace, as well as essays, short stories, and poems in various literary journals and anthologies such as Shaking the Tree, The San Diego Decameron Project, and A Year in Ink. She is a two-time winner of the San Diego Memoir Showcase and was voted Author of the Month by the San Diego Central Library. She is also on staff at the Southern California Writers’ Conference and the Santa Barbara Writers Conference. A graduate of the University of Auckland, New Zealand, with an M.A. in Medical and Cultural Anthropology, she also holds a B.A. in Communications from UCSD and a Certification in Scientific and Technical Writing. Connect with her at