Your Personal Writing Coach

Your story is important. 

Your message is needed. 



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Carmen Renee Berry, MSW, is a New York Times Bestselling Author, writing coach and nationally recognized speaker. Carmen has written and/or co-authored twenty-four books and has been the ghost writer/executive editor for twelve. She is a certified Guided Autobiography instructor, holds a Master of Social Work from the University of Southern California and a Master of Social Sciences from Northern Arizona University.

  • Since signing her first publishing contract in 1985, she has published with HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, Penguin, Thomas Nelson and other independent publishers. 
  • Over the past four decades, Carmen has appeared on countless television programs including Oprah, Gayle King, Sally Jesse Rafael, Montel and national and local shows on CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS and cable networks. 
  • Carmen's story has been featured in Newsweek, USA Today, People Magazine and newspaper and online news outlets. 

If you want to write for pleasure or for publication, Carmen is ready to show  you how to avoid the blunders often made by aspiring writers.  She offers individual and group courses on a wide variety of writing and publishing topics.



  • 1987  When Helping You Is Hurting Me: How to Escape the Messiah Trap, HarperCollins (San Francisco, CA)
  • 1989  How to Escape the Messiah Trap: A Workbook, HarperCollins (San Francisco, CA)
  • 1990  Loving Yourself As Your Neighbor: A Recovery Guide for Christians Escaping Burnout and  Codependency, with Mark Lloyd Taylor, Ph.D., HarperCollins (San Fran
  • 1992 Are You Having Fun Yet? How to Bring the Art of Play into Your Recovery, Thomas Nelson (Nashville, TN)
  • 1995  Girlfriends: Invisible Bonds, Enduring Ties, with Tamara Traeder, Wildcat Canyon Press   (Berkeley, CA)
  • 1996  The Girlfriends Keepsake Book: The Story of Our Friendship, with Tamara Traeder, Wildcat Canyon Press (Berkeley, CA)
  • 1996  Coming Home to Your Body: 365 Simple Ways to Nourish Yourself Inside and Out, PageMill Press (Berkeley, CA)
  • 1996  Who's to Blame?: Escape the Victim Trap and Gain Personal Power in Your Relationship, with Mark W. Baker, Ph.D., Pinon Press (Colorado Springs, CO)
  • 1997  Is Your Body Trying to Tell You Something? Why It Is Wise to Listen to Your Body and  How Massage and Body Work Can Help, PageMill Press (Berkeley, CA)
  • 1997 Girlfriends Talk about Men: Sharing Secrets for a Great Relationship, with Tamara Traeder, Wildcat Canyon Press (Berkeley, CA)
  • 1998  Daddies and Daughters, with Lynn Barrington, Simon & Schuster (New York, NY)
  • 1998 Women's Rites: Girlfriends' Rituals, with Tamara Traeder, Andrews McMeel Publishing    (Kansas City, MO)
  • 1998  Girlfriends for Life: Friendships Worth Keeping Forever, with Tamara Traeder, Wildcat Canyon Press (Berkeley, CA)
  • 1998  Girlfriends Are Forever, with Tamara Traeder, Andrews McMeel Publishing (Kansas  City, MO)
  • 2000 A Friendship Meant to Be, with Tamara Traeder, Andrews McMeel Publishing (Kansas City, MO)
  • 2000  A Girlfriend's Gift: Reflections on the Extraordinary Bonds of Friendship, with Tamara   Traeder, Wildcat Canyon Press (Berkeley, CA)
  • 2001 Girlfriends Get Together: Food, Frolic, and Fun Times, with Tamara Traeder and Janet Hazen, Wildcat Canyon Press (Berkeley, CA)