About Me

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Hi. My name is Diana (D.W.) Hirsch. I’m an award-winning author, blogger and journalist.

I’ve written several books, my main genre being nonfiction memoir. I also write short stories, personal essays and humorous short story crime fiction. This is my writing website where I share memoir, haiku, book releases, writerly insights, reviews and adventures in coffee shops.
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Check out these 10 Fun Facts About Me:

1. I danced in the Penn State Dance Marathon (THON) twice, standing awake for 46 hours as an undergrad and as an alum.
2. I became a Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT) in 2011.
3. I am 3-Degrees from Kevin Bacon. I met Harrison Ford (when he was a presenter on a TV awards special I worked on in the 1990s) who worked with Steve Altes (in the 1999 movie, Random Hearts) who worked with Kevin Bacon (in the 2000 movie Hollow Man).
4. I’m a bellydancer.
5. As of June 20, 2016, I have #25,286 Swarm checkins.
6. In college, I became a licensed bartender.
7. I was a teenage hurricane. Look it up.
8. I was the first Junior in my high school to be the school’s newspaper editor.
9. I became a Weight Watchers Lifetime Member in 2003.
10. I have more than 25 pairs of Christmas-theme socks.

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Find me on social media:
Instagram (dwhirsch)
Twitter: (@dianahirsch)
Facebook: D.W. Hirsch, Author
Pinterest (
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Vine (DWHirsch)
Flickr (dwhirsch-Wolfhowlings)
goodreads (D.W. Hirsch)

You can also contact me the old-fashioned way by email: diwolf {at} aol {dot} com

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After years of office jobs and part-time writing gigs, I took advantage of an opportunity to write full-time. Life’s too short not to be healthy and happy. My work has been published in newspapers, magazines and anthologies. The three articles I’m most proud of are: the news expose feature about Delaware Riverfront Casinos; a personal essay about my Dad; and a cover story feature on Marshmallow Peeps history. I write memoir because I’m sentimental, curious about people and love telling real-life stories. My first book was of biblical proportions: an illustrated tale (or tail?) featuring the animals on Noah’s Ark I wrote at age 4, and I’ve kept a journal of some sort ever since.

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My writing earned awards when I joined the National Federation of Press Women (NFPW)in 2003 and entered their annual communications contest.  I became a National Board member in 2015 as Assistant High School Contest Director.

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I taught Zentangle classes and workshops for more than four years. It was fulfilling to share that relaxing, artistic experience with others, but I stepped back to focus on my writing. As a CZT, I’ve gained more patience and am more attentive to being in The Now, as ElfQuest would say.
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Writing in coffee shops is my passion. I wear funky socks.
I fancy myself a Coffee shop ninja. Of course, any type of ninja is cool.

PHOTO OF ME IN A COFFEESHOP OR WITH SNUFFLET FINSE

I support other writers, especially those in my neighborhood. We’re all in this together, after all. I’m a member of several local writers organizations:
Deadwood Writers, a critique group of all genres who offer critique and share writing news at Barnes & Noble in Northville. I write monthly for the group’s blogon the 18th.
Michigan Writers, a group of writers and poets based out of northern part of Michigan. 
Motown Writers Network, a group of writers authors and those interested in publishing who meet monthly at the main branch of the Detroit Library. 
Rochester Writers, a group of professionals who sponsor a spring and fall writers conferences
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MY PERSONAL SIDE————————————————————-
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I was born in Pittsburgh, PA and became the friendly, chatty person I am today because of Dad.
After graduation from Penn State University, I traveled along the East Coast, living in Philadelphia, New Jersey and Delaware. For the past decade, my husband and I have lived in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan.
People say I have a great smile. I certainly have a way with houseplants. Thriving in our house is a plant given to me in 1991 and a Tree from another friend in 1998. I also have a plant from my Dad’s funeral.
When I’m not wearing funky socks and writing in coffeeshops, you’ll find me wearing funky socks and watching Law & Order reruns.
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This quote from comedian Bob Hope sums up the essence of Me:
“I don’t feel old. I don’t feel anything till noon. That’s when it’s time for my nap.”