My Writing Journey
In the 1960s and 1970s my writing passion sprung from my secret diaries, short stories, and school assignments while growing up on New York City’s Lower East Side and spending summers in the country at New England camps.
I spent my early work years in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania as a television journalist when writing three-minute stories was common and corroboration with sources was expected.
Later, as a documentary producer, I tackled tough topics that stayed with me well beyond airtime. The stories and topics inspired me to leave journalism for front line roles with organizations cultivating the common good.
I spent the next 30 years working for small and large non-profits dedicated to much of what I had reported on – health, housing, and civic engagement. In my new writer life I now creatively “cover” the common good through short fact and fiction pieces inspired by life experiences. I employ combinations of grit, wit and grace for storytelling meant to spark reflection and joy for everyone’s next chapter.
Stacey Parkins Millett now pursues creative writing and non-profit consulting passions after full-time work in philanthropy, health equity, and community development.
Her early journalism career with CBS and PBS TV stations in Pennsylvania involved writing news stories and documentaries. She shifted gears to leadership roles in community development and grantmaking in hopes of advancing the common good but kept writing on the back burner.
Stacey has run sixty marathons, practices Yoga, and relishes swing dancing. She grew up on New York City’s Lower East Side and lives between her childhood home and Asheville, North Carolina.
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