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Creative Writing

My prose and poetry can be found in CWC Literary Review, Fault Zone anthologies (Volumes 1 through 7), Porter Gulch Review, Home for the Holidays: Stories & Recipes, Cooking Comfort: Stories with Recipes, and elsewhere online. 

Click here for a sampler of my poems and prose.

Fault Zone anthologies

Professional Writing

My professional writing has appeared in We Need Not Walk Alone: After the Death of a Child (The Compassionate Friends), The California Therapist, SCV-CAMFT News, and online.

I publish Out on a Limb, a monthly blog that focuses on how to maximize the joy in our lives. 

If you’d like to read articles that aren’t part of my Out on a Limb blog or Feel Better Resources, check these out:

I served as an expert on grief for from 2008 to 2013. My FAQs About Grief provided both practical and emotional suggestions for those who are mourning a difficult loss. Those FAQs will soon be available on this Web site.

Resources for

Each of these books helped me launch my creative life as a writer:


Elizabeth Berg, Escaping Into the Open: The Art of Writing True

Julia Cameron, The Artist’s Way

Natalie Goldberg, Writing Down the Bones

Stephen King, On Writing

Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird

Sol Stein, Stein On Writing


Illustration for Martha Clark Scala’s Professional Writing


Assembling a Life

It took me several years to complete this poignant memoir about my artistic father. Assembling a Life: Claiming the Artist in My Father (and Myself) was published in 2018.  

In Her Words

I edited and designed In Her Words by Martha Shurtleff Clark. This short book highlights memoirs written by my mother shortly before she died and is illustrated with numerous family photographs. This creative project helped me assimilate the loss of my quirky and lovable mom.


Cover of Assembling a Life: Claiming the Artist In My Father (and Myself) by Martha Clark Scala.
In Her Words by Martha Clark Scala: Book cover

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