A M (Anne) Carley‘s creative nonfiction and fiction are mostly about contemporary issues and recent cultural and social history in the United States. After careers in arts management, online publishing, and intellectual property law, she now owns and operates Chenille Books, which provides creative coaching and manuscript development to nonfiction authors. We help our clients become unstuck, and guide nonfiction writers who want to complete and publish their books.
BACCA helps keep her own life in balance, reminding Anne to keep writing!
Her nonfiction essays, reviews, and opinion pieces have appeared online and in print on topics in the arts, arts education, technology, and public policy. She has come to enjoy writing fiction and creative nonfiction, thanks in part to surgery on her hand, the good people at WriterHouse, the power of BACCA, and the realization that, with creative nonfiction and fiction, you can use dialog. And partial sentences.
Anne recently launched her writing handbook, FLOAT • Becoming Unstuck for Writers. FLOAT is available in trade paperback at Central Virginia booksellers including New Dominion Bookshop, Charlottesville, Black Swan Books and Music, Staunton, Baine’s Books, Scottsville and Appomattox, and Over the Moon Bookstore, Crozet, as well as on Amazon, where you can get the ebook version as well.
Back when she was serious all the time, Anne earned a JD from the New York University School of Law, where she received an ASCAP Nathan Burkan Memorial Prize for a paper on the copyright law of minimal and conceptual art. She holds a BA with Distinction in history from Indiana University. She also attended Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, for music conservatory training. A composer, she has recorded three CDs. For Brasstown Press, she edited and produced ten books for music educators. Anne lives with her husband in Charlottesville, VA.