Hello, I’m Debbie Weil, a nonfiction writing coach who helps writers get unstuck. I’m also the host of The Gap Year Podcast.
Based on Deer Isle off the coast of Maine, Debbie Weil works as a nonfiction writing coach and editor and produces and directs Island Women Speak, a Moth-like evening of storytelling by local women ages 20 to 90-something. She is also the creator and host of The Gap Year Podcast.
On a personal note, she is the Past Chair of the board of Opera House Arts, spends time with her six grandchildren, and with Sam Harrington, her husband of 47 years, writes a joint blog about reinventing life (and their marriage) at the age of sixty-eight. Sam is the author of At Peace: Choosing a Good Death After a Long Life.
A notable anomaly as a baby boomer, Debbie was a journalist for twenty years before becoming an early adopter of the Web in the 1990s. She wrote The Corporate Blogging Book (Penguin Portfolio), one of the first books about business blogging, and was a consultant and speaker worldwide on corporate use of social media.
After 31 years in Washington DC, and after their three children were grown, Debbie persuaded her physician husband to retire and reinvent how they live by moving to a small town on the coast of Maine. This major life change became the basis for the blog they write together, Gap Year(s) After Sixty.
The Gap Year Podcast
Debbie’s podcast, now in Season 3, is about the collective gap year we are all living through right now. It’s aimed at those in midlife and beyond who are exploring what comes next, how to make a difference, and how to make sense of this strange period of history. She talks with inspiring individuals as well as with experts and authors on the topics of change and transition, the challenge of midlife reinvention, aging with wisdom, and more. You can see all the episodes here.
A Harvard graduate and a former journalist, Debbie Weil is a podcaster, nonfiction book writing and storytelling coach, author, speaker, and nonfiction publisher. As a veteran blogger and Web pioneer, she was named one of the Most Influential Women in Technology by Fast Company and a DC Top 100 Tech Titan by Washingtonian magazine.
For 20 years, her company, WordBiz LLC, has worked with a range of clients from GlaxoSmithKline and HP to the Maryland Association of CPAs. Originally she focussed on content marketing, from creating effective e-newsletters to launching corporate blogs. More recently, she pivoted to work with executives and professionals who want to write short nonfiction books, including memoir.
She founded Voxie Media, a boutique publishing imprint, for business and nonfiction authors with inspiring ideas and a desire to make a difference. She also provides consulting to navigate the new world of self-publishing.
Debbie is the author of one of the first and most definitive books about business blogging, The Corporate Blogging Book (Penguin Portfolio). She has an honors degree in English from Harvard, a Masters in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and earned an MBA from Georgetown University.
She and her husband, Sam Harrington, write a blog together chronicling their continuing Gap Year After Sixty. They have six grandchildren and divide their time between Stonington, ME and New Haven, CT.