Hello, I’m Debbie Weil, a nonfiction writing coach who helps writers get unstuck. I’m also the host of The Gap Year Podcast.

A Harvard graduate, Debbie Weil is a nonfiction writing coach and developmental editor. She is the founder and director of Island Women Speak, a Moth-like, intergenerational evening of storytelling by Maine women ages 20 to 90. She is also the creator and host of The Gap Year Podcast, which focuses on aging and reinvention and making the most of growing older.


She lives on Deer Isle off the coast of Maine, where she served for almost a decade on the board of Stonington, ME’s Opera House Arts. She spends time with her six grandchildren, and with Sam Harrington, her husband of 48 years, writes a joint blog about reinventing life (and their marriage) at the age of sixty-nine. 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 4, is about making the most of growing older. It’s for those in midlife and older who are intentionally using this chapter of life to explore, to create, to find meaning, and to make a difference. For Debbie, the podcast is personal; it’s part of her quest to reinvent life and work after 65. Her frank conversations are with well-known authors and experts as well as with inspiring individuals Browse through all the episodes and show notes here.


Official Bio

A Harvard graduate and a former journalist, Debbie Weil is an authorpodcaster, nonfiction book writing coach, storytelling coachdevelopmental editor, 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.



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