Dorothy O'Donnell

Writer. Mother. Mental Health Advocate.

My story Bipolar at 5? won a 2014 Western Publishing Association (WPA) MAGGIE journalism award. Thank you, GreatSchools, for giving me the opportunity to write the piece–and for nominating it!




Being a member of the Write on Mamas, a Bay Area group of mothers (and one dad) who write, has been invaluable to my growth as a writer. I’m so grateful for the encouragement, thoughtful feedback and support I get from this generous community. And I’m proud to have an essay featured in our first anthology, Mamas Write: 29 Tales of Truth, Wit and Gritavailable in many Northern California book stores and on Amazon.

I’m also excited to have a piece included in the latest anthology from the editors at the Her Stories Project, My Other Ex: Women’s True Stories of Leaving and Losing Friends, also available on Amazon.




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