Curriculum Vitae


Wendy Thornton is a freelance writer and editor who has been published in Riverteeth, Epiphany, MacGuffin and many other literary journals and books.  Her memoir, Dear Oprah Or How I Beat Cancer and Learned to Love Daytime TV, Memoir, was published in July 2013 and is available on Amazon and Kindle. Her mystery, Bear-Trapped: In a Trashy Hollywood Novel, was published in February 2015 and is  available on Amazon and Kindle. She has won many awards for her work including most recently, second prize in New York’s Literal Latte essay contest.  She was nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and has been Editor’s Pick on multiple times. She was the organizer and first president of the Writers Alliance ( Her work is published in England, Scotland, Australia and India.

Recent Publications

Recently  Published Articles

Recent Honors and Activities

  • Invited Reader, ArtSpeaks Poetry Presentation, Thomas Center, Gainesville Fl. Aug. 2016
  • Writers Alliance Speaker Series, “Outlining or ‘Pantser,’” May 2016
  • Writers in the Woods – Publishing in the Modern Age, Invited Presenter, March 2016
  • Hippodrome Theater Panel Discussion – invited speaker, Jan. 24, 2016 – panel on “’Collected Stories:’ Who Owns Your Story”
  • Publishing I and II classes – Jan. 2013 to April 2016 – Santa Fe College Community Education
  • Invited reader – ArtSpeaks: A Celebration of Poetry, August 2015.
  • Scribes of the Sunshine State, Matheson Museum, November 2014.
  • Invited Reader, Harn Museum Nights, Sept. 2014
  • Invited Reader, ArtSpeaks: A Celebration of Poetry, Aug. 2014
  • Teaching, Santa Fe College, Publishing in the Modern World, Community Education, March 2014, June 2014
  • Project – 30 Poems in 30 days for National Poetry Month – April 2014 (
  • Listed as fiction, poetry, essay writer in Poets & Writers, Nov. 2013.
  • Invited reader, ARTSPEAKS: A Celebration of Poetry, Aug. 2013
  • Member, Professional Editors Network, July 2013
  • Judge – Melrose Library Literary Contest, Feb. 2012; Instructor, Memoir – Jewish Women’s League, March 2012
  • Editor’s Pick, – Saying Goodbye to the Space Shuttle, 28, 2011; Celebrating the Thin Cats; Technology Town Hall Editors Pick, Feb. 3, 2010; O-O-O-O-Bama Go Home (And take care of yourself!) – Oct. 30, 2008
  • Nominated, Gainesville Spirit Award for service to local writers, 2011
  • Invited Reader, Saw Palm print magazine launch party, Winter, 2009.
  • Nominated for Pushcart Prize, MacGuffin Magazine, for “Finding Lizzie.”
  • President, Writers Alliance of Gainesville, 2009, 2010, re-elected for 2011, newsletter editor, WAG Digest
  • Glimmertrain, Finalist, Very Short Fiction Award, January 2005.
  • Member, Gainesville Poets & Writer; Florida Writers Association 
  • Directory of American Poets and Fiction Writers, Sept. 2005


Recent Books Edited

(This list consists of published books only – a number of authors whose books

I have edited are currently seeking agents)


Medical Madness: Meet the Golden Rule by Dr. George Huber

Sunday Grief, By Renee Sunday, M.D.


Essentials of Robotic Surgery, by Matthew Kroh, Sricharan Chalikonda


Young Adult Books:

My Dad Wears Prison Blues, By L. J. Hamon


In and Out the Dragon’s Mouth, (Adventures of Gunnar, Volume I), Lemoy M. Malden


Chasing Your Dreams, Dr. John Holt


Public Garden Management: A Global Perspective (Vol. I), Dr. Bijan Dehgan

Public Garden Management: A Global Perspective (Vol. II), Dr. Bijan Dehgan


The Rose of June, Janie Blackwood

Midshipman Porter In Harm’s Way: The Porter Saga (A Porter Saga) (Volume 1) Jack Owen

Teaching – Santa Fe College – Community Education

Publish Your Work:

An Exploration of Publishing in the Modern World

Part I and II

Weekly Plan

Week 1 – Review of types of publishing: – Powerpoint presentation

  1. Formal publishing houses
  2. Editor/Agent submissions
  3. Self-publishing
  4. Blog spots
  5. Consumer Magazines

Week 2 – Review of student publication requests

  1. Who are you publishing for?
  1. General audience
  2. Academic audience
  3. Personal, i.e., family members
  1. What types of material do you have?
  1. Genres
  2. Requirements

Week 3 – Review of materials from students.  Individual requirements based on specific materials.

  1. Self-publishing options
  2. Agents and publishers
  3. Submitting to literary magazines
  4. Submitting to commercial organizations

Week 4 – Self-publishing or publishing house

  1. Formats
  2. Marketing your work

Week 5 – Preparing your manuscripts, individual review

Week 6 – Review of manuscripts, closing