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General Information

Name:  Dona J Young  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT Non-Fiction Other

Born: 1951 in Oak Park, Illinois


Illinois Connection

Dona is a life long Illinois resident.

Biographical and Professional Information

Dona Young is president of The Writer’s Toolkit and Writer’s Toolkit Publishing LLC. In addition to teaching professional writing at Indiana University Northwest, she designs and facilitates corporate training programs. Young speaks at numerous conferences and conducts training programs throughout the country. She holds a B.A. from Northern Illinois University and an M.A. from The University of Chicago. Young also earned a certificate from The Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis, which enables her to work with the emotional aspects of learning. She considers herself a life-long learner, believing that who we become is a result of what we learn. Beyond that, her dog Jake keeps her from taking work, or life, too seriously.

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