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Muse Team

Bridget Boland

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Modern Muse Founder Bridget Boland has provided writing coaching and editing services to hundreds of clients for over twenty years. Her clients have won awards from the Independent Book Publishers Association and other publishing associations and contests.


A working writer herself, Bridget published her debut novel, The Doula, with Simon and Schuster. Her work has appeared in Hypertext, The New Guard, Conde Nast Women’s Sports and Fitness, YogaChicago, and The Essential Chicago. Excerpts have won the Writers League of Texas Memoir Prize and the Surrey Writers Conference Nonfiction Award.


Bridget holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, a JD from Loyola University of Chicago, and has been the recipient of five residencies at The Ragdale Foundation for Writers and Artists and a grant from the Illinois Arts Council.

She has taught writing at The School of the Art Institute, Columbia College Chicago, The Ragdale Foundation, The Writer’s Garret, and the Off-campus Writers Workshop.    

Lisa Glasgow

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Lisa Glasgow has taught and coached writers for over twenty years. Her writers span genres from literary and general fiction to memoir, young adult, science fiction, fantasy and horror. Most of her writers have gone on to publish their work.

Here is what writers say about working with Lisa:

"I have had the pleasure of working with Lisa for the past fourteen years, during which time she has edited over twenty of my novels, novellas and short stories.

Her input, sense of story, characterization, fresh ideas and ability to tighten prose have been invaluable. She has helped me polish manuscripts that led to multiple book deals.”

“I have worked with her for more than 15 years. As a reviewer, she often manages to find that perfect word or phrase I was fumbling around for, or patch a hole in that delicate web of words that allows the reader to suspend disbelief.”

“Lisa’s editorial suggestions inspired me and made my picture book one that continues to sell nine years after it was first published.”

“Lisa also has a careful eye for picking up on my strengths as a writer and for noting the parts of my story which are working well. Here, she offers carefully crafted advice on how to further polish, bringing my scenes from good to great, and from great to alive on the page. Above all, her warm demeanor and affable personality make her a joy to work with no matter the topic at hand. I cannot recommend her highly enough.”

Lisa holds an MA in Comparative Literature and her own short fiction earned Honorable Mention in the Writer’s Digest Literary Short Story Contest. She received The Writer’s Hotel Sara Patton Fiction Stipend, and an excerpt from her novel-in-progress won the Writers League of Texas YA Manuscript Contest and was a finalist in the Science Fiction/Fantasy category. She has judged The Business Council for the Arts short story competition. Recent works have appeared in Gone Lawn and Literary Orphans.

cin salach

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Poet of page and stage, Illinois Arts Council recipient, four-time Ragdale fellow, and Emmy nominee for voice-over and on-screen narration of the PBS documentary “From Schoolboy to Showgirl.” cin salach has collaborated with musicians, video artists, dancers, photographers, and most recently, healers, chefs, and scientists, for over 30 years. She was honored to be the inaugural Poet Laureate of Covenant Farm in Sawyer, Michigan, where her two books of poetry, “Looking for a Soft Place to Land” and “When I am Yes,” are housed in the Porch Swing Poetry Box.

cin taught at Columbia College and the University of Chicago and now leads circles of women writers in a monthly workshop called Splitting the World Open, inspired by the quote, “What would happen if one woman told the truth about her life? The world would split open. (Muriel Rukeyser)”

She has an ongoing writers group called word haven and creates workshops/poetry experiences for seniors, caregivers, and those with dementia and Alzheimer’s.

Helping people voice their most profound truths, even when they are the most afraid, is the work she has always felt called to do.

She lives in Chicago with her son, where her love of poetry and the belief that it can change lives has led her to create her business, poemgrown, helping people mark the most important occasions in their lives with poetry.

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