I am a writer, public speaker and coach.
I am always on the lookout for interesting projects — blogs to write, new media, books, magazine and newspaper articles, corporate work, you name it. My specialties include personality pieces, education, sports, GLBT issues, lifestyle and business. If you’ve got a great idea — and want sharp, crisp, fly-off-the-paper copy — let’s talk! dwoog @ optonline. net
In addition to this blog, my work has appeared in the New York Times, Sports Illustrated and USA Today.
I also tutor writers. If you want to become a better, stronger, livelier writer — or simply need help with an upcoming speech, presentation, application essay or other writing project, give a yell! dwoog @ optonline. net
I also speak nationally, on two separate (but both very important) topics: youth sports, and GLBT issues.
My youth sports talks are based on decades of experience as a player, coach (including National Youth Soccer Coach of the Year, and Connecticut Soccer Hall of Fame inductee) and journalist. As head boys soccer at Staples High School since 2003, my teams have won 1 state and 4 league titles, and 16 Team Academic All-America honors. I speak at state and club annual meetings, and parent groups (think PTAs) about the twin values of competing hard, and keeping competition in perspective.
I am founder and chair of United Soccer Coaches’ LGBT & Allies advocacy group. I helped found Staples High School’s Gay-Straight Alliance, and for over 20 years was facilitator of the Triangle Community Center’s OutSpoken youth group.
I am a frequent guest on television (“The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” “Donahue,” “NewsTalk,” “In the Life,” “Forward and Out”), radio (NPR, Australian Broadcasting Company, UPI Network, Pacifica), and new media. I’ve been featured in stories in the New York Times, International Herald Tribune and Dallas Morning News.
I have spoken at, to and for:
American Camping Association national conference
Central Michigan University
Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
Connecticut Education Association
Cleveland State University
Eastern Connecticut State University
Germantown (PA) Academy
GLSEN annual conference
Humboldt State University
Loomis Chaffee School
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Mid-Fairfield Association of Social Workers
National Council of Teachers of English annual conference
National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association annual conference
National Scholastic Press Association annual conference
National Soccer Coaches Association of America annual conference
New Mexico Coalition for Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Concerns
Northeast Bar Association annual conference
Northern Illinois University
OutWrite writers conference
PFLAG annual conference
Phillips Exeter Academy
Pride Speakers Series, Anchorage, Alaska
Richland (IL) Community College
San Francisco Writers Conference
Sports Ethics Institute, University of Rhode Island
St. Peter’s (NJ) Prep
Stonewall Congress panel
True Colors youth conference
University of Connecticut School of Social Work
University of South Carolina
University of Virginia
Virginia Diversity Network
William Penn Charter School