Cornelia’s passion is to pour her heart and soul into life, people, and to loving her five amazing children who are between the ages of 11 and 25, including identical twin boys, age 17. Cornelia believes everyone has a story to tell and she tries to help people tell theirs in her work as a freelance journalist and in her blog. She’s been a regular contributor to The Oregonian since 1996, penning Family, community, faith and culture stories, and she’s also been published in Christianity Today, the Huffington Post, and Cultural Encounters, among others. In addition, she’s written two books, WriterMom Tales and Images of America: West Linn. She’s looking forward to penning more books on parenting, family life, living the extraordinary ordinary, and real-life. Cornelia has taught courses at Multnomah University, Portland State and George Fox; she served as the faculty adviser for Multnomah’s new student publication, MUSE, which she helped found. Cornelia is a substitute high school and junior high teacher and freelance editor, and in her past life, she served as a youth director at her church.
In her spare time, the mom of five loves to go on adventures with her kids, photograph, and travel. She loves networking, connecting and encouraging other writers, and is honored to serve as Founding Director of the Faith & Culture Writers Conference.