About the Author

Mary Jo Campbell is married to her charming cowboy and together they are raising two bright, funny, rowdy, sweet, curious little boys, without too many trips to the ER.

Mary Jo has been a writer since her 3rd grade teacher, Sister Mary Donald, weaved the love of words into her being. Sentence diagrams, Haiku poetry and short stories formed from the spelling word list were all exciting and tentative attempts at being a “real writer.”


She has studied writing through: Creative Writing courses of Morton College, Cicero, IL; College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, IL; Columbia College Chicago; Institute of Children’s Literature (correspondence school); and Christina Katz’s Writing and Publishing the Short Stuff.

She is always learning and loves to share her knowledge.


Mary Jo is a member of the Downers Grove Public Library Writers’ Group and former Secretary and Board Member of Capital City Young Writers.


Mary Jo founded the first Young Writers’ Group at the Downers Grove Public Library, which now meets monthly at the Bolingbrook Barnes & Noble Bookstore. She teaches (Fall & Winter sessions) a Young Writer’s Workshop and “Publish Me!” Class through the FRoG Enrichment Program in Downers Grove, IL.  Mary Jo also runs a week-long writing intensive Summer Studio every August (click on EVENTS page for details!)

In March of 2009, Mary Jo gave the key-note speech on the topic of “journaling” to a group of 130 young ladies at the Chick Chat event sponsored by HGNA.org (Helping GirlsNavigate Adolescence.)

In the News!

Mary Jo has been featured in the Downers Grove Sun (March 4, 2010) and the Downers Grove Reporter (March 25, 2009) for her work with young writers in the community. She was also interviewed by Joyce Tumea on Downers Grove Local Ch 6’s talk show, Today’s Tidings.

Publication Credits:


Her teaching goals include: inspiring new writers to keep writing, revising and submitting and helping young writers find their voice. Her personal writing goals include: consistent publication of creative nonfiction and short fiction while completing her novel, then of course rise to the top of the New York Times’ Best Sellers list and live the American Dream! ; )

Realistically, she hopes to grow as a writer as she helps others grow, to always have a hand around a good cup of coffee and be in the presence of loved ones.  She resides in Illinois with her husband and two children.


Mary Jo Campbell is available for speaking engagements and school visits! If  your school or organization is interested in having this local published writer visit, please contact her for rates and availability at: mjcwriter@comcast.net

62 responses to “About the Author

  1. 16sd

    Your credentials are impressive too!

    • Thanks, Samson. I see your schedule is busy, but wondered if you’d be interested in “guest blogging” on my writelikeCRAZY site some time this month? I’d love to offer the young writers a real young writer’s perspective on breaking into print. You can email me and we can discuss further: mjcwriter”at”comcast”dot”net

  2. Great blog! Keep up the good work!

  3. debfalk

    Great resource for other rekindled writers like myself. Always a cup of coffee in my hand, too…and a glass half full for that Big Writing Break!
    Keep up the good work.

  4. It’s great to meet you. I also loved diagramming sentences in grammar class.
    Look forward to getting to know you.
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    • Wow, I’m humbled. Thanks so much for your kind words! NaNo is in the air..I’m trying to narrow down my novel’s plot, so I can get a good handle on the outline; makes it that much easier come November 1. And of, course you may add Writers Inspired to your blogroll, I’d be honored! And I will be sure to visit your blog, too!

  6. I would love to sit down and chat with you sometime. What a beautiful blog you have! As an aspiring “hopeful” when it comes to writing novels, can I take you up on your offer to helps others grow while sipping a good cup of coffee? :)

    Your words are already inspiring. Thanks for stopping by my blog so that I can now learn from yours.

  7. Hi Mary Jo!

    I enjoy visiting your blog. This space is filled with interesting topics and tips for writers and it keeps me “inspired”.

    Thank you for visiting my blog Talkin’ Kids and commenting. I also write another blog entitled About Moe-Daily.

    I’ll come back here soon.

  8. Thanks for the bloggin’ time, Mary Jo. It was fun. Great site!

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  10. Craig Williams

    Thanks from Wellington New Zealand. Very interesting and refreshing profile.

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    Hello Mary Jo – nice to meet you
    David in Maine USA

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