About the Author
Author Joni Cole’s essays, articles, and book excerpts have appeared in national and regional publications. Joni also works as professional editor and writing workshop instructor, and is the founder of The Writer’s Center of White River Junction, Vermont. She leads writing workshops in her community and at writing conferences and universities around the country.

Joni is the creator of the acclaimed “This Day” book series, including the newly released Water Cooler Diaries: Women across America Share Their Day at Work. (Da Capo Lifelong Books, 2008). The third book in the series, Water Cooler Diaries includes a collection of thirty-five featured “day diaries” and hundreds of excerpts of job highs and lows, water-cooler drama, and laugh-out-loud moments. (There’s always that one co-worker. . .) A review in Publisher’s Weekly states, Water Cooler Diaries is “both fascinating and eye-opening.”

Water Cooler Diaries shares shelf space in the bookstores with the first two volumes of the series: This Day in the Life, Diaries from Women across America (Random House/Three Rivers Press, 2006); and This Day: Diaries from American Women (Simon & Schuster/Beyond Words, 2004). In a starred review, Publishers Weekly wrote about This Day in the Life, “There is not one piece in this compilation that is not captivating.” People magazine concurred, “The ensemble resonates with drama, humor and pathos. This is one unremarkable day you'll wish could go on forever.” Visit the website of all the books in the series at

Joni’s professional trajectory includes working as a copywriter in advertising agencies and marketing communications firms in Philadelphia, Minneapolis, and Lebanon, New Hampshire; and as a senior publicist at KTCA Public Television in St. Paul, Minnesota. She is also contributing editor of three regional general interest magazines in Vermont and New Hampshire.

Joni earned a Masters of Arts in Liberal Studies degree with a concentration in creative writing from Dartmouth College and a BA in Journalism from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She lives in Hartford, Vermont with her husband, Stephen, a clinical psychologist, and her daughters, Esme and Thea.


"Feedback can offset the loneliness and muddle and even despair that can happen when writing in a vacuum.  It can energize and inform the writer. And the beauty of feedback is, you can take it or leave it, depending on whether you feel it serves your work."

-- Joni Cole

Photo credit: Nancy H. Fontaine, 2006
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