Cheryl Somers Aubin

Writer, Instructor, Speaker

Cheryl Somers Aubin is a writer, instructor, and speaker. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Writing from Johns Hopkins University. Her book, The Survivor Tree: Inspired by a True Story, is available now on and All profits from the sale of this book benefit charities. Cheryl’s essays and articles have appeared in the Washington Post, Boston Globe, Journal Newspapers, Elan Magazine, Foundation Magazine, and other publications in print and online.


Writing for over twenty years, Cheryl specializes in personal essays and memoir. Her book, The Survivor Tree: Inspired by a True Story is available now on-line. She also contributed two essays to the book From the Heart: A Collection of Stories and Poems From the Front Lines of Parenting, which donated all proceeds to children’s charities. Cheryl is widely published in magazines, newspapers and on-line journals.


Cheryl has taught memoir writing for Johns Hopkins University and for several Northern Virginia community centers and writing conferences, including the Cape Cod Writers’ Conference in August, 2010.

She creates a comfortable and safe classroom environment that allows students to share their moving personal stories. Arlington County officials describe Cheryl as a “warm and talented instructor.”


Cheryl has presented her own work at venues throughout Northern Virginia as part of the Art/Spark project 2009 – 2010.

One of the featured presenters for the “Writing Your Personal History Symposium” in May 2010, and May, 2009, Cheryl also developed the theme, selected speakers, presented and presided at the “Writing Your Personal History” Symposium, Vienna, VA, May 2008.

She was selected to read an essay and participate on a panel for a DC Arts Commission project, “Women Artists/Women Healing” in March, 2009.¬† Cheryl presents lectures and workshops on a number of writing topics, including writing your personal history, writing your family memoir, writing about faith and how to generate ideas. She also presents workshops that combine memoir writing and art.