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Margot Silk Forrest is an author, speaker, freelance book editor, and mentor to those who want to express themselves and their truths through their writing. Her mission in life is to add love to the world--"To change the world, one heart at a time." She has been privileged to write and to work with co-authors and clients who are dedicated to making the world a happier, saner, safer, and more loving place to live.

Margot is the co-author of The Soul in the Computer: Story of a Corporate Revolutionary, and EMDR: The Breakthrough Therapy for Overcoming Anxiety, Stress and Trauma. Margot is also the founder of The Healing Woman, an acclaimed newsletter for survivors of childhood sexual abuse. She was formerly a top-ranked manager at Hewlett-Packard, and news editor for the San Jose Mercury News, the Dallas Times-Herald, and the   Philadelphia Bulletin. She lives in Central California.

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Who Margot Silk Forrest is, and how
A Short Course in Kindness came to be...

Like all good writers, in addition to what appears on her formal vita, Margot has also had an abundance of other unusual jobs, including: freelance photographer, fabric artist, seamstress, ski lodge bookkeeper, photography columnist, tour guide, barmaid in a GI bar, and sales clerk at Liberty's of London. In her spare time, she paints, reads mysteries, and enjoys all the benefits of living in one of the most beautiful places in the world-California. Margot has been practicing Zen meditation for the past fifteen years.

Margot grew up in Philadelphia and attended Sarah Lawrence College in New York and Williams College in Massachusetts. Following her graduation she traveled extensively in Europe where she lived and worked for the next six years.

After returning to the U.S. following her stint in Europe, she spent the next six years working as a journalist, first as a copy editor then as a news editor, on the Philadelphia Bulletin, the Dallas Times-Herald, and the award-winning San Jose Mercury News.

In 1984, Margot joined the Hewlett --Packard Company as a senior writer, then became a project manager and writing consultant, and stayed through 1991 when she founded The Healing Woman, a monthly journal for women in recovery from childhood sexual abuse. She built this into a widely respected publication with 11,000 readers in all 50 states and 14 countries. In 1996 she created a non-profit organization, The Healing Woman Foundation, to take over the work she started with the journal of providing inspiration and support to women in recovery from childhood abuse.

During her years with The Healing Woman, Margot made frequent media appearances and gave inspirational speeches about how to turn a difficult childhood into a dynamic future. She has addressed national conferences on psychology and personal growth, taught at Esalen Institute, and published numerous audio tapes of her talks.

Toward the end of the 90's Margot co-authored two books, EMDR: The Breakthrough Therapy and The Soul in the Computer: Story of a Corporate Revolutionary.

Following their publication, she worked very successfully as a freelance developmental and line editor for people who had promising ideas for books but were not professional writers. She has written and edited book proposals, rewritten and/or edited fiction and non-fiction manuscripts, and worked with established literary agents to polish manuscripts for submission.

Margot's clients have had their work published by Simon & Schuster (Potatoes Not Prozac, 1998), Health Communications (Do I Have to Give Up Me to Be Loved by God?, 1999), and Ballantine (The Sugar Addict's Total Recovery Guide, Fall 2000), among others. Since early 1997, Margot has worked on a total of 15 manuscripts in the areas of psychology, personal growth, spirituality, memoir, consumer health, popular fiction (including a mystery and two thrillers), and business.

Other Books by Margot Silk Forrest

EMDR: The Breakthrough Therapy for Overcoming Anxiety, Stress, and Trauma by Francine Shapiro, Ph.D., and Margot Silk Forrest
(Also available in German, Italian, Swedish, Japanese)

"A procedure to be reckoned with in psychology....Almost a million people have been treated...research appears to support the remarkable claims made." --Washington Post

"EMDR is a powerful new tool for relieving human suffering....One of the most significant advances since the introduction of psychopharmacologic drugs." --Steven Lazrove, M.D., Yale University. 

Soul in the Computer: The Story of a Corporate Revolutionary
by Barbara Waugh with Margot Silk Forrest

Fast moving, filled with stirring and often funny anecdotes, this is a visionary's handbook for practical change in any company or with any group at any level.

"...a full time affirmation of the human spirit in the world of work." -- Alan Webber, Fast Company Magazine, Founding Editor 


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