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Rita Schiano

Sturbridge, Massachusetts, United States


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Author - Stress Management/Resilience Trainer and Coach - Keynote Speaker - Adjunct Stress Management and Philosophy Professor

Rita is an adjunct professor at Bay Path College, teaching both Philosophy and Stress Management courses. She is an Associate Member of the International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA)

Her program, Live A Flourishing Life™ melds her three professions — philosophy instructor, stress management instructor and trainer, and writer. The workshops and accompanying book Live A Flourishing Life includes numerous thought-provoking exercises, questionnaires, and quizzes to help you dig deep into your life story to uncover and discover long-standing attitudes and habits that influence your life.

Rita is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post and AOL Healthy Living.

Early Bio...

Rita's storied career began when Santa Claus gave her a Tom Thumb typewriter when she was six years old. Years later, at the ripe old age of eleven, Rita began writing Girl From U.N.C.L.E. episodes after her favorite television show was cancelled. Her homeroom teacher set aside thirty minutes each week for Rita to read the latest adventures of April Dancer and Mark Slade to her classmates.

Fast forward to 1989…pursuing yet another dream, Rita opened an Italian-Japanese restaurant in Sturbridge, Massachusetts. She began writing late at night “to relax” from the long hours the restaurant demanded. She went on to write Sweet Bitter Love, published in 1997 by Rising Tide Press, (New York), contributed several short stories to magazines, and to two anthologies, Early Embraces and Beginnings, (Alyson Publications, CA). The year 2007 saw the release of Rita's highly-acclaimed, semi-autobiographical novel, Painting The Invisible Man.

Rita is a published songwriter and member of ASCAP. She co-wrote two children’s songs for KidsTerrain, Inc.—The Magic in Me and Tiny Acts of Kindness — the latter a tribute to the goodwill of children in the wake of the September 11 attacks. She was the host of the BlogTalk Radio show, "Talk To Me...Conversations With Creative, Unconventional People."

A Reed Edwards Company Author

Published writer: Yes

Freelance: Yes


Published works:


  • Painting The Invisible Man - (Novel)
  • Sweet Bitter Love - (Novel)
  • Nonfiction

  • Live A Flourishing Life
  • Early Embraces- (Anthology)
  • Beginnings - (Anthology)