Professional Experience

Dr. MaryAnn Diorio has taught Italian at the University of Kansas (Lawrence, Kansas); French at Pitman High School (Pitman, New Jersey); Italian and French at Cumberland County College (Vineland, New Jersey);  English, French, Spanish, and Creative Writing at the Fairton Christian Center Academy (Fairton, New Jersey); and Writing for Children and Public Speaking at Rowan University  (Glassboro, New Jersey). She also served as Assistant Professor of Italian and Spanish at Camden County College (Blackwood, New Jersey); Adjunct Professor of Biblical Business Principles at New Life Bible College  (Millville, New Jersey); Online Adjunct Professor of Writing at Nottingham-Trent University (United Kingdom); and Online Adjunct Professor of both French and Fiction Writing at Regent University (Virginia Beach, Virginia).

MaryAnn has served on the faculty of several writers’ conferences, including the Philadelphia Writers’ Conference, the St. Davids Christian Writers Conference, the Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers’ Conference, the Sandy Cove Christian Writers’ Conference, and The New Jersey Society of Christian Writers’ Seminar.  

In 1984, MaryAnn founded Daystar Communications, later known as Daystar Ministries International. She ran this ministry until 2005, at which point it was incorporated into MaryAnn’s other ministries. In 2011, she changed the name to MaryAnn Diorio Ministries.

MaryAnn is also a Certified Life Coach, a Certified Behavioral Consultant, and a Certified Biblical Counselor. For 12 years, she owned and operated TopNotch Communicatiodns Group, a multifaceted business that included three main divisions: TopNotch Life Coaching, TopNotch Writing Solutions, and TopNotch Translation Services. In 2013 she closed this business to become a full-time writer of fiction.

Dr. MaryAnn is a gifted Bible teacher whose heart’s desire is to help people become all that God created them to be.

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Writing Classes MaryAnn Has Taught:

Workshops Presented:
June 19-23, 2012

St. Davids Christian Writers’ Conference
Grove City College, Grove City, PA
Writing Short Stories for Children
Writing Non-Fiction for Children
Writing with Pizzazz!
Life Management for Writers

July 21-26, 2002
Montrose Christian Writers’ Conference (Montrose, PA)
Juvenile Fiction
Writing for Teens and Young Adults

Keynote: The Christian Writer as Salt and Light

June 21-22, 2002
Mid-Atlantic Christian Writers’ Conference (Gaithersburg, MD)

Writing for Children
Life Management for Writers

June 18-23, 2000
St. Davids Christian Writers’ Conference (Geneva College)
Writing for Children
Life Management for Writers

Keynote Address

November 4, 1999
Christian Writers’ Club Internet Chat
Self-Image and the Writer

April 29-30, 1994
Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers’ Spring Seminar
Writing for Women

October 6, 1993
Sandy Cove Christian Writers’ Conference

Writing for Women
The Christian Writer As Salt and Light
October 31, 1992
The New Jersey Society of Christian Writers’ Seminar
Breaking into the Secular Market

October 6, 1992

Sandy Cove Christian Writers’ Conference
Writing for Women in the ’90’s

June 25, 1992
35th Annual St. Davids Christian Writers’ Conference
Writing for the Secular Market

May 8-9, 1992
Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers’ Spring Seminar

Paid Critiques

April 11, 1992
St. Davids Christian Writers’ Seminar (Howell, NJ)
Keynote Address: The Writer As Visionary

June 8-10, 1990
42nd Annual Philadelphia Writers’ Conference
Inspirational Writing (Three-day workshop)

November 16, 1989
Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Fellowship
Time Management for Writers

July 15, 1989
Fairton Christian Center Writers’ Workshop
The Basics of Article Writing

March 28, 1987
Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers’ Spring Seminar
The Basics of Article Writing