About Ann Aubrey Hanson


I have been a writer since I could hold a crayon, intent on telling stories and recording life as I see it.

In school, I was "that kid" who asked for writing assignments. As a high school student, I wrote for my school newspaper and submitted stories to creative writing contests. It was then that I began my lifelong habit of journaling. Since the age of 21, I have written a journal entry every year on my birthday (a small homage to Beckett’s “Krapp’s Last Tape”).

I earned my BA in English from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and later two degrees, MA in English and MFA in Creative Writing—Fiction, from the University of Oregon.

Since graduating with my Masters degrees, I have earned my living solely as a writer and editor: technical writer/editor, science writer/editor, journalist, writing instructor, freelance writer/editor, ghostwriter, and fiction writer.

Raised as an Army brat, I have traveled the world since I was a child and have not lost the taste for new worlds, new cultures, or new friends. Given the opportunity, I am thrilled to hop on a plane or train, car, or bus, and set off on new adventures. Currently living in Canada, after three years living in Brazil, I hope to travel throughout the far North American continent in the next few years, broadening my horizons yet again.

Toss Off the Bowlines is a travel blog of my current adventures.