Welcome to the Website of Anne H. Decker
Anne H. Decker writes memoirs and observational non-fiction about marriage and family life, addiction, Alzheimer’s disease and whatever else is happening around her.
Anne has an MFA from Bennington College. Her work has appeared in newspapers, periodicals in Upstate New York and several anthologies. She has read many essays on local PBS and on NPR. She has been on the board of the Hudson Valley Writers Guild and has been a judge for its humor writing contest.
She facilitates a workshop at the Northeastern New York Alzheimer’s Association for early-stage Alzheimer’s patients who want to leave their life stories for their survivors, particularly their children. The group is known as the Legacy Project and is open to any person within the demographic who is interested in leaving more than a memory. The Association has published books for two of these writers. They are currently working on volume two of their memoirs, and other members of the group are catching up.
She has developed a plan for teaching a few sessions for writing short non-fiction. This teaching plan concentrates on 300 to 500-word pieces, known now as flash or micro non-fiction. The form is perfect for radio and newspaper distribution.
Anne has had readings in Albany, Troy, Bennington, Manhattan, and Brooklyn. Since somebody always seems to take her picture when she is looking down at the paper during a reading, she is considering having some “work” done to reduce the number of chins appearing in photographs. Her plastic surgeon assures her it will be a piece of cake — not that she will ever be able to eat cake again if she goes through with it. Hmm, cake? No cake? She’ll have to think about this. Maybe just buy a scarf, it’d be cheaper.
Joe, Anne’s husband of fifty-seven years, spent several years in a nursing home with Alzheimer’s’ disease and has since passed away, poor baby. However, he continues to be an endless source of material dating back to age nine, when they first met. She has four children, all boys, four grandchildren, not all boys, and lives in upstate New York. Her friends call her Annie.