I Was Judged For Not Having A Child. When I Had One At 44, I Was Shocked By The Response. (HuffPost, 2024)

Let's Love the Good in Others (Story Circle Network, 2022)

From the Halls of Academia to a Broom Closet (Cornell College, 2021)

Infertility in Three Acts (available upon request)
Second Place Winner, 2021 LifeWriting Competition, Story Circle Network

Five Minutes on Sundays (Story Circle Network, 2021)

On Deer, Demons, and Staying Thirsty (Personal Blog, 2014)

A Caregiver's Credo (available upon request)
Winner, 2013 ALTY Award for Best Senior Caregiving Article

When Mental Illness and Homelessness Collide (MentalHelp.net, 2012)

Carrie Steckl, Ph.D.

 Freelance/Creative Writer

Quarterfinalist, Feature Script Competition, 2022 Lake Travis Film Festival
Nominee, Best Narrative Feature Screenplay, 2021 Austin Spotlight Film Festival

A writer in her 40s trying to have a baby is asked to find a friend's estranged son while going through the agony of multiple fertility treatments.

The Twisted Apple Sweetness Patrol

Winner, Best Feature Script, 2020 Lake Travis Film Festival

Selection, Feature Screenplay Competition, 2020 Austin Spotlight Film Festival

A graduate school dropout working in a nursing home hits rock bottom, only to be saved by a secret group of nursing home residents trying to make their world a happier place.​​

Creative Work

Personal Essays



Served as a judge in the following competitions:

"LifeWriting" Competiton, First Round, Story Circle Network, 2023
Poetry Competition, Second Round, Story Circle Network, 2023

"LifeWriting" Competition, First Round, Story Circle Network, 2022

Blog Post Competition, First Round, Story Circle Network, 2022

Screenwriting Competition, Lake Travis Film Festival, 2021​​​