Workshop: Write on the River

Mark your calendars, North Central Washington peeps - I am thrilled to be one of the workshop facilitators at Write on the River, May 13-15. On Saturday afternoon, I'll engage a bunch of writers in exploring the power of our imaginations to fuel our creativity. Write on the River - May 13-15 in Wenatchee, Washington Also presenting: … Continue reading Workshop: Write on the River

In praise of public libraries

My contribution to The Writers' Vineyard this month celebrates National Library Week, public libraries, and librarians. One rite of passage in my small-town kindergarten was a field trip to the public library. I remember almost nothing about that trip except for one glowing moment: signing my name, in recently-learned cursive, on my very first library … Continue reading In praise of public libraries

“Miss Jean Louise, stand up. Your father’s passing.”

Harper Lee passed today, at the age of 89. A woman of many accomplishments I'm sure we'll never know about, she is most honored for writing To Kill a Mockingbird. I'm one of those who considers it among the most beautiful books I've ever read. Among the books I can read often, gleaning something new … Continue reading “Miss Jean Louise, stand up. Your father’s passing.”

In the New Year, Befriend Your Ego

Wrapping up the old year and bringing in the new, my monthly contribution to The Writers' Vineyard invites us to see the Ego as a source for drama in fiction... rather than real life. The Ego, after all, knows well how to create Drama. Conflict. Tension. Spectacle. These form the home turf of the Ego. … Continue reading In the New Year, Befriend Your Ego

The Labor of Writing

My monthly contribution to The Writers' Vineyard falls one day before Labor Day. Well, what better excuse to muse about the whole idea of work? I'm not inclined to romanticize manual labor. (I'm pretty lazy, after all.) But one thing about growing food and building shelter - it's pretty clear when you've been successful, and … Continue reading The Labor of Writing