Greetings and welcome!
I have just returned from the States with much good news. First, I met with editor Melissa Rosati, who will publish, with Red Lotus Studio Press, my new book, "Side by Side, Writing Your Love Story", along with a new expanded edition of "Footsteps, A European Album", for spring 2015. I am in wonderful, capable hands!
And at the same time, after a good workshop at Hudson Valley Writers Center, I attended my 25th consecutive International Women's Writing Guild Conference, this summer at Wisdom House in Litchfield, Connecticut. It was an amazing five days. Women writers from across the States came together and took wing. Do check out www.iwwg.com. We will return to Wisdom House in late July 2015.
Lots to celebrate!
Meanwhile, the Geneva Writers Group will be giving workshops at Le Livre sur les Quais at Morges, September 5-7, and then our year starts with our September 20 workshop, Essay and Flash Nonfiction. Our program is posted on our website, www.genevawritersgroup. All our welcome to join us.
Another personal essay, Dropping In, is posted in my blog, chosen as it relates to our coming week of vacation at the family chalet in Samoens, in Haute Savoie. The essay was originally published in the Christian Science Monitor. I will continue to post these 'new' (already published but new on my website) essays every two or three months.
To close this homepage, I return to my most recent book, One Year to a Writing Life, that offers twelve workshops in the art and craft of writing. The book is in its 10th printing and has sold just over 20,000 copies. And it's published now by the University of Renmin Press in Chinese.
From the introduction:
Ask writers to define the writing life and you will get many answers. Annie Dillard says that it is "life at its most free." For Stephen King, it's a "brighter, more pleasant place." From Brenda Ueland to John Gardner, writers have been offering counsel to encourage people to write. And all the words come back to one fundamental truth: a writing life is a creative life....
For me it has become a life that awakens to birdsong in early morning, that lingers with sunlight in late afternoon. It is a life that slows down to touch each moment, a life that deepens from an inner source. I was fifty years old when I started along the way. I had been writing letters, various papers, journal entries, but not thinking of myself as a writer. My life was full yet I longed for something more. Once I acknowledged that I wanted to be a writer, the well within me filled with fresh creativity....
One Year to a Writing Life presents twelve workshops drawn from over fifteen years of teaching. The lessons dovetail inspiration and instruction. The first component, inspiration, comes from my trust in writing as a way of life. A trust nourished by practice.... The second component, instruction, comes from my appreciation of writing as a process. We sharpen our writing skills, clarify our thinking, and deepen our awareness of ourselves and of the world around us....
There is a light within each of us, the light that we bring into the world. ONE YEAR TO A WRITING LIFE will lead you to this light. With your words, you become a light bearer in the world."
Thank you for your visit.