Almost summertime! My spring tour of workshops in the States took me to Williamsburg, Washington DC, New York City, Boston, and back to NYC, where my last event was a talk at the CG Jung Foundation "The Alchemy of Writing, From Darkness to Light". I am always happy to see anew many who have attended these Tuesday Forums each May. This year was the fourteenth year!
And it was the fifteenth year that I took the train up the Hudson River from Grand Central to give a workshop at the Hudson Valley Writers' Center in the old Philipse Manor train station. A lovely ride, a lovely room, and a very lively writers' center.
Here in Geneva we just had our AGM for the Geneva Writers' Group with its 220 members. Now we look forward to our End-of-the-Year Celebration in June, when we will announce the winners of the Geneva Literary Prizes. Our judges this year were Lauren Davis, Mimi Schwartz, and Brenda Shaughnessy. Each one has been an instructor at our International Geneva Writers' Conferences. All very wonderful!
Another personal essay, Birthdays In Brussels, is posted in my blog, chosen as it relates the birthdays of my husband and one of my daughter's birthday, both in this month of May. 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.