It's already soon autumn. The GWG 20th Anniversary brought over a hundred of us together ( including ten of the original 18 members!) for a fantastic program and dinner. I thanked everyone on the GWG facebook page and include another thank you here, especially to Katie Hayoz for the surprise gift "Celebrating 20 Years" with the 20 word tributes to the GWG and wonderful photos. Congratulations also to the winners of the first Geneva Writers' Group Literary prizes: Nancy Freund (fiction), Patti Marxsen (nonfiction), Adrienne Hahne (poetry). And to the editors of very fine new volume of Offshoots, with Mary Pecaut at the helm. Check our website for more details, www.genevawritersgroup.org.
I returned to the States for the International Women's Writing Guild's summer conference, this year at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey. Amazing to think that since 1990, I have not missed one summer conference! A warm-hearted, excellent four days together, three full days of classes, panels, and readings. Lots of instruction, inspiration, and support. I also gave a workshop at the Hudson Valley Writers' Center on the same trip in early August. Writing and teaching continue to strengthen the bridge for me between the States and Europe, for which I am increasingly grateful.
I am working on my fifth 'book' (I hope) about lasting love, giving it a stronger focus on writing as a way to a long relationship. For my workshops, I have listed them in the column to the left, for this fall and winter.
A new personal essay, , is posted in my blog. I will continue to post these 'new'(already published but new on my website) essays every two months. Let me know what you think of these, thanks.
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 I have recently signed the contract for the Chinese translation.
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.