Greetings and welcome!
Best wishes to all for this New Year. Our world needs healing words and actions.
My new workshop, Writing to Wholeness, that I gave here in Geneva in December to a full room at the Geneva Press Club goes in this direction. As we find our inner strength through writing, we turn our attention outward to the world around us. I will be giving this workshop in the States this spring at the CG Jung Centers in Washington DC, Newton, MA, and in NYC.
It is an exciting time for me as my two new books will be published in early April. I have the fantastic good fortune to have Melissa Rosati as editor, at her new Red Lotus Studio Press. "Side by Side, Writing Your Love Story" is a writing book focused on my love story. By writing about the highlights of my marriage to the man I met now 60 years ago, I ask the readers to do the same. Writing becomes a tool for a long-lasting relationship.
The second book, is an expanded edition of "Footsteps", with a new subtitle, "In Love with a Frenchman". It's the stories behind Side by Side. The first 30 years of our marriage, as I follow my husband around Europe, raising six children, and finding my way to becoming a writer.
I will be reading from the books first here in Geneva at the opening of the new Payot International Library April 9. Then in the States, at Bethesda Writer's Center, April 18, and at the International Women's Writing Guild Big Apple Conference in NYC April 25 and 26. Then a workshop at RJ Julia in Madison CT, April 28, and another workshop at the Muse and the Marketplace in Boston, May 2-3.
Do check out the websites for these venues and it would be wonderful to have you come join me! Lots to celebrate!
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.