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In a couple of weeks, Hedgebrook’s second Vortext Salon for women writers will take place on Whidbey Island: three extraordinary days of workshops and conversation, in a beautiful setting, led by six renowned writers and teachers: Dorothy Allison, Karen Joy Fowler, Elizabeth George, Jane Hamilton, Ruth Ozeki and Gail Tsukiyama.
Vortext was just a gleam in Karen Joy Fowler’s eye a year ago, when she came to us with the idea of convening her compadres at Hedgebrook for a reunion and Salon. They taught together many moons ago (in the now defunct Maui Writer’s Conference), where they were the renegade literary women. Over the years, their friendships have deepened through raucous reunions in their homes: wine, good food and laughter flow abundantly as they share fresh work, critique early drafts of each other’s novels, commiserate about the business of being a woman writer, and cheer each other on.
In my last post (sorry for missing a week- I was on vacation!), I asked some author friends where they like to write. This week I asked them when they prefer to write. While I tend to be the most productive in the middle of the day and late afternoon/early evening, their answers were quite different:
Many of life’s treasures remain constant in the state of simplicity—a lesson that author Molly Friedenfeld learned when she began her journey in search of ancient wisdom. When Friedenfeld moved from her head down to her heart, it became clear: Love is simple. Truth is simple. Peace is simple. Joy is simple. It is from the benevolent heart space that one comes to the realization that we are all divinely connected—that we are all one. When we realize we are here on earth to grow our souls, we begin to look beyond ourselves, and we come to know this truth: what is for our highest good is also good for all. When we act upon this knowledge, we become difference-makers, and we inspire others to find unique ways to spread around this newfound love, truth, peace and…Continue
Sarah Glazer takes a second look at her reaction to an experiment.
I’m still not sure if I like novelist Ali Smith’s Artful. It has been marketed as a writing breakthrough, "refusing to be tied down to either fiction or the essay form," according to the Amazon description. Or as I would describe it-- a story framed around a literary art appreciation lecture.
At first Smith’s writing feels like traditional fiction. This Scottish-born writer is the author…Continue
I loved him, but because I wasn’t in love with him, the way he was in love with me, he couldn’t be my friend anymore. I refused to understand his reasoning, although deep down I knew it was the right decision for him … read…
Welcome Puffikins. It has been almost a full month since the NFL rookie draft occurred. I, Ms. Puff of Evanston, Illinois, like to take time to absorb what ACTUALLY happens in an NFL football draft; I don't like to "shoot from the hip" and regret it later. Sometimes, I communicate this way in real life, but NFL rookies going through the draft process do not need that from writers and the sports media. They are 21-23 year old men starting out in the brutal, "eat-mud" world of the NFL. No…
Another entry in my "it sucks to get older" category. Cervical spinal stenosis. Degenerative Disc Disease. Cervical Radiculopathy. Or, as my granny used to call it, "my aching back". Haven't written a thing in ages because the pain meds make me loopy. Going for my 3rd steroid/lidocaine injection on Thursday, which, I am hopeful, should alleviate a lot of the symptoms that have been causing me to take pain meds. In the meantime, the wonderful hubster has made me a "standing" desk to so…
How to prepare to meet that lumbering giant that is New York City? Even saying it, NYC, oh me oh my, what can be done when such awe comes running?
It has been just under two years since we have ventured out east. In those two years a good deal has changed. Most prominent on Jaye's mind is that she's seen doctors. Doctors upon doctors of all shapes and sizes, more doctors than any person in their right mind should see in such a period of time. (In case you're wondering, her sanity…
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There are several serviceable biographies about child psychoanalyst Anna Freud, who lived from 1895 to 1982. But as a fictional memoir, Hysterical…Continue
A record of O’Barr’s personal and professional journey—one that paralleled…Continue