After working as a technical writer and editor and keeping a diary for twenty years, I earned my MFA in creative nonfiction from Ashland University in 2011. I am currently working on a memoir titled Searching for Salt, which explores my identity as a mother. I am also working on a series of essays that explore the question What does it mean to be a woman? I have a passion for women's narratives and how these narratives both record women's literary history and also voice the female experience.
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I am enjoying your writing exercises...love the Obsession Notebook concept. I use something similar for blogging, but call it a synchronicity and blog seed journal. Good to connect. Will look for your other message now.
My writing teacher told me about this wonderful book--I'm thinking of using it in my women and creativity class and thought you might know of it, or be interested:
Spending by Mary Gordon, a man approaches a relatively famous female painter and says "I'll be your muse and give you everything that you say women artists need to thrive." Incredible premise and great commentary about the lives of working female artists.
I've just started it and it is spellbinding. I knew of Mary Gordon, but have never read any of her works before now.
Hi Marilyn, I have some ideas but am not wedded to them. Thinking something about the difficulties of writing about our own experiences mothering, particularly writing about our own children - how to get the distance not to portray them too idealistically, as mothers are apt to do (or too critically, which can also be common). Sounds like you have been to some at AWP recently. Would love to hear your ideas for a panel as well.
Hey, I'd love for you to use some of that for our next SubMiss chat in a few weeks. I'm pulling out a few sources on rejection-- giving and taking it. Share some of your work on it. The ladies will love it!