Finding My Tribe
Writing

Finding My Tribe

I’ve attended five writers’ conferences in my relatively short writing career. My first, the 2010 Willamette Writers Conference, was a great learning experience. I attended three days of wall-to-wall workshops, and came home filled with ideas and inspiration. My second, the 2012 WWC, was all about pitching. I pitched four agents and two editors, and … Continue reading

The Music of Language
Music

The Music of Language

Sometimes soft, sometimes harsh. Sometimes melodious, sometimes discordant. Language is music, and music is language. I learned this as a performer and composer, and I learned it again a writer. Listen not just to the meaning, but to the texture and the rhythms. Hear how together they create a counterpoint. A polyphony of images produced … Continue reading

A Writerly Weekend
Writing

A Writerly Weekend

Last weekend was a writerly weekend. It began a day early, on Thursday evening, with the monthly Mid-Valley Willamette Writers chapter meeting. Melissa Hart spoke about “literary citizenship.” It was revelatory. She spoke about the responsibility of writers to one another, and the benefit that we all get when we support each other. Too many … Continue reading

Faith and Culture Writers Conference
Writing

Faith and Culture Writers Conference

Last weekend, I attended the 2014 Faith and Culture Writers Conference at George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon. Here is a short description of the conference from the website: “Both inspirational and practical,the Faith & Culture Writers Conference is a place of diverse community, camaraderie, and connection. You will be encouraged, enriched, and challenged to … Continue reading