Story, Health, and Healing at Wake Forest

This past weekend (Oct. 1) Dominique Bruno, Whit Arnold and I made a trip south to Winston-Salem, North Carolina to attend the "Story, Health, and Healing" event at Wake Forest University. A wonderful event with gracious hosts and thoughtful, well-executed sessions. 

 A big hello to our new friends in NC from your new friends in WV!


A Lexington Weekend

This weekend (9/15-9/18) I made the trek from Morgantown, West Virginia to Lexington, Kentucky. My pal Natalie and I attended the Kentucky Women Writers Conference at the Carnegie Center.

Several people told me this used to be the public library, now an arts/literary space.

I workshopped with Barrie Jean Borich, author of several books including Body Geographic (which I reviewed for LAR but didn't tell felt weird to admit). Her workshop focused on Time in Memoir, or Memoir Time. I loved the alternate approach to chronology--not that chronology isn't a good way to organize, it's just not the only way. Barrie's exercises and readings showed us how we might otherwise bring our memory, scenes, and reflections together. She also read from Body Geographic and shared maps, which became her way of organizing that particular book.

As you can see, she is also really photogenic!

Besides the workshop, there was lots of great fun and food (oh! the food!) in Lexington. 


New Book Review at LAR

I recently wrote a book review of Paul Hertnecky's Rust Belt Boy for Los Angeles Review. I also saw the author had posted it to his blog (thanks!!!). 



Back to Class

As many of you may know, it's back to class time at WVU. To all those returning to classes, here or elsewhere, instructors and students, GOOD LUCK!


Thank You, WVWW #20

Thanks, Natalie for snapping a pic with your phone.

This year was the 20 Annual West Virginia Writers' Workshop at WVU. In 1996, I attended the first workshop. How could I  have known, back then, that I'd be helping to run it 20 years later? The world works in mysterious ways.

Thanks to everyone who made #20 a great one. And see you next summer!