I just got back from Santa Fe where I had an amazing time last weekend hosting the Black Mesa Writers’ Intensive. Writers from all over the country braved all sorts of weather and travel disasters to converge for this event. Once we got there, Bishop’s Lodge was an idyllic location for the event, complete with glowing farolitos, the smell of pinon in the air, and a roaring fire in the lodge’s kiva fireplace. One of my favorite moments of the event was when a truck pulled up in the lodge’s snowy driveway (see pic below) and out stepped Julia Cameron and Natalie Goldberg. It was so fun to have the two of them in conversation together about writing up in front of the crowd and then to have the two of them individually lead the group through writing lessons. Afterwords, many of us congregated around the lodge’s fireplace and talked about what we’d learned from the day. So nice.
Lots of folks have been signing up for Bird by Bird & Beyond, which I was thrilled to see topping this list of gift suggestions for writers on Leah Singer’s great blog. Here’s a link to an interview on the craft of writing personal narrative that the event faculty did last week on with Linda Joy Meyers, President of the National Association of Memoir Writers: http://lindajoy.audioacrobat.com/download/Birdbybirdfacultypodcast.mp3
Oh, Goodreads is hosting a giveaway of signed copies the book Writing Is My Drink. Check it out.
You can read an excerpt from the book in this Modern Love Facebook post: https://www.facebook.com/modernlove/posts/10152113207259528