I’m not very good when it comes to writing about myself – tooting my own horn, so to speak. It all sounds so boring, a little flat.
But, the basis of all of it is that I hold a BA from Vermont College and a MFA from Antioch University, Los Angeles with a dual concentration in Fiction and Creative Nonfiction. I am also a certified Creative Writing Instructor and the author of Song of the Earth, a novel said to be a journey into our consciousness, both as a people and as a nation. I was a late bloomer, as a single mother, I raised my three children and after they all graduated from college, I then began to take my passions seriously. So what does all this mean?
It means I have a passion, actually two or three or four of them, but we will just talk about this passion for the moment. A passion for exploring the depths of human nature through writing, and to see that look of knowing in my student’s eye, that ‘ah-ha’ moment, when it all comes together into one.
By exploring the ‘writer self’ through the essences of nature, my students are able to create characters and a sense of place that brings them alive on the page, rising up from the land as if it/he/she/they were born of the earth.
I have carried my passions with me crisscrossing the country – managing a guest ranch in Arizona for many years, caring for my elderly parents in Missouri, and now after my mother’s passing, I have moved to Boise, ID with my elderly father and my two canines, Harry and Ellie (Black Lab and Golden Retriever, respectively.)
I have taken several months off, spent a lot of hours hiking in the foothills with the dogs, giving great thought to offering these classes, or just not to do anymore at all. Soon I realized that wasn’t an option. Then I thought it would have been easiest just to re-offer the ones I have taught in the past, but circumstances change us as we move forward, and now as you peruse through the classes, you will discover there is an added layer of depth and excitement to my new offerings.
Explore the possibilities and see what fits for each of you. If you have any questions, just email me.