Getting Started

Writing With Strangers

I taught a writing workshop for UCLArts&Healing today and a wonderful group of people showed up. They wrote poems and stories from prompts such as “I remember…”  and a list of stuff from their current life that might be turned into personal essays. And I’m thinking (as I always do) that people who show up…

Good Advice For Writers

Phyllis Theroux, my favorite pen pal, sent me this wonderful quote from The Tender Bar by J.R. Moehringer last week. It rings especially true for writers: “‘You must do everything that frightens you, JR. Everything. I’m not talking about risking your life, but everything else. Think about fear, decide right now how you’re going to deal with…

About Blogs

A dear friend and student emailed me last night about feeling burned out – she just had a baby, just moved into a new house, has a consuming profession, has had a past history of scary medical surprises, etc. And she was now frustrated about being unable to write and feeling burned out. I wrote…

Diesel Books

Thanks to everybody who came to Diesel Books in Brentwood last night. Especially to eight of my students who read their amazing work from Kicking in the Wall:  Tom Hartman, Kathy Katims, Cynthia Lim, Bob Goldman, Barbara Lodge, Erica Jamieson, Jeri Okamoto Floyd, and Ruth Rudnick. Thanks also to Diane Leslie who makes Diesel feel like you’re…