See Your Life From a New Perspective: Renewal Retreat


JordanSee Your Life From a New Perspective: Renewal Retreat

Friday Round-Up


It’s Friday, yay! Throw your hands in the air–well, not if you’re at work. Here’s what you missed this week chez moi: Not a Night Mother | Role/Reboot I feel like I am confessing a great sin when I admit: I am not a good night mother. At the end of a work-at-home day as a mostly full-time writer and editor, and the constant tiny demands of the household, my patience and coping skills splinter apart at night. Night is the time when I need to pause the full-bore level of mommy performance, to loosen the tether between my son and me just a little, for his hands to stop their grasping, to turn down the talking, to enter the … Read More

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Becoming Persistent| On Writing & Commitment

JordanA Writer's Guide to Persistence, Writing. Practice.

There’s nothing more humbling to me as a teacher than to watch the process of writers in action. Martha Alderson and I are just back after our first intensive  plot & scene retreat at the Mount Madonna Center in the Santa Cruz mountains. An on-going light-hearted joke,  that was at the same time serious, kept surfacing when we’d encounter an error or confusion: “X happened, because we’re suffering from the human condition.” It became my mantra for the weekend. We all experience the human condition—joy and pain, elation and terror, frustration and delight, error and success—it’s how we suffer and grapple with our being human that makes meaning of it. This applies very neatly to our writing. How we suffer and grapple with … Read More

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Why Attend a Writer’s Retreat vs. Conference?

JordanClasses, Craft

Artists of all stripes, but writers especially, need scads of time to enter the silence where art is created. It’s hard to do in the bustle of family life, at work, and surrounded by friends. Visual artists often go on “residencies” but writers are generally pointed in the direction of conferences where you are exhorted to improve, refine, better your craft and hone your  path to publication.  This is, of course, a good thing–where else can you meet literary heroes and experts in a quick, intense setting? But having been to enough conferences as both participant and presenter, I can tell you that I often return home spent to my very last. There’s a driving energy at the conference scene … Read More

JordanWhy Attend a Writer’s Retreat vs. Conference?