I'm captivated by what happens when we write about our lives and share in a close-knit group. We laugh. We tear up. We listen and feel heard. We learn that, gosh, other people feel confused, passionate, lost and uncertain. The writing-together process also reminds us we're all human here, and doing our best, which I think needs repeating as often as possible. Sometimes before we write, we may think, "Jeez, what do I have to say?" But after a little while, and a certain prompt, and knowing we're here doing the same brave thing, we find we have a lot to write. This I find amazing.
A big part of writing is trust. Trusting your voice. Trusting that what you say will be worthy-- no matter how few or many people are around you to hear you read those words. Even if you consider yourself more of a painter or a pilot than a writer.
Thank you for writing with me. You make my life brilliant!
I hold an MFA in Writing (Fiction) from Pacific University, a BA in Studio Art/Photography from Scripps College, and a certificate in creative writing from Phoenix College. Since 2019 I've been involved with the University of Arizona's Art for Justice - Free Time program, a letter-writing correspondence program that connects community artists and volunteers with incarcerated writers.