I wondered what Potts meant by the title, Travel Writing as Memoir? As a student in his Santa Fe Workshop, held in San Miguel de Allende October 13-18, I learn that he meant the writer could impose herself in the writing, rather than standing at a distance and reporting–the reader wants to hear the voice of the writer. He meant we were free to use literary devices, such as writing with imagery, metaphor, foreshadowing, symbolism, and/or humor, among others.
He introduced us to psychogeography and assigned us the task of following a color of our choice through the city to encounter it in a unique way, randomly yet meaningfully. The concept of drifting or wandering the streets of the city aimlessly with the intent to observe with all our senses what the paths of the village had to offer us was the assignment–paradoxical in nature, but highly productive and insightful.
The workshop took my writing to a new level. I better understand how to find an appealing first sentence. I can see more ways to place myself reflectively in an essay about what I experience. And I know how to mine my travel experiences more thoroughly and insightfully through color tracking as a means of psychogeography.
What classes, workshops, or retreats have helped take your writing to a new level? Please share below, so others will find venues to develop their writing.
Sometimes it is difficult to find an audience for your book and the process is time consuming. But a recent opportunity came along that I couldn’t pass up. The Comfort, Texas, Public Library hosted its annual Read-A-Thon Saturday, March 30, 2019. I was invited to read and exhibit my book, At Home in the World: Travel Stories of Growing Up and Growing Away. Continue reading “Promoting my Book Locally”
Some of you will recall me sharing with you last year that I almost lost a finger but saved it by getting Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT). Good news came from that unfortunate experience.
Life often gives us our stories. We bring them to life for others by writing them.
Continue reading “WOW! Women on Writing publishes my essay: Finger Gone Rogue, Writing Gone Mute”
Editing a paragraph from my book-in-progress illustrates the kind of work entailed in revision. This is the “line edit” kind of editorial work that I do on an ongoing process with my writing partners and for myself. Continue reading “Revision: Ways to Improve my Writing”
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This blog post above by fellow writer, Helena Fairfax, has been wonderfully helpful to me in writing my novel set in India and on a ship in the Pacific and Indian oceans. As an example, I wrote a scene in the book of slaughtering a sea turtle for eating aboard ship after watching a YouTube by today’s Aboriginal Australians.
Read the scene below from my book in-progress, Salwar Kameez. I’ve added a few notes to the reader to be able to grasp who the characters are in the scene, because it is out of context for you.
SCENE from BOOK on Butchering a Sea Turtle Continue reading “Conduct Research for Scenes in Your Fiction”