The Ethics of Proposing to More Than One Person! You'd never consider proposing marriage to more than one person at a time. However. In literary circles, it's the norm to propose a book idea to multiple agents at a time. At first, that seemed illogical to...

  A new essay of mine is up at MindBodyGreen today! It was first published in an anthology, The Magic of Memoir, and was over 3,000 words. MindBodyGreen asked me to edit it down to 1,200 words - a little less than half. And I was happy to...

I'm stewing over threes this week. They are everywhere. From Veni, Vidi, Vici to Stop, Look, and Listen. My husband and I each come from a family with three siblings. The Government of the people, by the people, for the people. The good, the bad and...

Collegeville 2017 with Lauren Winner Each year Collegeville Institute hosts a summer full of writing workshops. It's tough to get in. I applied two years ago. Nope. Only twelve writers, from across the United States and Canada, are accepted to each ten day workshop. All expenses...

My favorite podcasts for writers this year include two newbies onto the scene. Ampersand: The Poets & Writers Podcast is a great addition to the writing podcast scene.  Poets and Writers is one of my favorite magazines and this podcast lets me hear directly from their editors....

My friend, Leslie Leyland Fields, joins me today with thoughts on life & writing.  Leslie has led an incredible life. She married into a family of Alaskan salmon fishers, moved to Alaska and became a commercial fisher. Leslie is a mother of six, a writer, a teacher, an...

I've been making handmade journals--Books by Jill--for about a year, giving them for gifts, using them myself. I love making them! After a day of writing and a brain that's really tired, I relax by doing handwork. Since I love making them so much,...

  The Magic of Memoir: Inspiration for the Writing Journey is Out! This past week I received two copies of The Magic of Memoir. They are called contributor's copies, meaning, I submitted an essay to the anthology and it was accepted, so I get two free copies....

Getting My Feet Wet: The North Sea The best way to start a research trip is to jump right on in and get your feet wet. So I do that. Literally. My sister-in-law, Andrea, and I go to the seaside in Zeeland, and there I am! Feet in...

I never thought I'd be the sort of author who would (or could) say, "I've just come back from a research trip!" I never thought I'd say, "My research trip was six weeks long. And it took me to Europe."  But here I am. Saying those very...