Stepping back, forty years into your own history, is slightly mind-bending. Last night I did a book reading/talk at the Valley City Barnes County Library. I'm not usually too worried about book talks; last night I was. What if ...

I lamely nicknamed us The Write Club. We are a group of six women who meet every other week to talk writing. I blogged once about the benefits of Writer's Groups.  This post is more personal. It's about "my group" and what we did this past week. We meet at...

As a reader, I've used Goodreads since 2009. It's a virtual bookshelf with all my books on it. I put the books in categories such as art, cooking, Africa, memoir and also the year I read it. The nice thing is, I use the library...

Writers need solitude. Writers need community. This is the teeter-totter writers navigate. Writing Conferences are one way to be in community; Writer's Groups are another. When I moved to the Fargo/Moorhead area, I was astonished that I couldn't find a writer's group. I pretty good on...

On Saturday the Minneapolis Star Tribune did a wonderful review of my book, So Many Africas: Six Years in a Zambian Village. And then this weird thing happened that I kind of know about but really don't. Another website grabbed the info. and linked to...

I've gone to one writing conference, retreat, or workshop every year for the past ten years. There are many reasons why and this past week, at the Pittsburgh 2015 Creative Nonfiction Writing Conference, I was reminded of many of the great reasons to attend a writing...

I was asked to participate in the 2015 Creative Nonfiction Conference Story Slam. I said no. I was asked again. Again I said no. But when the conference director asked a third time saying "We're a little short on storytellers ...

Here are some of my favorite ways for books clubs and groups to discuss and dialogue about my book. Choose a prompt and discuss its relationship to the book.            A photograph found by scrolling through my blog            a google map...

Yesterday: I spilled a gallon of paint onto a parking lot, moved my mom to an assisted living, and in an effort to be efficient I made a quick run to Costco for groceries and Locked My Keys in my car! I was rescued half an hour...

For me as a writer, going to AWP (the largest writing convention in North America) is kind of like going to camp. It's about running into people I haven't seen since last year. It's about inspirational talks, booths full of books, too many activities such...