Claim Your Space

“It’s not a woman’s job to get smaller and smaller until she disappears so the world can be more comfortable.” ~ Glennon Doyle Melton In my previous Story Intensive classes, most participants have been women. Part of what we do during these guided creative sessions has to do with craft, but a lot is about […]

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Tapping versus Diving

“I need solitude. I need space. I need air. I need the empty fields round me; and my legs pounding along roads; and sleep; and animal existence.” ~ Virginia Woolf   Around this time four years ago, one of my writing mentors (Sarah Selecky, the wonderful creator of the online Story Intensive course) said the […]

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Our Voices – Why This Book, Why Now

Currently, I am working on my first book.  Our Voices is an experimental literary memoir, a deeply personal, lyrical, and political family story spanning three generations, exploring the impact of censorship and political oppression on self-expression and health through multiple points of view, including a child perspective. To receive updates about my book’s progress and […]

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Wrapping up 2018

Earlier this year, I was telling you about how embracing life sometimes comes before writing. Now that the year is coming to end, I look back at it and count my blessings. 2018 has been a year when I published less poetry, essays, and fiction than in 2016-2017, and more conference reports and opinion pieces […]

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Time to write

I haven’t sent out a December newsletter. Nor a January one. Instead, I gave myself permission to put myself first and act in a few well chosen directions that are meant to make me feel good. In between all of that moving forward, I found myself, although for a long time (for most of last year), […]

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A new era

Many writers struggle with the act of not writing. With calling themselves writers when they don’t write every day, every week, every month. With questioning their identity as writers. Exactly one year ago, I talked about writing as a relationship. This year, I wasn’t sure for a long time whether my relationship with writing will […]

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Let you writing bloom this spring

Dear readers and writers, Spring is slowly coming here in Bayern. Some of my favourite childhood flowers have already started to bloom: snowdrops, sweet violets, and spring crocuses. Despite the health-related challenges I’ve been facing lately, the idea of nature regularly renewing itself gives me both strength and hope. It is in nature that we find our way […]

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Munich Stories 2016 is here

Dear friends, I’m excited about the publishing of the collaborative book Munich Stories 2016 by Kyfio Publishing UG. It is already available for sale here, with world-wide shipping, and will also be sold on Nov 12th at The Munich Readery, where we’ll have our book launch, starting at 7 pm. This was an exciting four-week project and a great team effort. Six writers […]

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NaNoWriMo 2016

This year, I am going back to my novel draft during NaNoWriMo rather than focusing on counting my words. When I say novel I am likely not using the right term, but I don’t know what the final form will be. I am using November as a starting point for something bigger. I’m going to “relive” […]

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