Screenshot of edited page

After winning a contract with Seal Press through a She Writes-sponsored contest last spring and submitted my final manuscript in August, I had one big fear: that I would not be edited enough.

View of Bread Loaf building

Being a self-taught creative writer without an MFA, I had little confidence that I would be accepted at highly selective writing workshops. But once there, I learned that plenty of people like me do get in.

A wooded path in Vermont

I won a publishing contest for my memoir in the spring of 2013. I went on to negotiate and sign the contract with Seal Press, gather feedback on chapters from […]

Townsend's Big-Eared Bat Hides in the Closet

On our Northeast Oregon property, we have an old house that’s rotting. It has little historic or architectural value, so we’ve been leaning towards tearing it down. Then my nephew, Gerek, found the bat in the closet….

Mastering the Art of a Tweet

Bored with coughing and sniffling last week, I began surfing the web to sample various social networks.  I’ve spent the last few months learning how to use WordPress and its […]