||I understand experience as art. In other words, I see reality, identity, and experience by and through stories, films, plays, poems, paintings, music, dance. As a fiction writer I try to name precisely what’s what from my biased point of view in a way that might engage a reader. Inside that relationship–between a writer and a reader–a fiercely passionate world may yet rise. That is, if you risk letting art into your life. Writing is a metaphor for living a life. I teach writing, literature, and art as if they were urgent. ~ Lydia Yuknavitch
Jessica Page Morrell lives near Portland, Oregon where she is surrounded by writers and watches the sky all its moods and shades. She’s the author of Thanks, But This Isn’t For Us, A (Sort of) Compassionate Guide to Why Your Writing is Being Rejected; Bullies, Bastards & Bitches, How to Write the Bad Guys in Fiction; The Writer’s I Ching: Wisdom for the Creative Life, Voices from the Street; Between the Lines: Master The Subtle Elements Of Fiction Writing; and Writing Out the Storm.
Morrell works as a highly-sought after developmental editor because if your characters are a bundle of quirks and inconsistencies, or the plot stalls and the scenes don’t flow, these problems need to be unriddled before you submit it to an agent or editor. She also works on memoirs and nonfiction books with a special focus on the inner logic and voice of each manuscript. She began teaching writers in 1991 and now teaches through a series of workshops in the Northwest and at writing conferences throughout North America and lectures to various writing organizations. She is the former writing expert at iVillage.com which was voted as one of the best 101 sites for writers. She formerly hosted a series of writing conferences and is now focusing on creating online classes and workshops. She hosts a Web site at www.writing-life.com, and she wrote monthly columns about topics related to writing since 1998. She also contributes to The Writer and Writers Digest magazines Her former Web log is at http://thewritinglifetoo.blogspot.com
September 19, 2013 at 4:28 pm
Too bad there is no contact information I could find here for the details of the writing workshop. This web site is for advertising but how does one get more details and contact someone? How does one put on a conference without allowing inquiring minds a way to participate?
September 20, 2013 at 2:39 pm
The information for registering is under the Registration page. I’m confused about why you cannot find it. If you have more questions please contact me at jessicapage(at)spiritone(dot) com. Sorry for the inconvenience.