“The most important things are the hardest to say. They are the things you get ashamed of, because words diminish them — words shrink things that seemed limitless when they were in your head to no more than living size when they’re brought out. But it’s more than that, isn’t it? The most important things lie too close to wherever your secret heart is buried, like landmarks to a treasure your enemies would love to steal away. And you may make revelations that cost you dearly only to have people look at you in a funny way, not understanding what you’ve said at all, or why you thought it was so important that you almost cried while you were saying it. That’s the worst, I think. When the secret stays locked within not for want of a teller but for want of an understanding ear.” (Stephen King)
You can follow Midge at her site. You will also find a link here to her blog where she covers topics related to writing and reading and posts writing prompts. And if you haven’t read her article in the latest issue of Poets & Writers “My Book Is a Year Old, Now What? How to Keep the Buzz Alive”, I recommend it. Here is a link.
Midge Raymond is the author of the story collection Forgetting English, which received the Spokane Prize for Short Fiction. Originally published by Eastern Washington University Press in 2009, an expanded edition was published by Press 53 in 2011. She is also the author of Everyday Writing: Tips and Prompts to Fit Your Regularly Scheduled Life, and the companion title Everyday Book Marketing. Her award-winning stories have appeared in TriQuarterly, Bellevue Literary Review, the Los Angeles Times, and many other publications.
I chose the Lithia Springs Resort as the site for Claim Your Story because it’s beyond charming and comfortable. Mineral springs piped into a sweet bungalow is a slice of heaven in my opinion. It’s situated among gardens heavy on the wisteria and blooms and winding paths. So serene and inspiring. We’ve also come to enjoy the professionalism of the staff and how they help with every conference detail and serve delicious food. Please contact them to reserve your place for a discounted rate.
Back in the day, this was called Jackson Hot Springs.
“Usually, I have a lot of acquaintance with the story before I start writing it. When I didn’t have regular time to give to writing, stories would just be working in my head for so long that when I started to write I was deep into them. Now, I do that work by filling notebooks.” ~ alice munro
Check out Robert Arellano’s interview in 1859oregonmagazine.com
Here’s an excerpt:
Tell us about your creative process.
I get up at 3 a.m. and sit down to write at a window looking out on the lights of Medford burning in the night. I dim the screen in the dark and type like my life depends on it against the approaching dawn, the mercury-vapor lamps on 99 gradually cooling to embers. Shouldering her way back into the picture, Roxy Ann slowly takes shape, looming black against a coal-grey Rogue Valley sky. An airplane rises straight out of MFR, over the house, and out of sight, and suddenly boom! the lightburst of a Siskiyou sunrise. Sometimes, I’ll find a quiet hour to write at one of my favorite watering holes like Omar’s in Ashland. Sitting alone in the corner with his laptop, I’m the guy you look over at and say, “Now there’s a literary fellow. He’s probably writing a book. Hope he doesn’t put me in it.”
To all who helped put together and make our first Claim Your Story Writing Conference a success. Appreciate Lidia Yuknavitch and Alissa Lukara for teaching, Marlene and Scott of the Ashland Springs Hotel catering department, the staff at Lithia Springs, and the writers who attended. Thanks too to Judy Lara for her help, and always big thanks to my partner in crime Jay Collins. We were amazed at the level of talent and creativity in that room and, as always, had a lovely stay while in Ashland.
(This is one of my favorite paintings I’ve seen in real life. It reminds me of Lithia Springs Resort, was painted by the great Henri Matisse, and is displayed at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.)
Would love to see you in Ashland at the beautiful Lithia Springs Resort on the 19th for the first annual Claim Your Story Writing Conference.If you’ve been wavering about registering, please do so before 10/9 when I need to give the final count for the catered lunch and beverages.
Also, to receive your group rate (discount) for staying at the resort, please phone to register at 1-800-482-7128
If you have questions I can be contacted at jessicapage(@)spiritone(dot)com
RESERVATIONS for the conference may be made by check or through PayPal using the above email address.