Claim Your Story

Writing Conference, Ashland, Oregon



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