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Welcome you wondrous creature. You with your story caught in your throat, on the edge of your lips, tingling your fingertips into sharper prints. You who knows words=medicine. You who can’t wait a moment longer to use and loose your voice—that wild, astonishing music that belongs to you alone. May you and your story find sanctuary here.
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I have attended Jen's group workshops and met with her for one-on-one support. I would recommend her to anyone! No matter what your writing experience or background, you will find Jen to be a fabulous leader on your journey into your own writing and self awareness. Jen combines her authentic sense of encouragement with her incredible skill as writer and editor. Whether you are a confident and practiced writer looking for a critical eye for your work, or someone who writes whimsical lines in their journal for only that cat to read (like me), Jen will make you feel welcome and like you "belong" as an artist, while supporting your creative growth.
From the Blog: Story Water
When, when will I finally be worthy? That awful corset of a question. It steals my breath, squashes my organs, and dries up my ink. When will I at last allow myself to be here without explaining … [Read More]
Jen Violi is the author of Putting Makeup on Dead People, a BCCB Blue Ribbon Book, finalist for the Oregon Book Awards, and shortlisted for the PNBA and Oregon Spirit Awards.
As a mentor, editor, and facilitator, Jen helps writers unleash the stories they’re meant to tell, from blogs to websites to award winning books.
With advanced degrees in theology and creative writing—devoted to creating sanctuary for stories and their humans—for twenty years Jen has facilitated retreats and workshops and mentored and nurtured hundreds of writers as they find their voices, hone their manuscripts, and take creative leaps and plunges.
Jen is a columnist and regular contributor for Sweatpants & Coffee and has been a featured presenter at The Louisiana Book Festival, Wordstock, the Antioch Writers’ Workshop, A Frock-alicious Life is Calling, and the Saints & Sinners Literary Festival.[ Read More ]