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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 was in need of some editorial feedback to jump start revisions on my book and help me through writer's block, but was nervous about finding someone who could give me the useful, in-depth critique I needed while also understanding I need encouragement, too. As soon as I met Jen, I wanted to work with her -- she was fun and friendly and instantly put me at ease. Her critique was extensive and insightful but also gave me the reassurance and courage to take my story apart and rebuild it (something I think I knew I needed to do, but was too overwhelmed to actually tackle). Even though I know her critiques are going to mean I have a lot work ahead of me, instead of being discouraged and overwhelmed, her input makes me feel excited and reinvigorated to dive right back in to my story. Working with Jen has not only helped make my story better, it's helped make my writing better.
From the Blog: Story Water
In just a week, it will be February 2, a day with quite a buffet of holidays to choose from--Groundhog Day, Candlemas, Imbolc, to name a few. Although the choices vary, they all come down to … [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 ]