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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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- Danielle DumontMarketing Manager (and thus Ghostwriter) and Part-Time Journal-er and Postcard Correspondent – Portland, OR
I've had the pleasure of engaging in both Jen's in-person writing retreats and recently her DIY at-home retreat. Given my positive experience with the former, I wasn't sure how the latter would unfold. But I found a quiet hour for myself to write, wrapped a wool scarf around my neck, listened to Jen's recorded voice purr in my ear, and got to work writing for an hour. Her guided questions led me to reflect, write and discover a healthy helping of grace and gratitude. This retreat was a good way to bring the year to a close.
From the Blog: Story Water
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 ]