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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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Leonard Cohen’s song, “Anthem,” has been on my mind lately. I mentioned Cohen’s lines to my creative writing class to emphasize that we are, none of us, perfect, nor is our work, but this imperfection should never stop us showing up. So when I saw Jen Violi’s “That’s How The Light Gets In” Solstice retreat, I had to order it as part of my radical self-care during the dark season. This retreat was just what I needed to help work through a big transition in my work life. In a cozy, candlelit hour on my sofa, nestled with a cup of tea and snacks, I found the apt image: Metaphorically, I’ve been gnawing on an empty bone, one that is no longer nourishing. As I wrote, I imagined letting it go, and moving on to what next bright shining work I'm meant to do...a strong visual image as I wrote. Jen’s gentle and supportive framework—and her wonderful opening and closing meditations—helped me make space for this important work. With her welcoming wisdom, she guided me through the darkness. I am so grateful for her offerings. Thank you, Jen!
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 ]