“I’ve always felt that my ‘style’—the careful projection onto paper of who I think I am—was my only marketable asset, the only possession that might set me apart from other writers.” ---William Zinsser

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Saturday, March 28, 2009

I was mesmerized by the lyrical prose of Francine Prose’s Goldengrove. The literary fiction was well read and the story was movingly told. As the jacket says, “Nico is left alone to grope toward understanding and clarity, falling into a seductive, dangerous relationship with her sister’s enigmatic boyfriend.” It was a coming-of-age book that was poignant and interesting and full of discoveries. The author took her time in creating a beautiful book and complicated story line without overdone plot. Radiant metaphors infuse every other sentence with summer promise and sexual tension, an appealing quality. Francine Prose is the author of fiction, including A Changed Man and Blue Angel and the nonfiction Reading Like A Writer. She’s also president of PEN American Center. Her fiction and Reading Like a Writer will guide our study of literary techniques at the May Word Lover’s retreat.

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My book, "Ohio's Lake Erie Wineries," an Arcadia production, explores the history of island and lakeshore wineries from the mid-1800s through today. I write travel, memoir, profiles, book reviews, local interest articles, and fiction. My writing is always of discovery--whether it's journaling, book reviewing, letter writing, or sharing an experience of life. I have written two novels and am working on a third novel and a memoir. I am passionate about sharing what life has to offer with others. "The Artist's Way" by Julia Cameron woke me up to a sense of possibility--life is too short not be enjoyed by living deeply and well. I created Igniting Possibilities, a conduit for creativity workshops and events, in the hope of guiding others to realize their full potential. The Word Lover's Retreats at Lakeside, Ohio's Chautauqua community, help writers find their voice and direction.