To the Clarion West class of 2016

  To the Clarion West class of 2016, Herly shit, guys, you’re in week 2 already. It goes so fast. Doesn’t it go fast? I should know because my class was two years ago and I still can’t believe it’s over. Here’s some stuff I learned there, and… Read More

Stuff by my friends: Inter-Exo by Julie Steinbacher

From our first frank conversation about the kind of women we were, I knew Julie and I would be friends. She’s a beautiful writer, and amazing person and I am so glad that we continue to be friends at such a distance. You’re the best, Julieface! Today, her… Read More

Clarion West 2014: Part 2

Do you know that they issue a heat warning in Seattle when it reaches 32 degrees? (that’s 90 for you Fahrenheit-ers) I went ‘pah’ and told them stories about the 45.8 scorcher we had in Sydney last year, but honestly I was boiling my ass off. It was… Read More

Clarion West 2014: Part 1

I’m home. I’m home! Shit. Do you know how hard it’s been to even start these posts? Do you? It’s like trying to describe something intangible, like pinning words to smoke or vapour. Gah. Look, I’ll try. I can’t promise sense or anything. I remember waiting in the… Read More

Notes on the Last Day of a Writers Workshop

1. Sob. 2. I fucking love these people. For realsies. I plan on doing a bi-yearly world tour to see everyone again. 3. Our unusual word tally was thus: reverberate: 11 tendrils: 10 slough/sluff: 10 Brian: 7 loam/loamy: 5 Wu: 5 cerulean: 4 juddering: 6 …and by week… Read More

Fifteen More Notes On A Writers Workshop

  1.  Ask me to explain the rules of 5-Player-Running-Ping-Pong one day because it’s way awesome, sweaty and amazing. 2. I repeat my perfect-writing-cafe order again and again in my head in line (‘large no-fat iced chai, extra spicy please’) but when I get up to the counter… Read More

It all happened so quickly…

Apparently it’s 9.30pm but to me it feels like about two in the afternoon, tomorrow.  Confused? I’m here! In Seattle! In the Clarion West house! Yesterday (was it yesterday? Or the day before? Shit, I have no idea, I’m jetlagged to the point of delirium right now…) Anyway,… Read More