Mary is a writer with seven nationally published books (the latest coming out in August 2014 from Torrey House Press) and has been mentoring writers since 1990 at writing conferences, universities, colleges, and for private students. She wrote her first novel when she was 46, fought her first environmental battle that same year, ran her first river when she was 51, started rock climbing when she was 55, was awarded Distinguished Writer in Residence at Arizona State University in 2007, and likes to solo hike and camp as often as she can. She works with her student's fiction, creative non-fiction, novels, and poetry with respect and a fierce eye for quality. Mary's students tell her that working with her takes them down a wild path to their real stories. She teaches that the deepest stories originate in place.
"I am a photographer. I just started saying it, started believing it, began exploring again, and it was done. "
"You can actually make a living doing what you love, but it's going to be hard and you're going to have to make sacrifices."
How do you, as travel writers who intend to inspire your readers to learn the magic of travel, write about experiences that were far from magical?
Let yourself accept that we learn when we can admit we don’t know.
1. Never begin professional writing with dialogue.
Mary Sojourner shares her story of her relationship with her mother.
You don’t fight a creative block by attacking it directly. The block is part of your psyche, so if you go after it, you are committing aggression on yourself.
Too many of us would rather talk or read about writing than write. As a mentor, I have a job to promote action, rather than talk.
Most Creatives – painters, sculptors, film makers, photographers, writers, dancers, musicians – carry within themselves critical messages that they have heard and learned throughout their life…
My colleagues and I often can tell from the first two lines of a pitch letter or an article that we don’t need to read any further.