Mary Sojourner's Posts

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.

Yesterday you sat down to write that article. As of today, you haven’t written that article.
We are always writing to someone – even when we are lost in the impersonal trance of writing. Who is anyone? How old are they? What race or nationality? What income level? Are they an agent? An…
While the world of publishing now moves at the speed of the internet, some criteria for excellence haven’t changed.
Your creativity lies deep inside that feeling. Waiting.
The service of the travel journalist is to depict honestly what is before them, without the filter of a biased worldview and their own ideologies and beliefs.
Stereotypes not only demean whoever is being written about, they indicate that the writer has not been willing to do his or her work
At the U you get one-on-one attention, hard to find today in over-crowded college settings.
Hook your readers with the intriguing details of what some might see as the ordinary
You can guarantee your seduction won't work if you...
Give up. Few surrenders are permanent.