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.

Consider that where you live may be a destination for others.
Most of my deepest fear emerged as I sat on the edge of the usual and acceptable world.
Avoid the familiar. Dive into the unknown. Travel the untraveled.
[Feature photo: Steve Schroeder] Sometimes our best writing can come from those places we wish never to visit again. They are the places in which we find pain and loss and that moment when one rea…
[Feature photo: Chris Brown] 1. Read good travel writing compulsively The best free teacher for any writer is reading. When you read on a regular basis, you strengthen the word, sentence, image, a…
[Feature photo: epSos .de] Try to read this: Walking into the room, my long hair waving in the airstream from the old air-conditioner, high heels clicking on the floor, fear filled me because of t…
[Feature photo: S. Awan] I lost my mojo 10 years and 360 days ago. I found it this last weekend by the apricot light of the Honey Moon. Maybe you know how losing your mojo feels. At first —…
[Feature photo: Vincent Lock] “What kinds of things do you write?” asked Martha… ”I’m not exactly a writer,” Sam corrected her. “I’m a listener. I’m listening for clues about…
[Feature photo: Sarah Reid] 1. Use the grammar-/spell-check feature on your word processing program. Not only will this invaluable resource help you catch the errors that result in an editor not b…
[Feature photo: William Warby] *Roadheart: The much to be desired condition of suddenly finding everything astonishing, fascinating, and unique the second you are on a roadtrip…so that even…