Women Writers We Love: Randi Beck Ocena

Randi Beck Ocena was born and raised in Oklahoma where she divided her time between bookstores and horse barns. Her love of art, writing, and a particular passage by Natalie Goldberg took her to New Mexico where she lived for 10 years, earned a bachelor’s degree in English and Philosophy, painted a few murals, and … Read moreWomen Writers We Love: Randi Beck Ocena

Mother’s Day Doesn’t Have To Be About Grief

Mother’s Day is always hard for me: My mother died when I was 13. Over the years it has gotten easier– partly because I’ve had so many more years without her than with her, and partly because writing has helped me. (also therapy and my time facilitating groups at the Children’s Grief Center). Grief doesn’t … Read moreMother’s Day Doesn’t Have To Be About Grief

Women Writers We Love: Woz Flint

Woz Flint is a writer, mama, and lover of green olives and toast. She has published pieces in places such as The Huffington Post, Brevity, and BUST Magazine. When she isn’t playing Nintendo with her 8-year-old son or binge watching episodes of This Is Us or Schitt’s Creek, you can find her at her kitchen … Read moreWomen Writers We Love: Woz Flint

Women Writers We Love: Karen O’Reilly

Karen O’Reilly is a writer and human rights and humanitarian worker. She has worked as a human rights educator for Amnesty International, and in refugee protection and resettlement for the UN refugee agency in Uganda, the Central African Republic, Senegal, Guinea, Kenya and Jordan. In between UN deployments she writes expert witness reports for lawyers … Read moreWomen Writers We Love: Karen O’Reilly

What The Young & The Restless Taught Me About Creative Writing

Black & White Television

I remember watching soap operas with my mom. We were a CBS family so we were loyal to the lineup that included not only The Young & The Restless but As The World Turns, and the Guiding Light. We watched on a black & white Zenith television set. The one my parents purchased after they … Read moreWhat The Young & The Restless Taught Me About Creative Writing

Event: Albuquerque Women Write! An Off-Off-Site Event

This year Melanie and I had hoped to attend the largest conference for creative writers–the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) in Portland at the end of March. We wanted to promote Plume and we also wanted to hang with fellow writers, many of them colleagues from grad school who’ve gone on to other … Read moreEvent: Albuquerque Women Write! An Off-Off-Site Event

A Love Letter To My Memoir

Dear Memoir, I met you for the first time in a writing workshop facilitated by Jill Badonsky. You were scribbles and snippets that filled my notebooks. Some of those bits were silly and some were too personal to share, but those bits were life rafts that kept me afloat when I was sinking: my sister … Read moreA Love Letter To My Memoir

Dreaming Your Creative Writing

My best friend Karin told me that when she sleeps it’s like going to the movies. She dreams complete stories. And she doesn’t always have the lead role! That surprised me because I’m always the star of my own dreams. If I remember them. Of course she’s a fiction writer and I write nonfiction—I’m working … Read moreDreaming Your Creative Writing

Happy New Creating Writing Year!

Resolutions or Intentions? I don’t know about you, but the whole idea of New Year’s Resolutions is a bit confounding. In fact, I’m not really sure what “resolutions” are. They are not “goals” which are measurable so it seems they are never quite attainable. The idea of setting intentions seems to be all the rage, … Read moreHappy New Creating Writing Year!