Patricia Ann Chaffee
Patricia Ann Chaffee 

Professional Writer ~ Spiritual Director ~ Retreat Guide ~ Expressive Arts Facilitator ~ Simple Living Advocate 

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Creating a Writing Life March 2019
Greetings Friends.  
"Mary Oliver helped us stay amazed" is the headline in the New Yorker following her passing on January 17. What a tragic loss for the literary world. I loved her simplicity and ability to inspire. 
“Instructions for living a life. 
Pay attention. 
Be astonished. 
Tell about it.” 
― Mary Oliver

How challenging is it to pay attention to life, to be astonished by what we see, and to tell about it? Through memoir, poetry, fiction, whatever we feel called to,  we enter into a place of vulnerability when we write and even more so when we share our work. But we can choose to hide or choose to live boldly. I've done both. Sometimes alternating between the two.

In a wintry moment dreaming of warm summer days, and in response to several inquiries, I ventured forth boldly and scheduled two Creating A Writing Life retreats this year. One in Mystic and one in Madison, both in idyllic settings on the ocean.  There is nothing like a day on Long Island Sound  with like minded souls, to inspire creativity. 

I'm super excited about our guest speakers. Mike Urban has an extensive background in the literary field as an editor, vice president of Globe Pequot Press, award-winning travel writer and author.  Gail Chianese is a member of  Connecticut Romance Writers of America and author of seven contemporary romance novels. Choose your location or favorite speaker and register today. More info below. 

Lastly, I'm working on a new project that has me jumping out of bed in the morning  and anxious to get to my computer. Stay tuned for  more details....

Abundant winter blessings to you...


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