Writer’s Retreat Videos: One-a-Day Vitamins Starting with Naseem Rakha

Last spring poet Mark Nepo and I gathered a group of artists together at Seasons, the retreat center of The Fetzer Institute. What happened next was magical–solitude and community intertwined for an entire, delicious, week. I described it after it ended in this post. Now the staff at the Institute has posted a series of short videos on the website above. For the next several days, I will embed a new video each day. I’d love to have your comments, and I’m sure the authors would also. Maybe we can induce some of them to come visit!

I’ll start with a short clip from Naseem Rakha, author of the great novel The Crying Tree. Here Naseem talks about the human condition. Watch her face as she talks about listening and about honing her skills of observation. These skills apply to the memoir writer as well as the novelist. Leave a comment if you want to see more of these videos or to share a response to Naseem’s powerful presence.

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About Shirley Hershey Showalter

Author of memoir Blush: A Mennonite Girl Meets a Glittering World. Blogging about Magical Memoir Moments and Jubilación -- vocation in the second half of life.
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