Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.
[William Wordsworth]

Book CoverI’ve just returned from the most delightful of journeys—almost 3,000 miles through the heart of America. My primary objective was to attend the Land Full of Stories writers’ conference presented by the Story Circle Network in San Marcos, Texas. Along the way, I was able to enjoy visits with loved ones and new acquaintances. I also enjoyed the company of knitters at the Tulsa Knitters Guild, and discovered that Iowa is as beautiful as Virginia. I’d always imagined that Iowa was miles and miles of flat corn fields, but it is a place with rolling and interesting landscapes. That is not to say that flat corn fields are not beautiful, but I live in that landscape and enjoy seeing something different when I pay $3.00 a gallon for gas to go somewhere else.

The centerpiece of the SCN writers’ conference was the launch of the book, what wildness is this. Kathleen Dean Moore, Ph.D., presented the keynote address that kept me enthralled and, at times, in tears at its depth and beauty. I attended four writing workshops, each of which focused on an aspect of writing about “place”—internal as well as external places. This experience was so enriching that it will take me months to assimilate all that I learned.

The contributors to what wildness is this will be blogging about place at this LINK .