Pilgrim at Tinker Mountain

I’m just back from a wonderful, immersive experience at the Tinker Mountain Writers Workshop at Hollins University in Roanoke, Va.* I took a master class with Fred Leebron called “Advanced Novel,” in which a cohort of eight writers read and critiqued each others’ novels-in-progress. The Swannanoa Building at Hollins, which houses the university’s creative writing program, was a lovely old building with some unusual quirks (including a taxidermied chicken in the library – sorry, I didn’t get a photo of that).

The library of the creative writing center at Hollins


I’ll be able to use the in-depth craft techniques I learned and all the helpful feedback I got as I’m revising my novel, Clio Rising, this summer – for which I wrote a log line while I was away. Here it is, to whet your reading appetite:

In 1980s New York, a newly out lesbian embarks on a job as companion to a literary great of the “Lost Generation,” a closeted lesbian who accomplished just one great book.

*My attendance at TMWW was funded, in part, by a Regional Artist Project Grant from the Arts and Science Council – Charlotte/Mecklenburg and the North Carolina Arts Council.

Bluestockings Reading

I had a wonderful time at Bluestockings Bookstore in NYC on Sunday evening, reading from The Ada Decades and taking questions from the delightful audience. Support indie bookstores!