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Georgia Bound

I'll be in Blairsville, Ga., next weekend for the Bryon Herbert Reece Society gathering. This poet and novelist was known for his love of farm life and nature.
Like North Carolina's own John Ehle, he's a writer intimately in tune with the land, and not as well known today as he should be.

Save the Date: BookMarks

Blog Tour for Blood Clay

I'm setting up a blog tour for the spring and summer. If you are interested in interviewing me, reviewing Blood Clay, or hosting a book giveaway on your blog, please get in touch with me at valnieman@gmail.com or respond to this post and I'll be happy to work with you. Make sure to include your email address so I can reply to you.

Of Teaching and Writing

Yesterday, I sat in among the massed faculty on the floor of the Greensboro Coliseum to witness that great rite of passage, college graduation. The students were exhorted to follow their dreams, work hard, maintain their ethical standards, trust in God, thank their parents...all the standard tropes of commencement.

Amid all the celebration - the cheers, the signs, the lovingly decorated mortarboards, the bouquets and beach balls - the faculty sat as a silent chorus. Each of us had students crossing the stage who had grown from students into fellow scholars, others whose nurturing and guidance demanded a more parental approach, but every name called was a witness to success.

Those who can, in my experience, also teach. It is a great mission, to pass on what one has learned to another person. Writing is a particularly knotty subject, as we truly cannot teach someone how to write. The writing comes from within. But we can show a comelier turn of phrase, direct reading that will inspire and…

Guest blog on editing

Stop by my friend Nancy's blog for my look at editing....

Winner!

I'm not the person who usually wins - but I did today, thanks to the Reading Life blog book giveaway. I'll have the pleasure of reading The Watery Part of the World by Greensboro's own Michael Parker this summer, thanks to Pam Kelley.

Thinking about writing in multiple genres