Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Babies, Writing Conferences, and more

It’s official. Writer Abroad is now also Mother Abroad. Her little daughter was born a couple weeks ago and now her time management challenge between writing and mothering begins.

Not surprisingly, Writer Abroad has been inspired by Anne Lamott’s Operating Instructions: A Journal Of My Son’s First Year. So while taking a break from both her memoir and her novel, she’s decided to try a similar kind of journal, but with a living abroad twist. So far, the most she’s written at one time without being interrupted is about 1300 words. But the average seems to be more like 200 words. But at least she’s never searching for inspiration…

Speaking of inspiration, there’s an interesting literary festival going on in Lisbon next summer, July 1-13, 2012. It’s called Disquiet: Dzanc Books International Literary Program. The program features workshops in poetry, fiction, nonfiction and photography. It also features Philip Graham on faculty, who was interviewed on this site last year.

At the end of this month, Zurich’s first weekend-long book festival will bring more than 100 events to the Switzerland region. To add some English-language spirit to the festival, the Zurich Writers Workshop and the Nuance Words Collective have arranged an event at Widder Bar on Saturday, October 29, starting at 18:00. The event will lead you to Orell Füssli for its ‘Welcome to the Night Circus’ event at 20:00.

Well, that’s all the news for now. If you have any links to share or news about a writing conference or event, please leave a link below or contact me.


  1. Congrats on the baby! Somehow I missed the fact that you were pregnant (or maybe you kept that on the down low?). I'm sure you have yours hands full!

  2. How exciting!! Congratulations!!

  3. Thanks! Yeah, tried to keep a low profile...at least online :-)

  4. Congrats! I completely know how you feel - our daughter was born 2 months ago and I'm still trying to find "work time"!

  5. Congratulations! I used Operating Instructions as journalling inspiration too, when my son was born 2 years ago. I didn't end up journalling (in a book) so much, but with the multiple blogs (including a private baby blog) + book, we have a good record going!

    And since you mentioned international festivals, here's one that I'm organising in November at our historic home in Goa, India. Our home used to be the Mint of Goa in the 1830s and we've begun a 3-day literary and cultural event to celebrate not only the building and its history but also other things like books, music, art and the environment.

    The Casa da Moeda Festival 2011, Goa, India (25-27 November)

  6. Thanks for the link to the festival in India. It sounds wonderful.

  7. Congratulations on being a Mom! Many blessings and best wishes to you, your hubs, and your baby!

  8. Hi Chantal. Don't know if you remember me? We were in a MB essay class with Liza years ago. So happy for you on your writing success & Congratulations on your new little one!


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