Melanie Bishop

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Countdown to Release of Nature Love Medicine: Three More Days!

Highly recommend this book!
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Honored to have an essay on loss and grief in this important anthology. Each day leading up to publication date, the editor Tom Fleischner features one author/essay on the book’s FB page. My essay is featured today, 3 days till release.
Here are three excerpts from “In the Form of Birds.”
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The movement gets larger and has a sound. Birdlike and big, it quickly overwhelms the small room. Still, I don’t feel wide awake, don’t get up, turn on the light, do any of what you might normally do hearing something strange in your room at night. Whatever level of consciousness I inhabit, I know that the movement is my father, shown up in the form he was able to. 
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Consulting my bird book now, I see that the new birds I listed that summer were the Western Tanager, Hepatic Tanager, Canyon Towhee, Plain Titmouse, Phainopepla, Black-headed Grosbeak and Northern Flicker. The journal I kept reveals this note: If the bird isn’t my father, the fact that I’m even noticing him, paying attention, is my father’s influence, so isn’t that the same thing? Doesn’t matter if the winged visits from my father can be verified; doesn’t matter if they are real or imagined. What matters is this bird love is something he gave me.
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It was a harsh grief for me, incomprehensible pain. I thought that having been through the loss of my father, when the time came for my mother to leave, I would do grief well, like someone who’s practiced. Instead, I was a wreck. This grief was an entirely different beast.
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Reading from “In the Form of Birds” at Peregrine Book Company.

Excited to participate in the launch of this important anthology: Nature Love Medicine: Essays on Wildness and Wellness, (Torrey House Press) edited by Tom Fleischner. Thanks, Tom, for including “In the Form of Birds” in the book.

Peregrine’s event included readings by Tom Fleischner, Editor, and by fellow contributor, Edie Dillon. Book’s official release date is Nov. 14th. 

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Photo credit: Ted Bouras.


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Writing Our Lives Retreat for Women

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Writing Our Lives: An Intro to Memoir

 Prescott, Arizona, October 27—29, 2017

Are there events from your life you want to get down on paper? Need help getting started? Join us in Prescott for Writing Our Lives: An Intro to Memoir. Leave with inspiration, insight, ideas, skills, and maybe some new friends.

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“My experience at the Lexi Retreat was life changing.  I had no idea what I was getting myself into and was very anxious.  I had not really had much writing experience and Melanie was the perfect person to guide me through and to put me at ease.” –Sarah O. New Orleans, LA 

 

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“I have attended the Iowa Writers Workshop, the workshop in Spoleto, Italy and the New York Writers Institute. I can say hands-down that working with Melanie has been the most inspiring of them all. She is an excellent educator and an exceptional reader. She helped me to move forward on my project and to do some of my best writing ever. It is my full intention to come back next year and continue to work with Melanie.”  –Dr. Linda Meyers, writer and psychologist, Manhattan, 3-time retreat attendee.

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A year ago, Lexi hosted our first Write & Play Retreat in Prescott, Arizona. Nicknamed “Everybody’s Hometown,” “The Mile-High City,” and “Arizona’s Christmas City,” Prescott is known for its comfortable climate, natural beauty, tree-lined town square, clean air, and small-town charm. Surrounded by National Forests, Prescott’s hiking and biking opportunities are plentiful and close to town. Lodging and food costs are very reasonable.

$575 includes 3 group sessions with mentor, Melanie Bishop. (Friday evening, Sat and Sun mornings.) Melanie joins retreat participants for an opening happy hour and a closing lunch.  (Lodging and meals not included in price.)

Limited to first eight registrants. $250 deposit by Oct. 21st holds your spot. Balance due on October 27th.  Register via email: leximelanie@gmail.com.

 

Recommended Lodging: Grand Highland Hotel on Whiskey Row. grand highland sign for lexi

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“Memoir is absolutely my favorite course to teach. It’s an honor and a privilege to offer gentle guidance to writers at every level, as they grapple with the details of their lives, aiming to make artful sense of this human experience we all share.”  –Melanie Bishop

Melanie Photos 079Melanie Bishop taught creative writing and literature at Prescott College for 22 years, and founded their national literary magazine, Alligator Juniper. She’s the author of a young adult novel, My So-Called Ruined Life, Book One of the Tate McCoy Series. Book Two, The Savior of Me, is due out next year.

Melanie has mentored creative writing retreats in Arizona’s Sierra Ancha Wilderness, At Paolo Soleri’s Arcosanti (www.arcosanti.org), in Prescott, Arizona, in the Cycladic Islands of Greece, and on the Monterey Peninsula in Carmel-by-the-Sea.

Learn more about Melanie here.