INTERVIEW WITH LOUISE MITCHELL
When did you first feel like a writer?
In ninth grade, my teacher announced to the class that my term paper draft was the best in class. No one was more surprised than me. Then she shared that I had one sentence that filled a (handwritten) page, but it was properly punctuated, so she couldn’t really grade me down. That same school year, my typing teacher exempted me from class to work with the librarians on cataloging tasks. I became aware that words were flying out of my fingers through the typewriter. Already someone saw opportunity in my speed and accuracy.
What's your philosophy about teaching a writing class?
My philosophy about teaching a writing class is to share the idea that we write from within our beings. Not just our minds, but our hearts, too. I provide the opportunity for each participant to leave the distractions of life behind and connect internally with their own writing inspiration. Deeper than a writing block, deeper than doubts and confusion, to a place where the words simply flow unimpeded with passion, strength, and clarity.
If you could meet any fictional character, who would it be and why?
The first fictional character who comes to mind, that I would like to meet, is the prophet-magician, Merlin. He met me once in meditation and declared, “Life is magical, my Dear! Life is magical!” His laughter reinforced the lighthearted joy available when I allow myself to tune in. Every once in a while I could use a little dose of magic and more wisdom.
Louise M. Mitchell has been leading workshops, retreats, and meditations since 1991. She is the author of three books on meditation, healing, and Nature and is a published poet. In Charlottesville, she has been Critique Group Facilitator for the Blue Ridge Writers since 2016 and previously was president of Mountain Writers in Evergreen, CO. Her articles have appeared in newspapers and magazines, including The ECHO World newspaper. She was a co-workshop leader for two years at Pathways magazine’s expos in the D.C. area. After 37 years of writing, editing, and desktop production, Louise retired from a corporate career in marketing and communications.
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