The Blog & I
The Blog and I . . .
I started this blog as way to explore and share writing issues.
My current writing project is nonfiction, a meditation of sorts on life, values, modern life, and and nature. The catalyst for this topic was my two-month stint as resident writer on a tiny, remote island in the Southern Ocean, off the coast of Tasmania. No telecommunications, no shops, no traffic–bliss!
As an academic, I published research articles and a popular book about business writing. More recently, I have have been writing short stories. I enjoy reading short stories and discovering why some are so memorable and satisfying.
Varuna International Writers House
I am chair of the board of directors at Varuna The Writers’ House. Varuna provides a residency program and other developmental opportunities for committed writers. It hosts the annual Varuna-Sydney Writers’ Festival.
I was born and raised in Kansas but have called Australia home for many years. This cultural hybridity shapes my writing. Most of my career has been in education, as a writer, editor, researcher, educator, and educational manager.
Research and teaching interests: document design, culture, communication, and computer-based education.
Formal qualifications: BA literature and German language, MA literature, Graduate Diploma communication management, PhD text linguistics.
Work/life experiences: Some of my most memorable jobs included creating training programs on non-discrimination and multicultural issues, running a program for expelled students, managing a bookshop, and working in a community centre for people with chronic mental illness. When I was 15, I took up my first ‘real’ job, working a ride at an amusement park. That experience taught me the value of an education in terms of more work and life choices.
Besides writing, personal interests include travel, meditation and yoga, and reading fiction.
- Contactable at: marsha dot s dot durham at gmail dot com