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Tranquility du Jour #407: The Writing Process

The Writing Process with Kim Manganelli. In this week’s edition of Tranquility du Jour, we chat about her journey to becoming a lit professor, work with the Amherst Writers & Artists method, creation of Wisteria (formerly Wildflower) writing workshops, plus writing struggles and advice.

Tranquility du Jour #407: The Writing Process with Kim Manganelli


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Shape Soirée Talk in Richmond: October 20

Writing in the Woods in West Virginia: October 27-29 {1 spot left}

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Yoga, Mindfulness + Creativity in Costa Rica: February 17-24

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Featured Guest: Kim Manganelli

Kim Manganelli is an Associate Professor of nineteenth-century literature at Clemson University and a novelist in progress. She is a Certified Leader of the Amherst Writers and Artists method whose Wisteria Writing Workshops give writers of all levels of education and experience a safe and playful space to get their words out of their heads and onto the page. She currently lives in Greenville, SC but is always dreaming of Paris. Visit her online at


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One Spot Left: Writing in the Woods

We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.—Anaïs Nin

Long for writing space and time in nature? Join us next weekend, October 27-29 for the annual Writing in the Woods retreat. There’s one spot available.

This tranquility-filled weekend is for the writing curious to the published author and immerses you in a writing and yoga connection. Practice yoga (not catered to brand new yogis), pen responses to writing prompts, learn inspiring writing tools, and explore the path to publication.

We’ll roast vegan marshmallows around a campfire, dine on homemade vegetarian cuisine, write what bubbles up, practice yoga and mindfulness, reflect on where we are, and renew our sense of connection to the muse.

Here’s a peek into former Writing in the Woods retreats: 2015 and 2016.

If this experience is calling to you, click below for more information and to register. The woods are waiting.

Love Notes

More than kisses, letters mingle souls.—John Donne

Receiving a handwritten letter in the mail is a true delight. I rip it open with a big smile on my face and typically sit down to drink it in. Since the sale of Tranquil Space, I’ve been privy to more snail mail than usual and it’s meant so much. I have a stack on my desk that feels like a shrine.

Since childhood I’ve been a letter writer—thank you notes, get well cards, condolences. My beloved Gramma and I communicated via snail mail for nearly four decades. I have an entire basket dedicated to stationery waiting to be written upon along with pretty floral postage stamps, piles of washi tape, and a personalized rubber stamp with my address to I dip into pink ink.

Writing a letter is a sensory experience. Typically there’s a cuppa tea nearby and a candle burning. I love the feel of the  paper and pen in my hand, the sealing of the envelope with washi tape, and the dropping of the letter into the big blue post box.

Yesterday I stuffed 20 envelopes with lavender tea, a 5×7 photo from our Team Thank You Soirée, and a handwritten love note sealed with gold polka-dot washi tape. Later I created 125 goody packets shown above for Shape Soiree {where I’ll be speaking on 10/20}. All of these hand packaged goodies were dropped at the Post Office today and I’m eager for them to make their way into their new homes.

Within the next few days I’ll be sending a Love Note out to all newsletter subscribers. If you’re not yet on the list, please feel free join. It gets you access to Tranquil Treasures and occasional updates straight to your inbox. While it’s not the same as snail mail, I treat it with the same loving care because . . . letters mingle souls. Bisous. x