C. Lill Ahrens was a visual artist until she tagged along on her husband’s six-month business sojourn to Seoul, with only four weeks notice, few funds, one toddler, and no clue she’d be learning Korean culture via trial and error – mostly error. She coped by writing funny letters home, and in the process became addicted to writing for readers. Returning to Corvallis Oregon with a book’s worth of story material, Lill began to study the craft in earnest. Award-winning stand-alones from her travel-disaster memoir in progress – Thirty Miles South of North Korea, There’s No Place Like Where? – are published in numerous literary journals and anthologies.
Along the way, Lill’s love for writing grew into a passion for helping aspiring writers, so over the past ten years she ‘s accumulated many writing “hats.” She is an editor for Calyx: A Journal of Art and Literature by Women, the contest director for Oregon Writers Colony, a creative writing teacher for the local community college, an editorial consultant, and a writers’ coach. She also gives presentations on writing techniques, and leads writing retreats and workshops in exotic Oregon locales. Her conversational method of supportive feedback has helped many of her students and clients become published award-winning authors.
Lill’s next writing project is a “how-to-write” book, Creating a Movie in Your Reader’s Mind. You can contact Lill at her website, clillahrens.com