Various Writing Opportunities: Come Write With Me!

This workshop is at the beach in Washington at the Sou'Wester Lodge. Sunday, January 28th at 10 am. until 4 p.m. for $60. Consider staying the night in one of the unique and wonderful trailers or in a room in the lodge.


This class is a Saturday morning ongoing shindig at PCC in Newberg starting January 20th and goes through March 17th. 10 a.m. to 11:50 a.m. $119.00.

Write a thoughtful memoir that reads like fiction. Focus on craft techniques including that page-turning quality that's as important in literary memoir as it is in mysteries. Bring 10 pages of your work, highlighter and sticky notes. 




Let's write the river together.

Let's write the river together.

Narrow River, Wide Sky: A Memoir Made the Multnomah County Library's List!

Narrow River, Wide Sky: A Memoir Made the Multnomah Country Library's 2017 List of Best Books! HUGE thanks! Here's the review:

"A beautifully-written memoir that explores some of the deep divides in our nation through the lens of one life, one coming-of-age. Timely, humble, human and lovely." - Haley I. 

Much thanks to Haley I.!


Reviews and Interviews - Updated

With deepest gratitude to everyone who's sent me wonderful messages and said beautiful things after reading the book. Thank you to interviewers and booksellers and everyone who's supported this project and supported me. I'm nothing without you. Love.

Wonderful audio version of a section of the book by Jude Brewer, creator and director of StoryTellers Telling Stories:

Interview with Propeller here:

From a hometown Mancos reader. All love. So grateful for this:

"Jenny Forrester's memoir transported me through time, as she writes about the small Colorado town I grew up in, and will always refer to as "home". Being just a few years behind her in school, it was like living the story alongside her page by page. Ms Forrester is a gifted story teller that kept me wanting more, rendering me incapable of putting it down. I purchased the audible version for myself and the book version for my mother, so excited to have both. I admire and commend this writer for her honesty and openness in sharing the most private moments of her life. What a brave warrior!! Her Mother was my teacher and was protrayed so accurately and eloquently. She was a beautiful and strong woman that touched the lives of her students. Many of us former students, many had moved away from Mancos, grieved her loss as we learned the tragic news."

With thanks to Powell's books for adding the book to the holiday list!

Lit Crawl and Wordstock!




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Love to All These Indie Bookshops!

The Oregonian!

With thanks to Amy Wang for this interview in the Oregonian.


Q: What inspired you to write a memoir?

A: This memoir began when my mother died in 1995 and I wanted my daughter to know her grandma, who I thought was an incredible member of our family. It was just going to be a history. And then I started writing and met real writers and then I met poets and then I met a lot of political activists and the book just kept changing and changing until it became what it is now. It's still for my daughter, but it's also - I wanted it to become eventually a piece of art."

More Reviews from Amazon and Goodreads

"Jenny Forrester's new memoir is gorgeously written; she is both unflinchingly honest and generous of heart when she navigates the tricky territories of family and the ways in which place can shape our identities. And while her story is grounded in a very specific time and place, the truth of the story transcends it. I deeply appreciate a writer who can capture the beauty of a place without romanticizing it and write about people in all their messiness while still allowing them to be fully human."

"What a journey we are taken on in this book. It is all too easy to be there while reading, and at the same time find out secrets about ourselves. This is a hard-to-stop-reading book.
Well done, Jenny Forrester!"

"A memoir of simple, sometimes brutal, honesty telling the truths of a life growing up in rural, conservative Colorado - to become a strong adult. Beautifully written. Nature is ever-present - a vital thread winding its way through the tapestry of a life. Highly recommended."

"Eloquent, lyrical, honest, and resilient. I love this book and this author."

So much love and gratitude to you all!

Reviews - Posting With Gratitude

"It's hard to avoid hyperbole in describing this book. It's hard to believe that this is Jenny Forrester's first full length manuscript. Such is the quality of both story and the writing that brings that story to life. Others have described it as a memoir of a certain place, but Narrow River, Wide Sky describes more than any geography (although her ability to render place is genuinely terrific). The "where" of this memoir is really inside "family" and "community" and even "country". In this rendering, Forrester's story is universal. I heard the first chapter read by the author over a year ago in Portland. This is a town where you can't shake a stick without pointing at a writer. It's a writers town. I promise you that with this first book Jenny Forrester will take her rightful place among the top 1% of the wonderful wordsmiths from here. (Or, anywhere.) I bought four copies. Three for friends. It's on my kindle. It's the kind of book that you can read again and again and again and I will. You should too." - Love to Corie Skolnick, author of Orfan and America's Most Eligible

"Your beautiful book was my dearest companion all week. I adored it as you immersed me in Colorado because I've known all those places since I was in my late 20's. To read of your childhood there was golden. The small town struggles were very real to me. My high school wasn't as tiny as yours but it was small and everybody knew you, your family & your business.You captured this perfectly. Church and faith were factors in my growing up as they were in yours,and I found your ability to speak of this was beautifully nuanced. I understood it as the backdrop of your guilt over your emerging sexual self. I felt your longing for belonging and wanting to please your partners and not disappoint your mom, as if it were my own.

And your mom, oh gosh did I fall in love with her! What a brave and proud woman. I was crying out, no, no, no, no, NO when the call came about her cave diving death. I know you let us know up front, you'd be burying her, but I was so fully engaged in the arc of her story and the story of your relationship with her, I wanted her and the two of you to go on and on. I felt her death acutely and suffered your sorrow along side you. What an amazing tribute to her as you hit all your marks telling your story. I lingered over your luscious language and descriptions of vistas I'll be looking for when I drive out to Colorado this summer.

I'm sending copies to my two dearest girlfriends who live out in Pitkin County, Colorado. I know they will love it, too." - Love to Chuckie D.

"Poetry in novel form! Heart wrenching memoir and I found myself cheering on the author along with the story and disappointed and furious and crying along with her also. It is amazing! I could not put it down until it was done but it does demand to be read slower as poetry in order to capture the magic of the language in all the visuals. All together fantastic!!!" Love to Rebecca Smolen