Reviews & Interviews

The Pen and the Bell: Mindful Writing in a Busy World is a needed reminder that to be fully alive and alert is a prerequisite to writing well. Brenda Miller and Holly Hughes are the perfect guides for helping us all slow down and see the world around us. What a wise, warm, wonderful book!”

~ Dinty W. Moore, author of The Mindful Writer


Here’s a wonderful review by Mike Dillon in the Bookbeat page at Seattle City Living. Here’s an excerpt:

Some writers steer clear of the writing-workshop world; others benefit. Even the former, however, might find “Pen and Bell” an aid to picking up traction in the face of a blank page or computer screen, a challenge poet and teacher William Stafford likened to trying to start a car on ice.

Hughes and Miller are smart, companionable and focused lantern bearers as they lead the reader through 20 chapters that capture the different hours (or seasons) of life, from “Sitting Down and Waking Up,” to “On Gratitude,” to “Befriending Solitude and Grief.”



December 1, 2012
Check out this interview with Brenda by Midge Raymond, on her blog “Remembering English.”

November 28, 2012
Check out this interview with Brenda and Holly in Crosscut magazine, with writer Robin Lindley.


October 1, 2012: Check out this video interview with Holly, by Marcia Woodard at Edmonds Community College.


September 13, 2012: Check out this interview with Brenda at the Book of Kells. You’ll find out all the behind-the-scenes process of creating the Pen and the Bell.


June 24, 2012: Check out Off the Page, where Drew Myron interviews Brenda and Holly and gives away a free copy of The Pen and the Bell!

May 11, 2012: Check out Writing Our Way Home for an interview with Brenda and Holly on the writing life!