Monthly Archives: March 2012

Buddha Book is Brilliant!

If you’re looking for a book to read and one with a unique style to inspire your own writing, try The Buddha in the Attic. Here’s a link to the review I wrote for the Las Vegas Review-Journal:

Told as a collective stream of consciousness, “The Buddha in the Attic” follows Japanese mail-order brides from their passage across the seas to American soil, from their dreams to their reality, from hope to heartache.

Author Julie Otsuka writes in such a way that while we really don’t know any one character in particular, we understand each of them completely. From the moment they step off the ship clutching photographs of their young, handsome, wealthy “knights in shining armor,” we watch in horror as these girls come face-to-face with their older, homely, poor new husbands. We cry for the misery they face, toiling in the fields; and we hang our heads in despair for the treatment they receive at the hands of the American government, as well as their own spouses.

And, too, we feel the disbelief … shame, even … of the American people — in the communities where these quiet, hardworking Japanese women worked and lived and raised their families — who condoned, if not participated in, their degradation and “dismissal.”

“The Buddha in the Attic” is a chilling account, written so sparingly that we think there should be more, but also so beautifully and succinctly that we realize no other words are necessary.

Jami Carpenter is a freelance editor for Stephens Press, former host of Vegas PBS Book Club talk show and co-author of “Education in the Neon Shadow.”


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I’m a COWGirl…

If you’ll be in the Bend/Redmond, Oregon neighborhood next month,  I’m giving a workshop on writing for the Central Oregon Writers’ Guild and invite you to attend! To learn more about the workshop or COWG, click here:

Avoiding the Slush Pile: Editing Tips to Make Your Manuscript More Marketable

Central Oregon Writers Guild
Saturday Workshop
Avoiding the Slush Pile: Editing Tips to
Make Your Manuscript More Marketable.
A Hand-on Techniques workshop
With Red Pen Girl Editor, Jami Carpenter
When: Saturday, April 21, 9:30-12:30
Location: COCC Redmond Campus, 2030 SE College Loop,
                 Building 3, Room 306
Cost: $10 for Guild members, $15 for nonmembers.
          Tickets at the door.
Even the most accomplished authors struggle with some aspect of their writing, whether it’s following the rules of grammar, punctuation, and formatting or creating the most captivating opening to catch the attention of publishers. “Redpengirl” Jami Carpenter will reveal the most common, ghastly, and humorous errors she’s encountered as a professional editor and ghostwriter, as well as provide suggestions and solutions to help writers keep their manuscripts from ending up in the “round file.”

The three-hour workshop will include hands-on activities designed to incorporate the tips and techniques introduced. Participants are encouraged to bring five copies of their own “first two pages” for review and recommendations, and of course, their own red pens!

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