Welcome to the first-ever Expat Sat, the culturally kooky, map nonspecific, sometimes bewildering, always fascinating intersection of expat life and writing.
As I announced in WRITERHEAD’s inaugural blog post, Saturdays are hereby reserved for expat writers and aspiring expat writers. Every Saturday from now until the end of time, I’ll provide you with expat-specific writing advice, inspiration, writing prompts, suggested reading lists, links to relevant contests and conferences, interviews with expat authors, publishing know-how, and other goodies.
My hope is that Expat Sat will become a worldwide conversation. That you talk to me (and to one another) as much as I talk to you. That this tiny province on our vast virtual planet will become a regular stopping place for you and that you will cheer on one another’s writerly successes and weigh in on one another’s challenges.
Because honestly, no matter where you live, being a writer can be a lonely gig. And if you’re an expat writer in a foreign country far from home, you can sometimes feel as if you’re going to burst.
No bursting allowed on my watch!
The way I see it, there are two kinds of expat writers:
- the expat who was a writer before making the move to a new country
- the expat who started writing (or is about to start writing) after moving to a new country
Raise your hand if you are a member of Group #1.
(smiles at raised hands)
Now, raise your hand if you belong to Group #2. And yes, that includes those who haven’t yet written a word, but plan to soon.
Come on, come on. Be brave. Own your passion and aspirations. Hands up!
And a big welcome to all of you.
Before you click away, please take a moment to say hello and to answer the following two questions in the comment section:
- From which country do you hail? In which country are you living?
- How is being an expat fueling your desire to write?
(Also, be sure to check out the online writing workshop I’m launching specifically for expat writers. The first session begins May 1.)