Today we hear from writer and wellness nonprofit founder Lara Wilson about her idea of the Shadowscape: exploring the shadow side of yourself to deepen your characters in your fiction and your own understanding of how they move in the world (and how you do so as well).
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Lara Wilson devotes her life to exploring the intersection of storytelling, wellbeing and befriending. Her short stories have been published in The Kenyon Review, StoryQuarterly, American Fiction, Confrontation, Indiana Review, the Chicago Tribune Book Section and the anthology, Printers Row, among others. An essay about her breast cancer journey was published on WBUR's Cognoscenti. Lara was awarded a 2010 Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship in Fiction as well as scholarships from the Bread Loaf and Sewanee Writers’ Conferences. She served on the board and taught fiction workshops at GrubStreet and for the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library, where she curates the Concord Festival of Authors. A lifelong meditator, Lara established 501c3 non-profit Be Well Be Here, whose mission is to inspire greater wellBEing through creative mindful wellness practices and the transformative power of storytelling to build compassionate communities.