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Jennifer McGaha is a public speaker and the author of two celebrated creative non-fiction books, Flat Broke with Two Goats and Bushwhacking: How to Get Lost in the Woods and Write Your Way Out.

A native of Appalachia, Jennifer lives in a wooded North Carolina hollow with her husband, two cats, three unruly dogs, ten relatively tame dairy goats, and an ever-changing number of hens.

Bushwhacking is a revelation…it’s a wonderful and encouraging clarion call to reclaim our wildness as writers. It makes you want to run outside and run–and then come back inside to get some words down on the page.

She is a courage teacher of the highest order. ”

– Robert Vivian, author of The Tall Grass trilogy

Bushwhacking:

How to Get Lost in the Woods and Write Your Way Out

Part writing memoir, part nature memoir, and part meditation on a life well lived, Bushwhacking draws on McGaha’s experiences running, hiking, biking, paddling, and getting lost across the Appalachian Mountains of western North Carolina to offer readers encouragement and practical suggestions to accompany them on their writing and life journeys. 

With humility, humor, and hard-won wisdom, Bushwhacking honors writing craft traditions and offers fresh insights into how close communion with nature can transform your writing and your life.

Trinity University Press (2023)

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Bushwhacking
2023

Flat Broke with Two Goats
2018