Season 2 Episode 28: Liz Gauffreau on The Art of Writing

Welcome to Tea Toast & Trivia.

Thank you for listening in.

Liz Gauffreau

I am delighted and thrilled that my dear friend,  writer and poet, Elizabeth Gauffreau  and I are bridging the 3,897 kilometers, as the crow flies,  between New Hampshire and Vancouver. 

Liz holds a BA in English/Writing from Old Dominion University and an MA in English/Fiction Writing from the University of New Hampshire. She is the Assistant Dean of Curriculum and Assessment at Champlain College Online in Burlington, Vermont.

Her fiction publications include short stories in Adelaide Literary Magazine, The Long Story, Soundings East, Ad Hoc Monadnock, Rio Grande Review, Blueline, Slow Trains, Hospital Drive, and Serving House Journal, among others. Her poetry has appeared in The Writing On The Wall, The Larcom Review, and Natural Bridge.

So, it will not come as a surprise that today’s discussion is on The Art of Writing. So put the kettle on and add to this exciting conversation.

Welcome Liz and thank you for joining the podcast conversation and sharing your insights on writing.


Thank you for joining Liz and me on Tea Toast & Trivia. And a special thank you and shout out to Liz, who continues to inspire me.  You are only an internet click away from  Liz on lizgauffreau.com. It is a place where stories dwell. Until next time, stay safe, be well.


23 Comments Add yours

  1. Good to find Liz here.

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    1. Clanmother says:

      I am so glad that you joined the conversation. I would love to connect with you on a podcast one day – let me know. Take care and hugs coming to you and Carina!

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    2. Thank you, Jo! I’m so happy to be here.

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  2. Dave Astor says:

    Fabulous conversation, Rebecca and Liz — with the bonus of you, Liz, reciting your evocative lighthouse/whittling poem near the end!

    I was impressed with all the eloquent thoughts and advice on writing — how the Internet has changed who is considered a writer, how writing success is defined, respecting a writer’s approach rather than trying to change it, how different people interpret the same writing differently, the importance of a blogging community, etc.!

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    1. Clanmother says:

      Liz is an inspiration to us all. She connects, encourages, and gently challenges us all to expand our horizons. I enjoyed our conversation and look forward to more in the future.

      I remember my decision to create a podcast. I confess I was apprehensive the first time I pressed the publish button, much like the first time that pressed the button on my first blog post. I had just finished reading and listening to the news when I turned to Don and said, “where are the conversations that will feed my soul?” His response – “they are there – you need to find them.”

      So Dave – you have been found along with Liz, Elisabeth, Liz, Sylvia, Irena, Sarah, Frances, Martha, Alisha, Brian, Stephanie, Jean-Jacques. I have been encouraged and thrilled that we are finding ways to send positive, hopeful, compassionate thoughts and messages out into the universe.

      When I was looking into my recent Vincent Van Gogh post, I came across this quote that says it all: “It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done.” Vincent Van Gogh

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      1. Dave Astor says:

        SO glad you decided to create/host a podcast, Rebecca! To say you’re skilled in that role is a major understatement. 🙂

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      2. Clanmother says:

        You always make my day. P.S. Don wants you to know he found some more apps to make our voices even better.

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      3. Dave Astor says:

        Don is ever innovating!

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      4. Thank you for sharing how Don encouraged you to start podcasting. You’re so fortunate to have him as a partner in this endeavor.

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    2. Thank you for listening, Dave, and adding your thoughts to the conversation!

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  3. Interesting and motivating conversation and poetry! Maybe it’s not too late to write tonight… Good to hear Liz’s voice, too!

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    1. Clanmother says:

      I am so very glad that you listened in. And I am delighted that we have connected via Dave Astor. I am looking forward to our ongoing conversation and the journey ahead. And I do LOVE your name.

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    2. We motivated you to write? Our work here is done! Thanks for listening and commenting, Becky.

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  4. Mary Jo Malo says:

    I can’t even express just how refreshing it is to hear Liz’s candid experiences on this subject. She is a gifted, generous writer and articulate speaker, and I’m so glad to be acquainted with her through you 🙂

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    1. Clanmother says:

      I am so glad that you listened in….

      We live our best life when we connect with kindred spirits. In the end what will be remembered is the friendships made and the love given and received.

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    2. Thank you for your kind words, Mary Jo!

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      1. Mary Jo Malo says:

        You’re welcome. It’s always encouraging to hear writers’ thoughts experiences 🙂

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  5. What a wonderful conversation you had with Liz. What an interesting and talented lady she is. I so enjoyed her lighthouse poem at the end. As you know, I’m a big fan of lighthouses in general and have very fond memories of living a stone’s throw away from my favourite one in South Africa.

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    1. Clanmother says:

      I share you love of lighthouses, Sylvia. They are a symbol of hope as well as strength and persistence to me. Someone once wrote (don’t have a clue who he or she was) “Lighthouses don’t get all wobbly when the weather gets rough; they just stand there shining.” Hugs coming your way.

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      1. Now I’m smiling ear to ear. 😀

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      2. I like that quote!

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    2. I’m so glad you enjoyed the lighthouse poem! I really enjoyed writing it. The lighthouse at Two Lights holds a very special place in my heart.

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