Rachel Weaver is the author of the novel Point of Direction (Ig Publishing, May 2014), which Oprah Magazine described as a “strikingly vivid debut novel” and named to the May 2014 list of Top Ten Titles to Pick Up Now. In his review on NPR’s All Things Considered, Alan Cheuse described the novel as one that “pulls you in.” Point of Direction was chosen by the American Booksellers Association as a top ten debut for Spring 2014, by IndieBound as an Indie Next List Pick, and by Yoga Journal as one of their top five suggested summer reads. Point of Direction is forthcoming in Germany.
Prior to earning her master of fine arts in writing and poetics from Naropa University, Weaver worked as a biologist for the Forest Service in Alaska studying bears, raptors and songbirds. She has taught fiction at the University of Denver, at Boulder Writing Studio and is currently on faculty at Lighthouse Writers Workshop in Denver.
Weaver’s writing career began in the isolation of remote Alaska, which has shaped her teaching philosophy. She believes that there are times when isolation is necessary, but also that a strong writing community, as well as mentors who are available to help guide and problem-solve, are essential to a productive writing life. She is interested in working with novelists at any stage of the writing process. Weaver believes that the individual magic of a manuscript is released when the craft of writing is broken down into its essential elements, so that the writer can truly grasp and use them in the way that best fits his or her project.