Rachel Weaver is the author of the novel Point of Direction (Ig Publishing, May 2014), which Oprah Magazine named A Top Ten Title to Pick Up Now. 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 and won the 2015 Willa Cather Award for Fiction. Rachel’s short fiction has appeared in Gettysburg Review, Blue Mesa Review, Alaska Women Speak and Fly Fishing New England. Rachel’s nonfiction has been published in The Sun Magazine and been performed by Stories on Stage and by That’s What She Said. She was a finalist in Tulip Tree Review’s Wild Women Contest and has an essay forthcoming in River Teeth.
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. She started the Colorado Writing School with six students and six years later, with 1400 students, she merged with Lighthouse Writers and now runs it as a satellite location, Lighthouse North.
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.