Bird Song: Finding a New, Natural Voice

with Susan Bryant and Julia Zarankin

For Julia Zarankin, birding ultimately lead her to uncover a new language.

When Julia Zarankin saw her first red-winged blackbird at the age of thirty-five, she didn’t expect that it would change her life. Recently divorced and auditioning hobbies during a stressful career transition, she stumbled on birdwatching, initially out of curiosity for the strange breed of humans who wear multi-pocketed vests, carry spotting scopes and discuss the finer points of optics with disturbing fervour. What she never could have predicted was that she would become one of them. Join Julia Zarankin and Susan Bryant for a conversation on how a new hobby can cast a new perspective in your writing.


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