Prolific Writer Tells Why Artistic Expression is Essential – Part 1

Artists have a special form of self-expression that transcends spoken words. Whether it’s a pleasant or tragic experience, artists can transform it into their own handiwork that may be outright beautiful or quaint. They can recreate seemingly ordinary things into something worth a second look.

Xlibris Book A Bouquet of Fairy Tales
One of Nancy Woodbridge’s artistic expression through Xlibris: A Bouquet of Fairy Tales

For Author Nancy Garfield Woodbridge, writing is an impulse that prompts an action. This impulse brought her to self-publish multiple books through Xlibris. This impulse also found its way here on the Xlibris Blog where she now imparts her experience and insights as a self-published author. She tells us why artistic expression in all its varied forms nourishes the human soul.

Artistic upbringing

Thank you for your blog invitation. This is the first blog I’ve ever written. The modern media revolution has been a strange and distant echo to me. When I became a Goodreads author, they suggested I might want to write an author blog; so far I have not done it.

Years ago, before my father passed away, he was invited by a national association for senior citizens to speak at their national convention to be held where he lived in San Francisco. His answer to them was “no.” They wanted him to talk about how his painting and poetry writing filled his life in his late eighties. His answer to them was: “I just paint and write, but I don’t talk about it.” He wrote hundreds of amazing poems in his eighties and painted many, many pictures. It was his art that sustained him. My father was a humble man with a great, and gentle, soul.

Growing up as the child of this artistic man, I loved to go sketching with him. I always wrote poetry and even wrote my first novel at eight years old.


In the year 2012 I had been writing for years and had accumulated many manuscripts. Mostly, I wrote for children, having published children’s books in 1968 and 1970. They were The Tuesday Elephant, illustrated by Tom Feelings and published by T. Y. Crowell & Sons and The Dancing Monkey, illustrated by Rocco Negri and published by G. P. Putnam & Sons. The books were well received and sold to schools and libraries across the United States. Tom Feelings went on to win the Newbery Award for his next book with Julius Lester, To Be A Slave. He published many successful picture books and so did Rocco Negri.

Literary journey

At this time, my publisher recommended me for a scholarship to the Bread Loaf Writers Conference. I could not leave my children for several weeks and so I had to decline the offer. It would have been a remarkable experience, but it was not to be.

After these picture books were published, I got a full-time job directing the Girl Scout Handbooks called Worlds to Explore and then the Girl Scouts career education program called From Dreams to Reality funded by the U.S. Department of Education.

Since I really enjoyed working on programs for youth, I enjoyed my long career at Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. where I interacted with their membership coast to coast.

On the sequel of her Xlibris Blog, Author Nancy Garfield Woodbridge reveals why she chose to self-publish through Xlibris in order to give vent to her artistic expression.

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