“Tell me what you pay attention to and I will tell you who you are” --Jose Ortega Y Gassett


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Leslie Leyland Fields is the multi-award winning author/editor of eleven books, including The Wonder Years: 40 Women Over 40 on Aging, Faith, Beauty and Strength and Crossing the Waters: Following Jesus through the Storms, the Fish, the Doubt and the Seas, which won Christianity Today's 2017 Book Award in Christian Living. (And is also available as a DVD video series here)

Her other books include Surviving the Island of Grace (Thomas Dunne), The Spirit of Food: 34 Writers on Feasting and Fasting Toward God (Cascade Press), and Forgiving Our Fathers and Mothers (Thomas Nelson). The Spirit of Food  won three "Best Book of 2010" Awards. Her books have been translated into eight languages. Her essays have appeared in Christianity TodayBooks and Culture, Belief.net, The Atlantic, Orion, Best Essays  and many others earning her four Evangelical Press Awards, Pushcart nominations, the Virginia Faulkner Award, and a Genesis Award. With three graduate degrees (in English, Journalism and an MFA in Creative Nonfiction) she has taught extensively.  Leslie was a founding faculty member of Seattle Pacific University’s MFA program; she taught literature and creative writing at the University of Alaska for fifteen years. Since 2013 she's been leading The Harvester Island Wilderness Workshop (with guest writers Ann Voskamp, Philip Yancey, Bret Lott, Luci Shaw, Jeanne Murray Walker, Paul Willis, Gina Ochsner.)  On odd-numbered years, Leslie leads The Lake Michigan Writer's Workshop, teaching all levels of writers the craft and art of spiritual memoir. A number of her students and workshoppers have gone on to publish their manuscripts, (which makes her incredibly proud!)

In 2020, Leslie and Michelle Van Loon are beginning national gatherings for The Wonder Years, bringing women together to equip them to make the second half of life the best half.

Leslie travels and speaks on a range of topics at conferences, universities, retreats, and churches throughout the U.S. and the world. (Her speaking schedule is here. )

Finally, what is all this about? Maybe Frederick Beuchner said it best:


. . . all our stories are, in the end, one story, one vast story about being human, being together, being here. Does the story point beyond itself? Does it mean something? What is the truth of this interminable, sprawling story we all of us share? . . . Either life is holy with meaning, or life doesn’t mean a damn thing.  ---Frederick Beuchner


Cedarville University, B.A. English
University of Oregon, M.A. English
University of Oregon, M.A. Journalism
Goddard College, M.F.A. Creative Nonfiction