Audrey Camp

writer. lover. climber.

Inspiration

Why

About Audrey

What

I specialize in personal essays, travel writing, technical writing, book reviews, and other works of creative non-fiction.

You'll find me with pen in hand in cafés, parks, museums, and on trains. I'll write anywhere! However, my current studio is the second bedroom of my attic flat in Oslo.

Where

To kindle a kinship with my readers, to answer their questions (all of which are also my own). Writing helps me to organize my thoughts and to make sense of things.

Why

Writers spring from a common soil, enriched by all the beautiful, precise, and rousing writing that has come before and that continues to grow around them.

Who
Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park

When Jonathan and I go camping, we like to be as far from the next campsite as possible. It has to do with staking out our own piece of sky in which to stargaze. The mountain night closes like a clamshell around us, finally sealing off the silhouette of horizon with nothing but a blue that is almost black. Our lone flame burns in the wilderness, and I feel self-sufficient, brave, and very much alive. But I must admit that I am overcome with comfort when I do, occasionally, see the bright, vivid speck of another campfire through the trees.

The comfort of that alien campfire is why I write, and why I write non-fiction in particular. Our civilization of almost 7 billion people covers the planet, and yet we fear our own individual insignificance. Each of us worries at one time or another that we are alone in our thoughts. It's never true. Writing has helped me to understand that more than anything else. No matter what I put down on paper (or on the screen) someone else exists who will read it and say, "Wow. Me, too."

This is why I write, to kindle a kinship with my readers, to answer their questions, all of which are also my own. I am rarely the first to attempt to answer, but writing helps me to organize my thoughts and to make sense of things.

My life has its mundane moments. Some days are bogged down in laundry or dishes. Some days are spent sitting or, worse yet, lying down. But those are the placeholders between the better parts of life, the things I strive for: trips to exotic places, climbs up dramatic rock features, conversations with interesting people, and personal victories that remind me how much I can accomplish. All of that inspires and informs my writing, and I record it so that it might inspire and inform someone else, too.

It all comes back around to community, the similar bones and blood that prop us up and keep us pumping. I want my writing to be like the echo of voices in a canyon as you're rafting down a river; nobody in sight, but proof of life in the excitement of strangers, the splash as they cannonball into the calm waters around the bend.

Audrey Camp is a freelance writer and American expat living in Oslo, Norway. She received her BA in English from UC Davis, her MFA in Creative Writing from Lesley University, and her MA in English and American Literature at the University of Oslo. Her work has appeared in a variety of magazines, literary journals, and anthologies, and she received the Irrgr√łnn Flash Fiction Award at the Irish Literature Festival in Oslo in 2014. She is the co-author of Startup Guide Oslo (October 2016) and Startup Guide Vienna (March 2017), each a comprehensive overview of the entrepreneurial scene in a fast-growing European capital. Audrey has blogged about writing, climbing, travel, faith and motherhood for more than ten years at The Girl Behind the Red Door, and she has also written about expat life in a monthly column for The Foreigner. In 2017, Audrey was elected Chair of Democrats Abroad Norway.

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