Park Record Article

Saturday, May 11, 2013

A desperate, early-morning letter spurred Parkite’s new book

Carlquist’s memoir ‘Past the Pain’ addresses loss
Posted 5/10/2013
Pamela Woodbury Carlquist, a former Park City High School English teacher who is a writing and literature instructor at the University of Utah and a volunteer at the Park City Medical Center, experienced one of the most difficult trials of her life.She and her husband of 27 years decided to separate, and the separation ended up in a divorce.”It was a mutual agreement to separate, but I went through an awful lot of heartache when I realized that this was the end of our marriage,” Carlquist said during an interview with The Park Record. “I wasn’t able to sleep, and was going through a great-deal of grief.”One early morning, after a night of sleeplessness, Carlquist went to her study and wrote a letter to God, asking him to help her get through her desperation and bleakness.”Of course, nothing happened, which I expected, but all of a sudden, I found myself writing more and more,” she said.

The things Carlquist put down on paper seemed to be coming from within her, but also “beyond her,” she said.

“The words were so wise and the process was so comforting that she continued to write these letters to God for a little more than a year,” Carlquist said.

That “correspondence” became her new book, “Moving with God Past the Pain of Divorce, Death or Any Parting of Lives Once Joined.”

On May 15, volunteers at the Park City Medical Center will host a book launch event for Carlquist. The date is significant for the writer because it’s the birthday of her mother who passed away when Carlquist was 14.

(continued…  See Carlquist Park Record 2013)
YouTube Interview—”Mountain Morning Show with Pam Carlquist


Find books at:
Dolly’s Bookstore
The King’s English 
And most other Park City and Salt Lake City bookstore
Contact Pam at for personal signed copies of Past the Pain
Teaching & Workshop Presentations

Honing Your Writing Talents

We Are Our Stories: Memoir Writing with Pam Carlquist*

Writing: From Percolating to Publishing*

Wriggling Within: Tapping Into Untold Tales*

From Percolating to Publishing*

*These and other writing classes are available periodically through the Osher Institute of the University of Utah at and the  Park City School District. Check out ‘The Compass’ or visit the Park City School District website for details. 



Moving with God PAST THE PAIN… of divorce, death or any parting of lives once joined

AVAILABLE NOW in paperback at most Park City and Salt Lake City bookstores; and available in eBook wherever eBooks are sold. 








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