We all have stories our hearts insist must be told. Whether written or spoken, they are the adhesive that binds us to history. Our stories give us a means of creating a legacy for mankind, for all of us here now and all of us yet to come.
People often ask me, “When did you start writing?” They’re really asking when my stories were first published, which was in 2001. But I’ve been writing stories, letters, poetry and vignettes since men left footprints on the moon in 1969. It all began when Mrs. Hendricks guided my hand through the alphabet. The love continued when my third grade teacher, Mrs. Mulhearn, taught me the beauty and gentle motion of cursive. And at the insistence of my eleventh grade teacher, Mrs. McIntyre, I submitted my first story, written in cursive, to a contest in Guideposts Magazine.
My teachers taught me well. It is now my time to follow in their footsteps, and teach what I’ve learned. Writing is a craft. Shakespeare knew it then, and J.K. Rowling knows it now. Just as they did, you have the ability to learn this craft, this art form. I want to help you learn the craft of writing, its power of liberation, and the joy that comes with it.
Your story has the power to inspire others to notice their own small moments, those nuggets of wonder and humor that need to be appreciated for the gifts they are.
At this moment in time, there is a collective conscience insisting, as Mrs. McIntyre did, to tell our stories, to say to your sisters and brothers, colleagues, friends and strangers, “I’m writing a story.” And to hear the reply, “Me too.”
Don’t keep your stories hidden. Come with me on this journey. Learn how to take those “small moments” and transform them into clear, compelling and well-written stories readers will long remember—and will want to read again and again. Now is the time to set your stories free. It is our time to share. Stories will save us.
“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” – Roald Dahl, author of THE MAGIC FINGER
Although your work might not be published yet, you already are an author. I know that if you’ve read this far, you’re well on your way to WRITING FROM THE HEART.
Writing is simply communicating with words, and you are the author of the stories only you can tell. No one else writes the way you do. No one else tells the stories you do. In a nutshell, writing is instructing your hands to carry out that which your mind and heart insist you do.
As a participant in a workshop, your goal is to improve your writing and natural storytelling abilities—and likely, you want to produce a piece of work so well-written, so finely crafted and so original, an editor or agent will be intrigued, and—fingers crossed!—buy it. Teaching you methods of accomplishing your literary goals is the foundation of WRITING FROM THE HEART.
Intensive creative workshops for adults are often far from home. You’re responsible for travel expenses and childcare arrangements, which can double the cost of attending the workshop. WRITING FROM THE HEART is a mobile workshop that comes to you. By wheels or by wings, I’ll show up on your doorstep or other venue, ready to work. Think Mary Poppins meets Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. You provide my lodging and meals, a place to gather for presentations and critiques, and an indoor-outdoor space for writing. I’ll do the rest!
This is an intimate 3-day intensive writing workshop for adults. Modeled after popular workshops, it includes three full days of presentations, individual and small-group critiques, exercises, writing time, and a crash course about what you need to know to break into the children’s book publishing industry.
Limited to 8 students. Rates vary by location.