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BOOKS BY MY FRIENDS: Blood & Dirt by COREY NILES

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Blood & Dirt by Corey Niles

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Welcome to Books By My Friends, Corey! Let’s dive into your debut novel BLOOD & DIRT! 

JH: What’s the blurb for your book?

CN: Vincent depended on his boyfriend, James, to stand up for him—until a violent hate crime results in James’s murder. Weeks after his funeral, James reappears, perfectly healthy but changed in ways that neither of them can quite understand. Now, Vincent must uncover what truly happened on the night they were attacked. In the face of an apathetic police force and a growing number of missing gay men, Vincent and James work to identify the criminals who attacked them. With James scarred from what happened to him in the weeks between his death and rediscovery, Vincent must learn to stand up for himself and face his real monsters or lose James—and himself.

JH: What inspired you to write BLOOD & DIRT?

CN: The novel was heavily inspired by living in Pittsburgh in the wake of the 2016 election. Around that time, several queer people went missing in the area, and my boyfriend and I were threatened by some man who was enraged at our apparent queerness when we were out with friends. That incident with the political atmosphere in the city was the foundation that the book was built upon. I was able to develop Blood & Dirt in Seton Hill University’s Writing Popular Fiction (M.F.A.) Program. While drafting, I studied the genre of popular fiction, particularly horror, from early myths and legends to modern novels. All of this helped shape the novel into what it is today.

JH: What one thing do you love most about writing?

CN: I think the escapism of writing has always been a major draw for me and something that makes it the favorite part of my morning routine. Setting aside all of my personal worries and concerns for an hour or so with a cup of coffee and getting lost in a project helps center me and better understand myself and this often hectic world.

JH: What’s next for you in the way of writing/publishing?

CN: I have a few pots on the stove. I finished a horror poetry collection that is rooted in the psychological and historical research of cults that I’ve been shopping around for a publisher. The past year, I worked on a post-apocalyptic novella that is entering the final stages of editing. I’ve also started outlining my next novel, which is shaping up to be more of a thriller.

JH: How can readers contact you?

CN:

https://coreyniles.com/

Corey Niles

BIO:

Corey Niles was born and raised in the Rust Belt, where he garnered his love of horror. When he isn’t advising college students, he enjoys binge-watching horror movies and traveling to hoard American history in his cheeks like a chipmunk. He hasn’t met a creepy, isolated hiking trail he hasn’t liked. After studying creative writing and gender and women’s studies as an undergraduate student, he went on to graduate from Seton Hill University with an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction. In his spare time, he nurses his caffeine addiction and tends to his graveyard of houseplants. He is also a single father of a very fluffy cat named Alexander, who quickly forgot about his humble beginnings.

JH: Thanks for visiting BBMF, Corey. BLOOD & DIRT sounds like an incredible read! I love fiction that is rooted in current events. I wish you the best with your works-in-progress, and I hope you’ll visit BBMF when that next book is ready.

All good things,

Joy

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BOOKS BY MY FRIENDS: The Spiricom by ROSLYN REID

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The Spiricom by Roslyn Reid

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Welcome to Books By My Friends, Roslyn! Let’s chat about your book THE SPIRICOM! 

JH: What’s the blurb for your book?

RR: Does he really hear his dead wife’s voice coming over that device…or is he losing his mind?

JH: What inspired you to write THE SPIRICOM?

RR: I started it many years ago as a romance, but it just didn’t come together. When I began the Early Mysteries series, I figured I might as well try it as a mystery. That worked much better.

JH: What one thing do you love most about writing?

RR: The way the characters always seem to have a mind of their own.

JH: What’s next for you in the way of writing/publishing?

RR: I’m working on the 3rd installment in the Early Mysteries series, as well as 2 or 3 other unrelated books.

JH: How can readers contact you?

RR:

https://roslynreid.allauthor.com/

Roslyn Reid

BIO:

Roslyn Reid lives with her Great Pyrenees and husband in Downeast Maine, where she gardens, lifts weights, and hikes. A former model, she contributed to Llewellyn’s annual almanacs for several decades and has written for a few of the local newspapers. She is a member of the Author’s Guild, has a blog on Goodreads, a LinkedIn account, and several boards on Pinterest. You can follow her on Bookbub.

JH: Thanks for visiting Books By My Friends, Roslyn. I hope you’ll come back to update us on your other works-in-progress.

All good things,

Joy

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BOOKS BY MY FRIENDS: Forget Me by LISA SHERMAN

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Forget Me by Lisa Sherman

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Welcome, Lisa, to Books By My Friends. Thanks for stopping by to share the details about your new release Forget Me.

JH: What’s the blurb for your book?

LS: How can you know who you really are if you can’t remember your past? Wanda Dellas is living someone else’s life: that’s the sense she’s had since a mysterious accident robbed her of her long-term memory. Lost and barely scraping by, Wanda cleans offices at night in order to support her young daughter. Then Wanda sees a news report about a presumed dead businesswoman, Claire Stanbrick. Bad enough that Claire bears an uncanny resemblance to Wanda. But it turns out Claire went missing around the same time as Wanda’s accident, too. Plus, she can’t shake the sense that Claire’s husband Jack, who’s serving time in prison for Claire’s murder, is innocent. And she’s beginning to develop feelings for him. But which feelings are real and which are just figments of her fractured memory? Answers to the past often come at a price. As Wanda learns more about Claire, she realizes Claire didn’t have the picture-perfect life Wanda imagined . . . a fact someone following her is determined to keep a secret. And the more Wanda discovers, the more she faces new dangers that threaten her life . . . or is it Claire’s?

JH: What inspired you to write Forget Me?

LS: I have always been fascinated with the connection between memory and identity. I feel that so much of who we are as individuals is based on our memories: the experiences we’ve had and how we responded to those experiences. So, I wanted to write a book that explored this issue through the lens of a character who is suffering from amnesia and struggling with this very issue. In FORGET ME, the main character is desperate to find answers to her past so she can determine who she really is. But the closer she gets to the truth, the closer danger gets to her, leaving her to question whether the past is best left forgotten.

JH: What one thing do you love most about writing?

LS: There are so many things I love about writing, but one of the things I love the most is the joy that comes from the creative process. Thinking through story ideas and then making the characters come to life on the page will always be one of my favorite parts of being a writer.

JH: What’s next for you in the way of writing/publishing?

LS: I am currently working on the sequel to FORGET ME, which will be book two of the Forget Me Not series.

JH: How can readers contact you?

LS:

https://lisashermanauthor.com

 

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Lisa Sherman

BIO:

Lisa has always had a passion for stories and the fictional worlds created by her favorite authors. Her love of words led her to pursue a BA in English Literature as an undergraduate. Her interest in jurisprudence led her to law school, where she attained her Juris Doctor degree. Later, Lisa rounded out her love of writing by obtaining an MFA. Lisa has always been fascinated with the “why” behind people’s actions. As a writer of psychological thrillers and women’s fiction, she hopes readers will enjoy getting a sneak peek into what makes her characters act the way they do, especially when faced with challenging or extraordinary situations.

JH: Thanks, Lisa. I’ve read parts of Forget Me and really enjoyed it. Anyone who likes psychological suspense should take a look at this book! Please come back and update us when book two is released!

All good things,

Joy

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I’ve got a new online course ready to go!

“Create a Discussion Guide for Your Book”

I’m excited to share this practice with authors, editors, publishers, educators, librarians, book clubs, readers, students, and anyone who wants to encourage deeper engagement with a book. In this self-paced course, you will

*Learn the value of book discussion guides to many different consumers of media

*Understand research practices that support your knowledge and abilities to create discussion guides

*Receive tools and a step-by-step plan

*Have the option to share your guides with me/other students.

What’s inside the course?

You will learn all of this in the following SECTIONS:

1. What is a book discussion guide?

2. Typical contents of a book discussion guide.

3. Discussion categories and how to create questions from your book.

4. How and why a book discussion guide will help you and your readers.

5. Downloads of worksheets, student progress journals, infographics, checklists, a resource list, a sample fiction book discussion guide, and a basic book discussion guide template.

Learn the formula once and repeat it for every book you write.

You may or may not have a finished or published book at this point. It doesn’t matter because this formula for construction can be put into action at any stage of a book’s life. It can boost interest in a new book and lengthen the shelf life of an older title because of the way a good book discussion guide adds dimension and interest to a publication. Once you have the process in hand, anyone can go from “how do I extend the life and interest in this book?” to increasing sales and expanding engagement almost indefinitely. What do I mean by “expanding engagement?”

Expanding engagement with a book amounts to ways to keep a book “top of mind” for a reader. There is social media, of course, but a good book discussion guide has the potential to do so much more than posts or even paid online advertising. It works the same for any genre and any writing style because once a reader finishes the last page of your book, you want them to keep thinking about the content, wondering about you, the author, and having ways to delve deeper into the book’s meaning, purpose, construction, and more.

Step-by-step plan.

This course provides a step-by-step action plan about the why, how, when, and what of developing a knockout discussion guide to accompany your books. Even poetry! Every published work has a history, a construction period, and more that readers are eager to learn about. There are multiple printable worksheets, checklists, text lessons, videos, and progress journals throughout the course that will give you the tools to design, create, analyze, and share a discussion guide based on your book. Once you have the formula, it is repeatable for every book you publish.

Follow this link to register. The course is available all the time.

https://joyeheldwriterwellnessworkshop.thinkific.com/courses/create-a-discussion-guide-for-your-books

All good things,

Joy

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BOOKS BY MY FRIENDS: Dissection by CRISTINA LEPORT

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Dissection by Cristina LePort

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Welcome to BOOKS BY MY FRIENDS, CRISTINA. Let’s chat about your brand new release DISSECTION! 

JH: What’s the blurb for your book?

CL: In Dissection, surgeon Steven Leeds and his former lover, Dr. Silvana Moretti, are beleaguered by an onslaught of heart attack and stroke victims.

What’s more disturbing is the catastrophic events are being caused by a rare arterial injury—a dissection—and they’re being preceded by cards announcing their arrival: “Your heart attack will arrive within one hour!” Private detective Kirk Miner and FBI agent Jack Mulville investigate, but they suspect Silvana, who harbors a grudge against the victims. The FBI thinks it has solved the case, but the apocalyptic bioterrorism plot designed to topple the U.S. government has just begun.

JH: What inspired you to write DISSECTION?

CL: A TV commercial about a cardiac medication. It started by wishing that we could get a warning in the mail about a forthcoming heart attack, so we could take the medication to prevent it.

JH: What one thing do you love most about writing?

CL: Entering my world, where anything is possible.

JH: What’s next for you in the way of writing/publishing?

CL: I have a prequel, which is the story of how Kirk Miner acquired his strange medical knowledge: IDENTITY CRISIS. I also have 2 other books which follow, both with the same PI Kirk Miner.

JH: How can readers contact you?

CL:

www.cristinaleport.com

 

Cristina LePort

BIO:

Dr. Cristina LePort was born in Bologna, Italy, where she attended medical school before emigrating to the USA to complete her Internal Medicine residency at Long Island College Hospital in Brooklyn and her Cardiology fellowship at West Los Angeles VA/UCLA. She has been practicing medicine for more than 30 years as Dr. Cristina Rizza. She currently resides in Orange County, California, with her husband, Peter LePort. They have three grown children and three grandchildren.

JH: Thanks for visiting BOOKS BY MY FRIENDS, Cristina. DISSECTION sounds amazing-an edge-of-the-seat read. Your inspiration for the book is intriguing! Good luck with your new book, and please come back to update us on the prequel.

All good things,

Joy

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Writer Wellness: A Writer’s Path to Health and Creativity
Joy E. Held

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Writer Wellness and Five Things for Your Writing

The Beginning of Writer Wellness

The idea for my book Writer Wellness: A Writer’s Path to Health and Creativity (Headline Books, Inc., 2020) and workshop came to me when some of my critique partners asked how they could be my clones. They wanted to shadow me for a week to see what I did that led to my prolific publishing (over 500 articles and counting,) life as a homeschooling mom, and part-time hatha yoga teacher. Up to that point, I hadn’t done any self-examination of my processes, but when they asked, I stepped back and watched myself for a month while documenting my doings and beings in a journal. This article is a peek into what I learned.

First, please take out a pen and paper (or your phone or computer) and list five things you’ve done in the last thirty days to promote/support your own writing.

Now list five challenges or obstacles that you believe are standing in the way of accomplishing your writing goals.

Next, list five writing wishes or desires you want to come true.

Following the Writer Wellness plan will help you to always have five things on those lists.  It will also allow you to maintain a level of health and creativity that some writers are missing.

Are you happy with your writing in general?

Are you happy with your health?

Do you ever notice a direct relationship between the quality of your writing and the quality of your life?

A physically, mentally, and emotionally healthy individual is by far a more productive, creative, and pleasant person.  This is evidenced by the fact that many corporations have implemented programs to keep employees happy and healthy.  Programs range from daycare centers in the workplace to personal trainers for every ten employees.  A healthy, happy employee is more productive and misses less work, which is good for the bottom line.

As a writer, you are the employer and the employee.  Happiness, productivity, and health have a definite impact on the caliber of writing you produce.  It is in your best interest to do everything you can to stay healthy to support being the best writer you can be.

The premise of Writer Wellness is that creativity and productivity are crucially dependent upon an overall quality of life.  This includes physical, mental, emotional, communal, and spiritual aspects.

The five key concepts of Writer Wellness are:

  1. JOURNALING
  2. EXERCISE
  3. MEDITATION
  4. PROPER NUTRITION
  5. CREATIVE PLAY

How did I decide these aspects were important? As I noted earlier, I took the time to observe my habits and journal about them. I discovered that I did almost all five things daily.

Where did they come from? I was raised in my mother’s dancing school.  Before she retired after 52 years, she created all the choreography, kept the books, wrote the grants, typed the publicity announcements, directed rehearsals, and taught five ballet classes a week. Thanks to her example, the principles of physical fitness and eating right were pounded into me from an early age.

When I was fourteen, I began the Writer Wellness lifestyle, even though I hadn’t labeled it that yet. I got a “job” at the local newspaper writing a weekly column about my junior high school.  I saw my name in print.  I was hooked. From then on, I was a dancer and a writer.

I discovered yoga, meditation, and modern dance in college, and everything fell into place for me.  Thirty years later, I journal almost daily (unless I’m working intensely on a writing project,) exercise five to six times a week, follow an eating plan and take supplements, meditate, and engage in creative noodling with art journaling, crafting, gardening, and scrapbooking. Now I teach other writers the five key concepts and encourage them to tweak the ideas until they find what works for them.

Review the lists of five things you made at the beginning of this article.  If you had trouble coming up with five items, step back for a moment and assess why that may be. If you haven’t taken five actions to support your writing, is writing really that important to you? If you journal some, exercise regularly, relax or meditate a few minutes daily, eat right, and have some fun occasionally, the five key concepts of Writer Wellness easily represent five things to support your writing. The concepts work together to support your desires and keep you healthy enough to overcome the obstacles when they pop up. Five writing wishes are more easily achieved when you practice writer wellness because your perspective improves, and you gain a broader view of life.

The five things I’ve done for my writing in the last 30 days:

  1. Journaled almost every day
  2. Wrote a guest blog for another author
  3. Attended a webinar on copyright law
  4. Posted several new blogs on my website
  5. Wrote and sent a newsletter to my subscribers

Five challenges to my writing are:

  1. COVID-19 has negatively impacted my ability to do book signings
  2. There haven’t been many writing conferences to attend in-person
  3. Money isn’t coming in for workshops or editing like it used to
  4. Publishers are having supply chain problems (paper, binding, shipping)
  5. Agents are more difficult to acquire

My five writing wishes right now are:

  1. Sell the current manuscript circulating in the query pool
  2. Finish the research for the book I’m writing now
  3. For COVID-19 to be less of a deterrent to going out in public
  4. Get a few more clients for editing and book coaching
  5. Take a marketing course designed for authors

What’s on your lists?

Be well, write well.

All good things,

Joy

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THE JOURNALS OF PUBLISHED AUTHORS FREE ONLINE COURSE Sept. 18-24

In 1951, Pulitzer prize-winning novelist John Steinbeck “warmed-up his writing arm” with a letter to his editor each day before working on the novel East of Eden. Those letters were later published in a book titled Journal of a Novel: The East of Eden Letters. Crime novelist Sue Grafton (“A” is for Alibi) kept a journal for every book she wrote that included ideas, positive self-talk, and more to help her stay on track. Author Anne Lamott has written two memoirs that are formatted like journals, and Virginia Woolf’s diaries examined what it was like to be a female author in the world of writing and publishing during the 1930s and 40s. It’s refreshing and renewing to read the journals of published authors and recognize some of our own struggles in the pages of those who forged successful careers before us. We’ll look at the journals of the authors mentioned and explore what we can learn from them and how we can emulate some of their personal writing habits to support our own lives and work. Each lesson will include examples of journal entries narrative lesson on a particular aspect of journaling for writers an activity for you to try discussion questions for deep learning.

Tentative schedule LEARNING FROM THE MASTERS: THE JOURNALS OF PUBLISHED AUTHORS

Welcome, Schedule, and Student Introductions    

Lesson 1-Learning from the Masters: John Steinbeck’s Journals

Lesson 2-Learning from the Masters: Sue Grafton

Lesson 3-Learning from the Masters: Virginia Woolf

Lesson 4-Learning from the Masters: Anne Lamott

Lesson 5-Found Journals

Wrap-up: The Answer to a Supposedly Empty Mind tools for inspiration beyond the blank page and a pen.

This is a FREE seven-day/one-week, self-paced online workshop taught in a private Groups.io forum.

Register here:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1e9bclT86pCZRjo-lsr487AFQtEmcMrngozSGxTX3vsQ/edit

Reach out if you have any questions!

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Joy

 

 

 

 

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BOOKS BY MY FRIENDS: Tune in Tomorrow by RANDEE DAWN

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Tune in Tomorrow by Randee Dawn

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Welcome to Books By My Friends, Randee! So glad you’re here to tell us about your new release TUNE IN TOMORROW.

JH: What’s the blurb for your book?

RD: Starr Weatherby is just a small town girl — with mythic-sized dreams. She came to New York to become, well, a star. Or at least get an acting job. But with nearly ten years of struggle under her belt and no real luck, she’s offered a big role — on a show no one’s ever heard of. And there’s a reason for that: It’s a “reality” TV series made by mythical creatures, for mythical creatures — but starring humans. After passing muster with a security dragon; a well-dressed, enthusiastic executive producer faun; a cranky pombero director and a curious werepanther (who is the entire writers room) Starr shifts from astounded newcomer to rising fan favorite. But there’s a dark underbelly to the show called “Tune in Tomorrow”: It’s crumbling from within due to plummeting viewership, there’s a veteran diva who holds its future in her grip — and just what did happen to Starr’s predecessor, who vanished under mysterious circumstances no one will talk about? Quickly, Starr goes from fighting for her job to fighting for her life. But she’ll do whatever it takes to keep that dream job — though she might just bring down the show in the process.

JH: What inspired you to write TUNE IN TOMORROW?

RD: Inspiration comes from a lot of corners; in this case, I ended up weaving several things I knew a lot about alongside a question from my agent, who was as frustrated as I was that the first two novels she shopped for me hadn’t found homes. She said: “How about you try something different?” Not that she didn’t think the other books were worthy, but maybe I should aim in a different direction. The other threads include my many years working behind the scenes as an entertainment journalist (so many great personalities, so many totally off-the-wall celebrities!), an attempt to write funny (something new to me) and the experience I had in college, working on a local public access news show. On that show, the pros were on camera but we amateur students ran cameras, directed and the crew jobs. I wondered what a reality TV show starring humans — but run by and for mythical creatures — might feel like. And it turned out the answer was … wacky as heck!

JH: What one thing do you love most about writing?

RD: Getting totally immersed in the story. When I’m in the zone, my characters and the narrative take me places and do things I either barely considered or didn’t consider at all. It’s a bit like a method actor, who knows her part so well she can anticipate how the character ought to behave in any situation. In a book, I have several “method” characters running around in my head and it’s up to me to corral them and get them to tell the story, but when they’re in charge it’s incredibly immersive and exciting.

JH: What’s next for you in the way of writing/publishing?

RD: I have a regular job as an entertainment journalist, so I’m publishing articles on a more or less daily basis for places like the LA Times and Today.com. Fiction-wise, I’m bouncing between a fresh revision on a novel about superheroes and their romantic sidekicks (a book I wrote a first draft of during the lockdown) and a sequel that will take place in the universe of “Tune In Tomorrow.”

JH: How can readers contact you?

RD: https://randeedawn.com/contact/

Randee Dawn

BIO:

Randee Dawn is a Brooklyn-based entertainment journalist who scribbles about the glam world of entertainment by day, then spends her nights crafting wild worlds of fiction. Her debut novel, Tune in Tomorrow, about a fantastical TV reality show, will publish on August 16 (Solaris). She writes about the wacky world of show business for Variety, The Los Angeles Times, Emmy Magazine and Today.com and is the co-author of The Law & Order: Unofficial Companion. Find out more at RandeeDawn.com

JH: Thanks for dropping by today, Randee. Please come back soon!

All good things,

Joy

Note from RD: It’s pretty G to PG. A few curse words (mostly in non-English languages) and a pre-and post-coital scene.

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LEARNING FROM THE MASTERS: THE JOURNALS OF PUBLISHED AUTHORS FREE ONLINE WORKSHOP

In 1951, Pulitzer prize-winning novelist John Steinbeck “warmed-up his writing arm” with a letter to his editor each day before working on the novel East of Eden. Those letters were later published in a book titled Journal of a Novel: The East of Eden Letters. Crime novelist Sue Grafton (“A” is for Alibi) kept a journal for every book she wrote that included ideas, positive self-talk, and more to help her stay on track. Author Anne Lamott has written two memoirs that are formatted like journals, and Virginia Woolf’s diaries examined what it was like to be a female author in the world of writing and publishing during the 1930s and 40s. It’s refreshing and renewing to read the journals of published authors and recognize some of our own struggles in the pages of those who forged successful careers before us. We’ll look at the journals of the authors mentioned and explore what we can learn from them and how we can emulate some of their personal writing habits to support our own lives and work. Each lesson will include examples of journal entries narrative lesson on a particular aspect of journaling for writers an activity for you to try discussion questions for deep learning.

Tentative schedule LEARNING FROM THE MASTERS: THE JOURNALS OF PUBLISHED AUTHORS

Welcome, Schedule, and Student Introductions    

Lesson 1-Learning from the Masters: John Steinbeck’s Journals

Lesson 2-Learning from the Masters: Sue Grafton

Lesson 3-Learning from the Masters: Virginia Woolf

Lesson 4-Learning from the Masters: Anne Lamott

Lesson 5-Found Journals

Wrap-up: The Answer to a Supposedly Empty Mind tools for inspiration beyond the blank page and a pen.

This is a FREE seven-day/one-week, self-paced online workshop taught in a private Groups.io forum.

Register here:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1e9bclT86pCZRjo-lsr487AFQtEmcMrngozSGxTX3vsQ/edit

Reach out if you have any questions!

All good things,

Joy

 

 

 

 

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FREE ONLINE JOURNALING WORKSHOP SEPT. 18-24

In 1951, Pulitzer prize-winning novelist John Steinbeck “warmed-up his writing arm” with a letter to his editor each day before working on the novel East of Eden. Those letters were later published in a book titled Journal of a Novel: The East of Eden Letters. Crime novelist Sue Grafton (“A” is for Alibi) kept a journal for every book she wrote that included ideas, positive self-talk, and more to help her stay on track. Author Anne Lamott has written two memoirs that are formatted like journals, and Virginia Woolf’s diaries examined what it was like to be a female author in the world of writing and publishing during the 1930s and 40s. It’s refreshing and renewing to read the journals of published authors and recognize some of our own struggles in the pages of those who forged successful careers before us. We’ll look at the journals of the authors mentioned and explore what we can learn from them and how we can emulate some of their personal writing habits to support our own lives and work. Each lesson will include examples of journal entries narrative lesson on a particular aspect of journaling for writers an activity for you to try discussion questions for deep learning.

Tentative schedule LEARNING FROM THE MASTERS: THE JOURNALS OF PUBLISHED AUTHORS

Welcome, Schedule, and Student Introductions    

Lesson 1-Learning from the Masters: John Steinbeck’s Journals

Lesson 2-Learning from the Masters: Sue Grafton

Lesson 3-Learning from the Masters: Virginia Woolf

Lesson 4-Learning from the Masters: Anne Lamott

Lesson 5-Found Journals

Wrap-up: The Answer to a Supposedly Empty Mind tools for inspiration beyond the blank page and a pen.

This is a FREE seven-day/one-week, self-paced online workshop taught in a private Groups.io forum.

Register here:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1e9bclT86pCZRjo-lsr487AFQtEmcMrngozSGxTX3vsQ/edit

Reach out if you have any questions!

All good things,

Joy

 

 

 

 

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