How To Free The Writer In You
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Life Writing: How To Write The Story of Your Life

How To Free The Writer In You

Everything in your life, from the mundane to the extraordinary, is a story waiting to be told. Many of us want to leave behind a record of our lives that we were here. Yes, our footprint.

In this memorable workshop, you will discover your own unique and powerful story. We will use the memoir form of writing to encourage you to live out loud and to help you comprehend the value of your life. “If you are not afraid of the voices in you, you will not fear the critics outside you,” so says Natalie Goldberg. Writing can let you hear your voice above the critics.

Did you know that there were health benefits to writing? There is recent evidence to support the claim that increased intellectual activity and brain stimulation i.e. recording one’s memories can lower the individual risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s.

Through fun exercises, practical techniques and group discussion, this insightful, fun and practical workshop, will help you uncover the writer hiding in you. You will find your authentic voice, along with a way to express it. You’ll be surprised at how great a writer you can become.

We will also share how to become a published writer. You’ll learn all about the publishing industry from writing a query letter to finding a publisher.

Bring your favorite pen and a writing journal. All levels welcome.

“I don't think everyone wants to create the great American novel, but we all have a dream of telling our stories-of realizing what we think, feel, and see before we die. Writing is a path to meet ourselves and become intimate.” - Natalie Goldberg

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The workshop will be lead by noted book expert, Marva Allen, author of two acclaimed books, Protegee (1993) and Camouflage (2000) the sequel. Her latest novel, If I Should Die Tonight … will be published by Simon and Schuster. Allen has been the “go to” person for books for NPR, NBC and is the on-air weekly book contributor and commentator for Arise TV.

As a partner in the imprint Open Lens, she is the publisher of the acclaimed Makeda from Randall Robinson, The Roving Tree from Haitian author Elsie Agustave, And Then I Danced from Mark Segal, and has expertise on all sides of the publishing industry.

She has been instrumental in guiding the success of many authors’ books, creating one of-a-kind events and as former co-owner of Hue-man bookstore, hosted major events for Toni Morrison, President Bill Clinton, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Maya Angelou, Steve Harvey, Alicia Keys, Jill Scott, Tyler Perry, Janet Jackson, Dwayne Wade and a host of other celebrity authors.

She is a graduate of The University of Michigan.

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