When I was a child, my 8th grade English teacher — lovingly named Mr. Devine — had a wonderful and magical way of teaching his students about the power of words. He was the type of teacher you’d see in the movies — he made up songs to help us remember the parts of speech and what their jobs were, and he made us eager to be involved and present for the lessons. During quizzes and tests, we’d all be tapping our pencils, singing his songs to ourselves, to answer the posed questions. When he asked for volunteers to come up to the board to diagram a sentence, arms would be flapping in the air, each of us trying to raise ours higher than our neighbor’s in hope of being selected. I looked forward to his class every day. He was engaging, energetic, eager, and excited. Whoa, he’d be proud of my alliteration right there.
He made me hungry, at that young age, for more knowledge about the power of the written message, the order of words, and the pictures that could be painted with adjectives. Thanks to Mr. Devine, I went on to college to study Journalism and Writing. While working as the Managing Editor of a magazine for just under 10 years, I so enjoyed working with novice and experienced writers alike to help them overcome fears, blocks, and time constraints so they could move toward their goals of making writing more a part of their world.
Today, as a life coach and writing coach, I’m thrilled to be able to continue to do so. And now, it’s your turn!
Have you always dreamed of writing a book? Are you interested in blogging in an effort to share your message? Do you get stuck because you feel like you have nothing to say?
Can anyone really be a writer? The answer is YES! Whether you’re looking to do a blog, write articles for various magazines and other publications, or write a book and have it published, a big part of the process is knowing where and how to start.
I’d love for you to join me for a two-hour, interactive, discussion on Putting Yourself Out There — in Writing, being held on Thursday, March 4, 2010 from 7 PM-9PM ET, at Circles of Wisdom in Andover, MA. During this interactive workshop, we’ll be talking about common writing blocks, identifying underlying beliefs that are stopping you in your tracks, as well as the practical how-to knowledge of getting started, pitching your idea, and pursuing publication.
For only $35 per person, participants will leave with new-found confidence in their ability to share their writing, knowledge on how to do just that, an action plan to get, or keep, things rolling, as well as great resources related to publishing. Oh, and you’ll get a copy of the Parts of Speech jingle, too!
Class size is limited to 40 people, so be sure to register as soon as possible. To do so, visit Circles of Wisdom or call the store at (978) 474-8010. I look forward to seeing you there!