Public Memoir Roundtables

A Noisy Guide to Podcasting – Public Roundtable

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Guest: Catharine BramkampCloseup half face portrait of girl

Topic: A Noisy Guide to Podcasting

Date: April 9, 2015 4 PST

Time:  4 PM PST, 5 PM MST, 6 PM CST, 7 PM EST

Do  you have a great idea?  Do want to vary your reach?  Do you love to talk?  Do you really love to talk? If you answered yes,  podcasting is your next big project.

In this seminar you will learn  the basics:  Who, what and how. Who are you talking to?  What are you saying? And most important, how do you get started?  If you are boring your friends because  you can’t stop talking about your favorite subject or your platform, then podcasting is for you, if only to save your marriage and your social circle.

In this webinar you will learn: 

  • Who – Podcasting is all about niche.  Who shares your passion?  Who wants to know what you want to know?   Who is watching the same shows or reading the same books?  For authors,  Who is asking questions about your book or your platform (yeah, let’s all give a collective shudder to that term).
  • What – Your show should be about your passion, what you love and what you can’t stop talking about.  Learn some of the best practices for setting up a consistent show.
  • How – the easiest way to start podcasting is through either Blog spot radio or Google Hangout.  Learn what will work for you.

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Popular author/award winning poet/ podcaster/ champion of Newbie Writers everywhere.

Catharine Bramkamp is the co-producer of Newbie Writers Podcast that focuses on newer writers and their concerns. She is a successful writing coach and author of a dozen books including the Real Estate Diva Mysteries series, The Future Girls series (Eternal Press) and the poetry chapbook Ammonia Sunrise (Finishing Line Press). She holds two degrees in English, and is an adjunct university professor.

A California native, she divides her time between the Wine Country and the Gold Country.

She and her husband have parented two boys past the age of self-destruction and into the age of annoying two word text missives.

Links:

Twitter: @cbramkamp
The Newbie Writers Podcast – iTunes and www.NewbieWriters.com

The Art of Slow Writing

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Date: March 5th, 2015

Time: 4 PM PST / 5  PM MST / 6 PM CST / 7 PM EST

Guest: Louise DeSalvo

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I’m so very pleased and excited to have as our Roundtable guest for March the renowned author and teacher Louise DeSalvo. Over ten years ago, I immersed myself gratefully into her book Writing as a Way of Healing: How Telling Our Stories Transforms Our Lives. There I discovered so many interesting details about how writing had helped to change the lives of writers who were famous, but whose stories about the process of writing weren’t generally known. This book also referenced the then new research by Dr. James Pennebaker about writing as healing, which led to my first book Becoming Whole-Writing Your Healing Story. For years I had worked with writing as a healing art as a therapist, and was excited to hear that the work of healing through writing was being validated in so many ways.

During this Roundtable discussion, Louise DeSalvo will discuss the stages of the writing process and how a writer can best work with—not against—the process. She will describe appropriate behaviors for each stage of the process and she will describe how learning about how “real” writers write can help us begin and complete our work. She will discuss those moments in a writing life—the dreaded middle of the process when nothing seems to be working—that often stop a writer’s work and she’ll discuss how to deal with those difficult moments. Finally, she will discuss some useful tools—the writer’s process journal; the use of a “Next to Do” list; the use of a writing plan—to help writers begin and complete their work.

From our discussion with this amazing teacher and writer:

  • You will learn about the stages of the writing process.
  • You’ll find out what the appropriate behavior will be for each stage of the process.
  • You will discover how knowing about how “real” writers work will facilitate your own
    process.
  • And you will learn a series of techniques to facilitate your work.

In addition to these points we’ll talk about her own process of writing five memoirs, and because I was so inspired by her book on writing as healing, I’d like to talk about that book and that important topic–one that memoir writers encounter regularly.

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Louise DeSalvo is the Jenny Hunter Endowed Scholar for Literature and Creative Writing at Hunter College where she teaches memoir to undergraduates. She has published five memoirs, among them, the award-winning Vertigo and two books about the writing process, Writing as a Way of Healing: How Telling Our Stories Transforms Our Lives and, most recently, The Art of Slow Writing: Reflections on Time, Craft, and Creativity. She has been studying and writing about the writing process of famous writers for forty years and has recently completed Chasing Ghosts: A Memoir of a Father, Gone to War, which took her ten years.

What’s Your Blue Moon Legacy? Honoring the Uniqueness of Your Voice and the Bigger Message in Your Memoir

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Date: February 5th, 2015

Time: 4 PM PST / 5  PM MST / 6 PM CST / 7 PM EST

MoonlightMuse-18Guest: Tina Games

We’ve all heard the saying, “once in a blue moon.” It’s most commonly used to describe the  rarity of an event or to refer to something that is considered unusual or unique. What if YOU lived that “once in a blue moon” story? What if you are that “once in a blue moon” voice? Do you have that “once in a blue moon” legacy that you are eager to share with others?

The stories we live paint a picture of the legacy we’re here to create, and it’s through the  storytelling that a legacy is born.

During this unique roundtable discussion, Tina will share:

  • The meaning of the blue moon in a self-discovery process – and how it’s used to reveal one’s unique voice while honoring one’s bigger message.
  • How our stories help shape our legacy.
  • How the life we live becomes the lesson we teach.
  • How our legacy stories impact the larger ripple effect.
  • Questions you can ask yourself when deciding how to share your own legacy stories.

Join Tina and Linda for a rich discussion about blue moon legacy stories – and how they not only define our own legacy, but help shape a bigger message for others.

Tina M. Games is the author of Journaling by the Moonlight: A Mother’s Path to Self-
Discovery (an interactive book with an accompanying deck of 54 journaling prompt cards). As a certified creativity and life purpose coach, and a gifted intuitive and certified retreat leader, she is the “Moonlight Muse” for women who want to tap into the “full moon within” and claim their authentic self, both personally and professionally. Through her signature coaching programs, based on the phases of the moon, Tina gently guides women from darkness to light as they create an authentic vision filled with purpose, passion, and creative expression. For more information about her work please visit: www.JournalingByTheMoonlight.com where you can receive her 12 best tips for journal writing – and www.TheMoonlightMuse.com where you can pick up her special report, How to Create a New Moon Vision Board.

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Prepping Yourself and Your Book Idea for Success

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January 8, 2014

4 PM PST   5 PM MST   6 PM CST   7 PM EST

nina-amirGuest: Nina Amir

We are so pleased to have Nina Amir return as our guest! Nina has traveled the path of publishing from self-publishing to becoming a renowned author at Writer’s Digest books. She knows her stuff, and in this teleseminar she will guide us through the things you need to know about getting the right focus for your book and plan your trajectory from writer to author so you are successful.

The average book today sells only about 250 copies a year, 3,000 in its lifetime. Improve your odds of becoming a successful author by producing a business plan for your book before you write a word. As you do, you’ll develop an Author Attitude and learn how to evaluate your ideas and yourself through the same lens used by an acquisitions editor. You also develop a career plan to help you reach your destination: successful authorship.

Learn how to determine if your book is not only a great creative idea but also marketable product—a viable business venture—as you go through the Author Training Process. It’s the foundation for creating books that sell—to publishers and to readers! This evaluation tool helps you determine if your book is ready to go to market—to be shopped to agents, publishers or readers—and if you are ready to become an author.

This is NOT a session on how to write a book proposal (but you’ll learn a lot about it). This IS a session about how to use the parts of a book proposal as a process to train yourself to see both the creative and business aspects of writing and publishing a book and creating a business plan for a book. This session is appropriate for fiction writers and for nonfiction writers.

(Based on Nina Amir’s new book, The Author Training Manual, Writer’s Digest Books, Feb. 2014.)

Session takeaways:

  1. Learn how to discover if your book idea is marketable.
  2. Find out how to decide if you are cut out to write and market a successful book—if you are an attractive publishing partner or savvy indie publisher.
  3. Discover what publishers and readers want.
  4. Learn how to produce a successful book.
  5. Take the nine steps in the “proposal process.”
  6. See through an acquisitions editor’s eyes.
  7. Find out why you shouldn’t write your book as soon as you get the idea.
  8. Learn how to be the business partner a publisher seeks.

Nina Amir, the bestselling author of How to Blog a Book and The Author Training Manual, is a speaker, a blogger, and an author, book, and blog-to-book coach. Known as the Inspiration to Creation Coach, she helps creative people combine their passion and purpose so they move from idea to inspired action and positively and meaningfully impact the world as writers, bloggers, authorpreneurs, and blogpreneurs. Some of Nina’s clients have sold 300,000+ copies of their books, landed deals with major publishing houses and created thriving businesses around their books. She is the founder of National Nonfiction Writing Month, aka the Write Nonfiction in November Challenge, and the Nonfiction Writers’ University. As a hybrid author she has published 15 books and had as many as four books on the Amazon Top 100 list at the same time.

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So, What? The Reflective Voice in Memoir & Why It Matters | Public Roundtable

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mb desk croppedDecember 4, 2014

4 PM PST   5 PM MST   6 PM CST   7 PM EST

Guest: Marilyn Bousquin

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Writing a memoir of substance requires more than a one-dimensional recounting of events. As Vivian Gornick puts it, “What happened to the writer is not what matters; what matters is the large sense that the writer is able to make of what happened.” No matter how interesting a story, without a deeper, underlying meaning our readers are left asking, “So, what?” The memoirist’s job is to cull meaning from experience. This is where the reflective voice comes in. The reflective narrator not only speaks the truth but also interprets experience and arrives at insight; indeed, the author’s insight becomes an integral part of the story and imbues it with universal appeal.

In this roundtable discussion we will:

  • Identify the reflective voice and how it distinguishes memoir as a genre
  • Explore the differences between the reflective voice and the narrative voice in memoir and the necessity of both
  • Understand the relationship between the reflective voice and the emotional arc of a memoir and how the reflective voice drives a memoir story
  • Realize the power of reflection to lead to discovery both on the page and off the page and how reflection can help you gain the emotional distance necessary to shape your material
  • Learn reading and writing practices that will help you to cultivate the reflective voice in your own writing

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Bio

Marilyn Bousquin, founder of Writing Women’s Lives™ (www.writingwomenslives.com), specializes in teaching both the craft of writing memoir and the consciousness work that leads to recovering one’s voice and claiming one’s truth both on the page and off the page. A certified Amherst Writers and Artists group writing coach, Marilyn holds an MFA in creative nonfiction. Her work appears in River Teeth: A Journal of Nonfiction Narrative, in Kate Hopper’s Use Your Words: A Writing Guide for Mothers, and is forthcoming in Under the Gum Tree. You can read her book reviews in Literary Mama and River Teeth. Her essay “Against Memory” was named a finalist for AROHO’s Orlando Prize for Creative Nonfiction 2013. In addition to teaching classes and mentoring women writers at Writing Women’s Lives™, Marilyn teaches writing at Randolph College in Lynchburg, Virginia. She is currently at work on a memoir titled Searching for Salt.

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