ATTENTION: Writers in the Naperville, Illinois Area
"Life Writing for Pleasure or Profit"
Workshops Offered by Barbara Brabec
(Time sensitive; offer expires on May 15.)
BEGINNING IN MID-MAY, I will present the first of six FREE
"Life Writing for Pleasure or Profit workshops in Naperville. Sponsored by Knox Presbyterian
Church at 1105 Catalpa Lane, they will be held in one of the church's meeting
rooms from 2:30-4:00 and 7:00-8:30 each Wednesday for six weeks beginning May
If you live in my locality and would like to participate in these classes, get
on my mailing list by emailing me with a subject line of
"Interested in your workshops." Include your name, address, and phone number.
You'll receive registration information by email when those details are in place after the 25th of April.
More about the Workshops
THESE WORKSHOPS are open to beginning and advanced writers of all ages who have
an interest in life writing for their own pleasure or formally publishing a book for profit.
Here's a look at topics now scheduled for discussion in each of the workshops:
Workshop #1: On Being "a Writer" and Writing about Your Life
Workshop #2: Assessing Skills and Knowledge; Technological and Legal Issues
Workshop #3: What to Do With Your/Your Family's Personal Writing
Workshop #4: Stretching Your Writer's Imagination and Improving Skills
Workshop #5: Exploring Ways to Publish Your Writing and Make Money Too
Workshop #6: Getting Started on a Book You Want to Write and Publish
These workshops are a direct byproduct of my latest book,
Dreams and Stories: A Mother's Legacy, which is touching hearts and prompting
many readers to think about the life stories only they can tell.
reviews on Amazon.) Several mothers who have read this book say that it has
prompted them to think about writing a family memoir for their children.
Why am I giving my time here without charge? First, because I want to give
something back to my Church, which has given me so much. Second, I miss public
speaking and teaching and now find myself at a stage in life where it's
important to me to give back some of the writing and publishing help I've
received from so many others through the years: new ideas, inspiration,
motivation, personal encouragement, and how-to instructions.
Many folks quip that they could write a book . . . but they don't know how to
get started. Since I started offering professional writing and editing services
in 2005, I've helped several beginning writers publish their first book. Now I'm
going to see what happens when I bring together a group of people who don't
think of themselves as "writers," but who I'm sure have many life-related
stories that ought to be shared with their family.
If you are interested in life writing and live in my area, this series of workshops could be
life-changing for you. (Sorry, they won't be offered outside of Naperville.)
Certainly the writing and independent publication of two
very personal biographical memoirs that are also part-autobiographical in nature
has changed and benefited my life in profound ways.
What my mother did by publishing a private memoir of her life that also
documented the lives of her parents and grandparents was life changing for me
and my two sisters, and I want every mother to realize the importance of writing
about their life for their family. For those who believe their life is too ordinary to have anything interesting to
write about, YOU ARE SO WRONG. And you can prove it to yourself simply by
reading my new memoir. I've learned that we all have stories to tell and people who love us and
want to hear them.
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