A workshop to jumpstart your writing

“I’ve never met many of my best friends. I’ve read them, as if all their words were letters meant for me. You have no idea who’s waiting for your work. Don’t leave them friendless.” ~Martha Beck

There was a time — before I used a computer — when my columns and essays were written by hand in my journals, then typed into manuscripts for my editors. Even today, when I’m feeling stuck or blocked, the best way out is through a notebook.

Version 2If you live in the Detroit area, please join me at the Royal Oak Public Library next week for “Write Where You Are,” an evening workshop on how to use journaling prompts to jumpstart your memoirs and personal essays. We’ll focus on self-exploration with simple journaling prompts that will help you recall valuable life lessons and experiences that can be used later as material for your memoirs, blog posts, or personal essays.

When and where: April 24, 2017, 7pm in the Royal Oak Public Library Friends Auditorium. This program is free to the public, but space is limited. Please phone the Royal Oak Public Library (248-246-3700) to reserve your space. Copies of my book, Writing Home, will be sold after the workshop at a special discount.

Redecorating for empty nesters

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Cindy La Ferle

Spring is here, and our thoughts naturally turn to refreshing our homes and gardens — and maybe starting a new decorating project. In the April issue of Michigan Prime, I trace the bittersweet evolution of my grown son’s former bedroom, and how it reflected the changes in our family life over the years. If you’re an empty nester, you’ll relate to this piece. Look for the magazine this weekend in your Sunday Detroit Free Press or turn to page 3 to read my column in the online edition.