About Cindy La Ferle

Covering a wide range of life-affirming topics, from living creatively to aging gracefully, my award-winning features and essays have appeared in many national magazines and anthologies, including Reader's Digest, The Christian Science Monitor, Writer's Digest, Victoria, Better Homes & Gardens, Literary Mama, and more. I've worked as a reference book production editor, travel magazine editor, features writer, and weekly newspaper columnist. Now in its second printing, Writing Home is my award-winning collection of published columns and essays focusing on motherhood and family life. Southeast Michigan readers will find my personal essays in Michigan Prime, delivered on Sundays with The Detroit Free Press.

New art journaling workshop

Is there anything more fun than playing with new art supplies in the fall? I’ve been making big splashes with watercolors while polishing my art journaling techniques for a new workshop I’ll be teaching next month at the Royal Oak Public Library. The class will be held on Tuesday evenings, October 3 and 10, from 7:00 – 8:30pm. Advance registration required. For more details on the workshop and how to register, please click here. 

Where to buy my book

My essay collection, Writing Home, is now available locally at Yellow Door Art Market in Berkley and Paper Trail Books in downtown Royal Oak. For details on how to purchase signed copies of the book directly from me ($20 including shipping), please contact me using the form on this web site. (Used copies are still available from other sellers on Amazon, but I’ve stopped supplying new books to Amazon.)

Written during the years I worked at home while raising my son, the book has been called “a love letter to home and family life.”  It includes 93 pieces that were previously published in national magazines and newspaper columns, and has earned several creative non-fiction awards, including one fom Writer’s Digest and another from Midwest Independent Publishers Association.

 

Intuition is our inner radar

Artwork by Cindy La Ferle

According to scientists, our sixth sense — otherwise known as intuition — improves with age. In the June issue of Michigan Prime, I discuss how this inner radar can help us make better decisions, avoid danger, and improve our relationships. You’ll find the print edition of the supplement in your Sunday Detroit Free Press, or you can read it online (page 3) here.

The annual spring fashion report

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Accessories at the Studio Sandra clothing boutique, Royal Oak. Photo by Cindy La Ferle

Here in Detroit, there’s no shortage of stylish, creative women. In the May issue of Michigan Prime, I return to the topic of discovering and celebrating our individual style — despite the fact that most fashion magazines still overlook women over 50. For this story, I interviewed several local women of style, including Sandra Rome, the owner of Studio Sandra, a tres-chic boutique in Royal Oak. 

Look for the magazine in your Sunday Detroit Free Press this weekend, or click here to read the feature online.

Click here to read an earlier fashion post that includes links to a few of my favorite fashion blogs for women over 50.

 

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 I wrote my columns and essays in my journals, and later typed them into manuscripts for my editors. Even today, when I’m feeling stuck or blocked, I start scribbling random thoughts in 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. The prompts will help you recall valuable life lessons and experiences that can be used 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.