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.

A special writing workshop for women

Among the things that make me happy: helping other women find their voices and hearing their stories. That’s why I’m excited about my upcoming workshop, “Your Story, Your Power,” which is based on the book, Your Story Is Your Power: Free Your Feminine Voice, by Elle Luna and Susie Herrick. The free, one-night workshop will be held at the Royal Oak Public Library on Monday, September 24 at 7pm.

I discovered this guide several months ago — and was immediately struck by its timeliness. The authors invite women of all ages to take a closer look at their family history as well as the cultural myths and personal experiences that have inspired, defined, changed, or even limited their life choices.

“If we can truly understand the stories that made us the women we are, including the motivations behind our actions and thoughts, we can take charge of how our future unfolds,” the authors write.

In this informal class, we’ll identify and explore our own key stories. No writing experience is necessary — but please bring your favorite notebook or journal. The workshop is free to the public but space is limited and advance registration is required. For additional details and to register for the class, please visit www.ropl.org

Starry nights and summer adventures

Celebrating the magic and wonder of our favorite season in the Great Lakes State, the June issue of Michigan BLUE is now available in bookstores and on newsstands. Whether you’re mapping out a weekend road trip or spending an afternoon in your favorite lawn chair, this issue will inspire your summer plans. In addition to a gorgeous photo story on stargazing by Howard Meyerson and a piece on national wildlife refuges by Leslie Mertz, it features an essay I wrote on the art of collecting beach stones — one of my favorite summer pastimes. I’m always proud to have my work published in this beautiful magazine. ~CL

Where to buy my book

My essay and column collection, Writing Home, is available locally at Yellow Door Art Market in Berkley and Paper Trail Books in downtown Royal Oak. (You’ll find a few used copies on Amazon — but new copies are sold only in retail stores and writing workshops.)

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

 

“Details, Details” workshop

Mixed-media art by Cindy La Ferle

Join me at the Royal Oak Public Library on Wednesday, May 2 (7:00 – 8:30 PM) for an evening workshop focusing on how to identify and describe the colorful specifics that editors look for in personal essays, columns, and feature stories. Discover how to make your writing sparkle and stand out from dozens of other submissions. This free program is designed especially for new writers. Registration is required to reserve your space: 248-246-3715 or visit the Royal Oak Public Library web site for more information.

Spring’s around the corner

It doesn’t happen as often as I’d like, but sometimes my work gets published in a magazine without much effort on my part. Late last year, for instance, I received an unexpected letter and a contract from an editor at Ideals magazine, requesting my permission to reprint an Easter essay from my book, Writing Home.

This week, I received my advance copies of Ideals Springtime 2018. My essay in this issue is about a surprise gift (a box of ducklings) that I received one Easter when I was a kid.

Ideals is a soft-cover anthology of stories and poems by a variety of nationally published authors. Owned by Guideposts and known for its wholesome family content, the magazine was launched in 1944 with a Christmas issue and has published seasonal editions ever since. (Several of my essays from Writing Home have been selected for publication in previous editions.)

The new issue will be available at Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million, ChristianBooks.com, Amazon.com, and other retail stores.