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    Funny Friday: True stories

    “You own everything that happened to you. Tell your stories. If people wanted you to write warmly about them, they should have behaved better.” ~Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life Photo by Cindy La Ferle

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    The Rochester Writers’ Conference

    “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” ~Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Cindy La Ferle ______ There’s nothing like a day-long conference to recharge a writer’s creative batteries. On October 20, I’ll be joining a terrific group of Michigan authors, speakers, and educators at the 11th Annual Rochester Writers’ Conference at Oakland University, Rochester, MI.  In my workshop, Freeing Your Personal Mythology, I’ll discuss how to identify and release the cultural and family stories that define your life and shape your viewpoints. If you’re looking for material for your memoir or new topics for personal essays, this workshop will help you get…

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    Women’s stories

    “If she got really quiet and listened, new parts of her wanted to speak.” ~SARK, author and artist The book that inspired the workshop / Cindy La Ferle ______________ Please visit the home page for additional content and social media sharing options.   Parts of this blog do not show on digital devices.  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…

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    The best advice for writers

    “I never know how to give advice to a writer because there’s so much you could say, and it’s hard to translate your own experience. The main thing that I usually end up saying is to read a lot.  To read a great deal and to learn from that.”  ~Sue Monk Kidd Cindy La Ferle ______________________ To view additional content, or to share on social media, please visit the home page. English and American literature were my favorite classes in high school and college. I’ve always loved to read (and hang out in bookstores), but I doubt that I’d have finished as many classics had I not been required to write…

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    Writing a newspaper column

    Last week, I posted a column I wrote about my son’s boyhood career as a newspaper carrier. This week, I heard from a fellow newspaper columnist who happened to spot a feature article I wrote for Writer’s Digest on how to snag your own newspaper column. Until my friend contacted me, I wasn’t aware that the archived piece (from 2008) is now available to read online. Though it’s not as easy to land a column today, it’s not impossible if your area of specialty isn’t well represented yet. To read my article in Writer’s Digest, click here.