Show Your Work — Publish Your Book

61cExKlHfaL._AC_US160_Next Tuesday, January 24, LifeArt Studio partners with Writer’s Block Bookstore to offer an evening of good conversation, inspiring information, fascinating people, and books!

Join Patricia Charpentier, of Writing Your Life, and me as we talk about the highs and lows of getting a book out into the world. Your words, your images, your family stories can become permanent, beautiful documents to share with a small or a large audience.

If you have just a tiny yearning to give your ideas or your memories form, Patricia will show you exactly how to get that done, and give you the confidence to do it.

Lauren Zimmerman, owner of Writer’s Block Bookstore, will be there selling my book, Twelve Doors: Writing for Pleasure, Self-Expression, and Insight, which Patricia’s company, LifeStory Publishing, produced last November. Come and see it and hear about my experience of working with Patricia.

You’ll get ideas on how you, too, can take the first steps toward creating and then showing your work to the people you care about.

Our presentation begins at 7:00 p.m. and will take place in the private dining room of Cocina 214 on Welbourne St. in Winter Park. Come early and grab a drink at the bar and join us for light appetizers before the talk.

We have lots of room,
and this is a free event,
but you must register my contacting me here.

Make a decision to starting that book you’ve always wanted to write. This is your first step!



Guacamole and Self-Publishing

images-2Does the word “publication” scare you to death? And yet. . . do you have a small, private wish that some day you might put all of those meaningful pieces of writing you have into a lovely format? Or maybe you would like to organize your family history into a gift book for your parents. How about those sweet letters you wrote to your children when they were growing up? Want to see them beautifully designed and bound into a book? I have a friend who has written a charming children’s book, but she has been confused about how to get it out into the world; and so this great little story remains lost in the bowels of her file cabinet.

I had that “small, private wish” for years about a series of assignments I had created for my Writer’s Studio class at Rollins. I wanted to see these assignments made available to other teachers, or share them with those wanting to write for pleasure and reflective practice. And now, that has happened; the book has finally been given a beautiful format by Patricia Charpentier, founder of LifeStory Publishing.

If you’d like to hear about my experience of working with Patricia and how skillful she was at bringing my book Twelve Doors into being, please join us for an informative and inspiring evening on January 24 at Cocina 214 in Winter Park.

Patricia Charpentier will explain a variety of ways to get your words, ideas, photos, paintings, drawings into book form.  Through LifeStory Publishing, she has led many writers through the process of publishing a book.  Check out event details here. 

images-3So listen, if you have even a teeny desire that some day you want to collect or curate your creative expressions, don’t suppress it any longer. Come and learn how easy it can be to make your book happen. Patricia knows all the steps that need to be taken.

And if you have no intentions of doing something like that, join us anyway for the joy of being in the midst of vibrant, creative people.  And for the joy of guacamole!  We’ll meet on January 24 from 7:00-8:30 at Cocina 214 in Winter Park. Come early and grab a drink at the bar; we’ll provide lite-bites for you to enjoy.

This is a free event, and seating is limited, so please contact me and I’ll place you on the reserved list.

Patricia and I would love to see you on the 24th!

What You Need To Know About Publishing

patricia-charpentierHello and Happy New Year!

In this first post of the year, I am happy to announce our first Creative Momentum Gathering of the year, Tuesday, January 24, featuring Patricia Charpentier discussing “What You Need to Know About Publishing.”

LifeArt Studio, Writing Your Life, and Writer’s Block Bookstore are joining forces to offer an informative evening on how to give your ideas, your writing, your memories the beautiful form they deserve. Whether you hope to be traditionally published or intend to produce your book in some other way, Patricia Charpentier knows so much about how publishing works and how to avoid its many costly pitfalls.

As many of you know, Patricia Charpentier is founder Writing Your Life and LifeStory Publishing and a seventeen-year veteran of the industry. She’ll discuss

>     traditional publishing vs. concierge or self-publishing

>      how to be an informed author

>       the question of hiring professionals

13895054_10153643578296237_6688182899136835694_nIn addition, I’ll tell you all about my own experience of working with Patricia, for she has just published my recently revised book, Twelve Doors: Writing for Pleasure, Self-Expression, and Insight. Writers Block Bookstore will be on hand with copies for sale, as well as Patricia’s Eating an Elephant: Write Your Life One Bite at a Time. And, her Five-Year Journals, just in time for the new year, will also be available for sale.

“What You Need to Know About Publishing” is free event, but reservations are required. To reserve your place, send a request to me here.

This event takes place on Tuesday, January 24th from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Cocina 214 just off Park Avenue in Winter Park., at 151 Welbourne Avenue East, Winter Park, FL 32789.

Come early and grab dinner and drinks at Coquina 214, and meet other writers. Light appetizers will be provided during the session.

Seating is limited, so don’t forget to reserve your seat here.  I hope you can join us!