Archive for February, 2010

Meeting the “doctor”

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of meeting “the doctor”, MD…or some of you may know her as Maggie Downs.  I was thrilled, we met in Palm Springs at Koffi on Hwy 111.  My head was spinning and I felt I was rambling on and on about these wonderful women that have changed my life, the women in my workshops. I wasn’t quite sure if I got across to her how very inspirational these women were.  A week went by, then two weeks and then I got a phone call from her saying she wanted to meet “these” women.  I was thrilled and overjoyed!  The “event” happened last week Thursday and the article ran in todays paper (

Yes, the “doctor” captured what I wanted to say…meeting Maggie is like sitting down with a dear friend.  She is just like she is in her column, a wonderful woman and very inspirational!

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Authentic writing…

Just putting on the finishing touches of a new workshop I am planning on teaching very soon.  It is about writing authentically, from your heart.  I believe that when we truly write from our heart we will come to recognize our own voice and our own truth.  I am currently working on a series of workshops that I hope to take on the road this summer when I am not in my beloved Palm Springs.  I would love to come and visit some of my FB friends this summer and present some dynamic workshops in a town near you!

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The art of everyday…

Part of the art of our lives is its everydayness.  Every day we see the same faces and surroundings.  We see the same colors presented to us over and over again in our living rooms and on our dinner plates.  This repetition is the substance of our lives.  Sometimes it can be a relief to sink into quiet and repetition, to let creativity and growth rest.  The lulls in writing, I am convinced, are healthy and rejuvenating.

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Who would have thought…

Perhaps the best thing about surprises-in writing and in life-is the unexpected joy they can bring.  Who would have thought that job you volunteered to do would have turned out so interesting?  What would have guessed that you would have met someone so interesting in your writer’s workshop?  When we are open to the surprises life brings, we find that we have the capacity to still be seized by wonder…

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Embrace the surprises…

If your’re the kind of person who likes things to go as planned, writing can help you embrace the surprises of life.  One of the gifts of writing is the pleasure of the unknown.  As you work, let the process flow!

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Tammy L. Coia is an AWA Affiliate, certified to lead workshops in the AWA method as described in Writing Alone & With Others by Pat Schneider, Oxford University Press.

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