Archive for June, 2010

June 30 Workshop

One of my favorite things to do is create and facilitate new workshops.  This summer I am so excited to be presenting a series of workshops called “Telling your Truths: a Memoir Workshop.”  I will be teaching all 3 of these sessions at the Heritage Palms Country Club located near Jefferson and Fred Waring.  Even if you cannot attend all 3 workshops, just attending one will boost your writing to a new level.  Not only will you be inspired to master your craft, but in the process you will get to meet and spend time with some other really great women.  The workshop on June 30 will feature 4 subsections: Defining your memoir, Practical ways to get started, The form of your memoir and The what, why and how of your truth.  The cost of these workshops are $65.00 and they run from 9-1, and it includes a delicious luncheon as well!  For an even better deal, prepay for all 3 and pay only $55.00 per workshop!  To register for the June 30 or July 12 or August 18 workshop send an email to

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The gift of the journey…

I always forget how metaphorical a journey can be.  I think that is why writing my memoirs is so good for me.  Instead of focusing on the end result, I can get lost-beautifully lost-along the way.  If  I’m not too careful or too analytical or too self-critical of what I’m doing, I can become immersed in the process of remembering and re-creating.  Memories become feelings, and feelings become treasures to be savored.

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Living in a moment…

When you journal for your memoir and when you look at memories of your past, you find that you are living in a moment that connects you to a larger sense of time, a clearer glimpse of what is important.  Even if it seems that your focus is merely on photographs, paper and words, in the big picture sense, you are connecting with your memories, with your own creativity, and, most important, with the Source of all that is…past, present and future!

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Opening up…

Today I just finished a session 1 class and was touched by my students.  I love to see my students comfortable enough to open up to share the hard times of our lives or those things we consider to be secrets.  Today one of my students shared a beautiful story about something that she considered an embarrassment that she has been carrying around all of her life.  Her story that she shared was not only moving but beautifully written.  As she shared her story we all had tears in our lives as she finished.  I was so proud of her and I felt as if she had given me a gift for sharing such a beautiful story of her life.  Are you ready to open yourself up to a higher level of community?  First of all find a safe place to share and when you do you will see that sharing your story is not only beneficial to you, but to those you share it with.  Try to share your story with someone you care about this week!

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Memories from the past…

Memories from the past propel me to the present and the future.  It encourages me to ask: What gifts am I finding in my life today?  What moments are hidden blessings?  What am I learning?  How am I celebrating?  What do I want to preserve to remember for myself and family?

Today is a beautiful day and the gifts I am finding today was going to Whole Foods (we don’t have one in the desert, waaah!) and enjoying the beautiful foods!  Buying delicious carmel and pear tea from Gypsy Rose Tea Company (the best!)

Hidden blessings are having my morning meditation and my little dog Courtney is laying beside me with her head on my knee.

I am learning to appreciate each day and marvel in its beauty!

I am celebrating by working on new summer curriculum!

I want to preserve my words to be a blessing to my family,  that I am writing down what it is I am learning about each new day!

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"Because of Tammy I have found confidence in my writing and feel blessed to be honored in such a way. I have found my voice. I have found freedom! I recommend anyone for whatever reason to expand their life and sign up for her writing workshops or classes. You'll be amazed at how good you are and how everyone has a story worth telling. Sign up and set your voice free!"
Wendy Price, Palm Desert, CA

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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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