Archive for February, 2011

Still feeling inspired!

In case you missed the article in yesterday’s desert sun, I posted the link.  Pat Erickson wrote a great piece on her experience of the Women Inspiring Women Conference:

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Traveling Memoir Coach this summer!

This summer I am taking my “show” on the road!  I am thrilled and excited to be traveling up through northern California and up through Oregon and Washington.  Are you aware that if I am in your area  you can schedule me to come and teach my wonderful workshops in your home.  Just invite at least 5 of your friends and I will come and present to your group!  These workshops are each 2 hours in length and the cost for the workshop including all workshop material is only $35.00 per person.  If you live up in northern California, Oregon or Washington, email me so I can give you some dates as to when I will be in your area!

Here is a list of my workshops that I take on the road:

Telling your Truths#1: This workshop focuses on defining your memoir, practical ways to get started, the form of your memoir and the what, why and how of your truth.

Telling your Truths #2: This workshop focuses on developing a scene, summary and musing, how to move around in time, using your senses and naming names.

Telling your Truths #3: This workshop will teach about ethics in writing, doing the inner work and grounding your story and myths surrounding writers.

The Zen of Memoir Writing: This workshop will cover 6 thoughts on memoir insights into many of life’s endeavors.

The Ethical Will Class: An ethical will is a tool that enables you to address the question, what do I want my loved ones to know?  It has been said that ethical wills are the windows into the souls who write them.

Journaling for Beginners and Cowards: This workshop will explore the various aspects of why journaling is a fantastic tool to personal growth and enhancing your creativity.

Reflective Journaling: This workshop teaches what reflective journaling is all about.  We will discuss that the process of reflection is a willingness to challenge your own assumptions and previously held views.

Authenticity: Writing from your Heart: In this workshop we will explore finding your writer’s voice and how to write from a more authentic point of view.

Writer’s Workshop: Childhood Memories: In this hands-on workshop we will work on developing vignettes that will focus on memories from childhood.

Writer’s Workshop: Teen/Young Adult Memories: In this hands-on workshop we will work on developing vignettes that will focus on teen and young adult memories.

Writer’s Workshop: Adult Memories: In this hands-on workshop we will work on developing vignettes that will focus on various decades of your adult life.


Your Memoir: This is a 3 hour workshop.  This workshop is 30 pages of material and the cost per person is only $50.00 per person.  This workshop  will focus on a variety of topics such as:

  • How to bring your story to life
  • What memoir is really all about
  • Narrative techniques in memoir writing
  • Enhancing your memoir with some investigation
  • How to be a compelling character in your own life story
  • How to start writing a personal story and keep it moving
  • Polish your writing abilities and improve the quality of your work


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Perhaps the best thing…

If you’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.

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?  Who would have guess that you would have met someone so in tune with your interests at that party?  When we are open to the surprises life brings, we find that we have the capacity to still be seized by wonder.

Today as you write, let your words flow forward.  Start with a thought and see where it takes you!  Enjoy!

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Change the way you see the world…

When I first started writing, I was swept away.  It became a passion, I think because it offered me surprise.  As I discovered the artist within and found new ways of expression writing introduced me to new joys.

I am surprised by the way memoir writing has changed the way I see the world.  I look at moments and connections differently.  Substance for my memoir writing is everywhere.  Each tiny moment-such as a father and son walking into a restaurant together, laughing-suddenly captures the truth of love and connection.  A photograph shines with the essence of a dear friend.

The process of memoir writing also continues to surprise me: the way a page unfolds differently each time.

Start together by finding that artist within, welcome those surprises that are waiting to be re-discovered!

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Appreciating the variety of our life

Certain colors make us sigh and certain colors invigorate us.  This is also true of our relationships and our surroundings.  One of the most powerful lessons of color is that it reminds us not to turn our lives-or our memoirs-into a game of hierarchy, but to embrace variety.  Just as we need different colors for different purposes on our pages, so, too, do we need a variety of people to fulfill different roles in our lives.

Today examine the relationships in your life.  If you are like most people you have a variety of friends that have entered into your realm.  Today contemplate and find what is it that resonates with you in each of these relationships.  Spend some time reflecting and writing on it!

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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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