Posts Tagged ‘memoir writing’

And what have you done with those memories?

Last night I had dinner with a friend I met over twenty years ago.  It was wonderful connecting to someone who knew me when I was in my early thirties.  The beauty in reconnecting with another person is the memories I had forgotten about she remembered and vice versa.

How can I help you record those memories of your life?  I have many ways to connect,  I have classes in the Palm Springs area a few times a year, I have retreats all over the world, I have private retreats in my home and I also travel to the homes of my students who would rather me come to them.

One option is the Online Writing Club that will give you monthly lessons with a small group of other men and women who like you want to learn and write….

Send me an email or sign up for my newsletter!

You can email me at

Read more

What are your priorities?

A great exercise is to write down all the things in your life that are important to you. What are the things you love, but could live without?  Those of you who have taken my classes know that three years ago when I decided to move out to Palm Springs I sold or gave away most of my possessions.  Knowing that it is very easy to rent furnished homes here in the desert I decided to get rid of my “stuff”.  I went through my pictures and divided most of them up between my children, and kept a few.  I packed my clothes and brought my dog out to the desert, and not much else.  What that did for me was show me that I was not attached to “stuff”.  Sure, I love good “stuff”, but I don’t need it.  My priorities at this time in my life is people, not “stuff” or “things”.  I want to go to sleep at night knowing I have made a difference in the life of another person.  How does the person feel after an encounter with me?  I love the women (and now men!) that come to my workshops.  I want them to know that I genuinely care and that they are not just a client, or a student, but a friend.  As I have said many times in these blogs, my students have become my friends and most are like a family to me.  So many times in our lives we get sucked into what we perceive as the urgency of the moment, putting out the fires of our daily affairs, that we lose track of where we have intended our lives to go.  As Deepak Chopra would say, we have forgotten to pay attention to our intention.  This is why taking time to examine our priorities should be a priority.  Is your life moving towards the intention you set?  (If we were to put this in line with your memoir writing, how is that going for you?  Are you still writing or do you need a little jumpstart to inspire you?).  Have you become enmeshed in the minutia of the moment and been driven off course?  One way to know is just to check in with your heart, you will know in a heartbeat.  Or you can always ask yourself this question: Ten years from now, will what’s going on in this moment really matter to me?

Spend some time in your journal writing about your intentions from days gone by and your priorities of today.

Read more

April Update

Since I have been sending out my new and amazing newsletters, I have not been blogging! A lot has been happening in this wonderful circle of women writers. The luncheon that was held the end of March was another great success. A special thank you to the women who shared their stories! Since the luncheon a group of us went on an amazing tour of the guide dogs of the desert. Wow! That was a great experience, I would like to plan another group excursion to guide dogs in the future! The hiking group has been hiking the La Quinta Cove on Tuesday mornings meeting at 8 am. On April 13, 5 hearty souls traveled to Mecca to hike the Painted Canyon. Now that is something every one should do! I really would like to plan another Painted Canyon hike as I know that some of you missed it due to Easter. Our next field trip is for Monday, April 20. We will meet at my office at 9 am and travel to Moorten’s Botanical Gardens in Palm Springs and then have lunch in Palm Springs. This is a great place to visit and the cost is only $3.00 per person plus lunch. I don’t have the date set for the May luncheon as of this day, but I will keep you posted as it will be the last luncheon until next fall! Once again I am so thankful for all of you who have touched my heart. I look forward to each class we have together.

Read more

"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

Read More: Writing Teacher Reviews

Amherst Writers & Artists

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.

writing retreats for women

International Directory of Writing Workshops