Posts Tagged ‘stories’


Have you been on cruise control for too long?  I know that sometimes in our lives we need to just set the speed and click the cruise control and just drive.  Depending upon the season you are upon in your life you may feel as though you need to just resist the urge to speed and take things slowly.  Generally I hear from my students the same thing every year.  It sounds something like this: “I didn’t write one word all summer.”  I see this as setting the cruise control and not really doing much.  How about you this summer?  Have you been writing?  I think we all have times in our lives when we need to shift down and maybe just cruise for awhile, but when the cruising is a bit long it is time to shift into gear and move forward.  I wish you could hear the ROAR of this Cobra.  It is a beautiful ride, no simply cruising in this baby.  Remember this picture and let it all remind you to step behind the wheel and pick up that pen or go to your computer and keep writing.  Even if you just spent 10 minutes writing every day this summer you could tell a lot of your stories and get them recorded. 

If you are in the area and you need a bigger boost, come to one of my great workshops.  I will be teaching July 9 and July 23 here in the desert or if you are going to be in the Seattle area in August contact me and maybe you can register for my workshops up north.

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The Gift of Story

Maya Angelou has said there is no agony like bearing an untold story inside of you. In her book Writing to Change the World, Mary Piper describes the importance of sharing our stories:

Stories are the most basic tool for connecting us to one another.  Research shows that story telling not only engages all the senses, it triggers activity on both the left and the right sides of the brain.  Because stories elicit whole brain/whole body responses, they are far more likely than other kinds of writing to evoke strong emotions.  People attend, remember, and are transformed by stories, which are meaning-filled units of ideas, the verbal equivalent of mother’s milk.  Healthy cultures pass on healthy stories from generation to generation.

By passing on stories within our families, we can help create the “healthy culture.”  Children (and adults, too) need to know that they are connected.  We need to know we are connected to each other, to the Earth, to what has come before and what will come after.  Stories help us say, “Oh, yes, I have been there, too,”or empathize, “Wow, that must have been hard for you.”  It doesn’t matter whether or not we all have the same stories.  What matters is that we all have stories to tell.

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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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