Anita's blog is largely about gratefulness - hers and others - but she also posts about things important to her including books, reading, literacy and Aboriginal arts and culture. The above photo was taken by Tammy Law at Anita's TEDx talk in Brisbane, 2013.
Day two of the BWRC in
Florida provided another intensive day of workshops, master-classes, pitching,
selling and creative inspiration.
Here’s just a few gratefuls I wanted to share with you:
Senses at Sunrise
Yet again, I was grateful for the enthusiastic, early morning risers / budding writers (a couple who returned for the second time) who made their way to the sand to get the creative juices
flowing. Using all five senses in a twenty-minute
writing sprint, many followed the session with yoga
on the beach withTakeyah.
I’m grateful for M.A.D. Writing
- Dr Linda Beed
After a great yarn about
the responsibility of the writer with Dr Beed (pictured above)on
Thursday, I was looking forward to attending her workshop where she asked the
group outright: Are you a M.A.D. writer? That is are you about
Dr Beed ensured us all that
it’s okay to be mad, but what are you going to do with anger?
Are you going to embrace the familiar? Or are you going to take that
mad and turn into something that can effect change?
She reminded us that our
words should convey ideas, they should paint a
picture, and writers are role models, intentional or unintentional because our
words will affect someone whether we know or not.
To quote Dr Beed: ‘As a
M.A.D. writer you will push beyond the boundaries of the expected. In doing so,
content may touch subject matter ordinarily reserved for quiet conversations in
dark corners. Writing out of the norm will bring an array of commentary.’
I’m looking forward to Dr Beed contributing a blog of her own gratefuls here in the future,
in the meantime, you can find her at: http://www.lindabeed.com/
I was grateful for PATRICIA HALEY’s speech writing workshops
Patricia Haleyis an LA-based public speaking consultant who
completely owns the space she works when delivering a workshop. I have seen her
present a number of times, and each time I am reminded of the importance of
presentation when addressing an audience. In opening this workshop, Patricia opened
with a story of how engaged she was by Barack Obama the first time she saw him
speak. Of course, many of us were in awe of Obama’s capacity to completely capture his audience, and one of the best orations of all
time must be his victory speech on November 4, 2008. I remember I was at home
in Matraville ironing that afternoon, before I headed off to a Democrats Abroad
party in Sydney to celebrate.
In this session we heard about Jon Favreau –speech writer for the White House, also
assisted writing Obama’s victory speech, famous for the line ‘Change has come
In discussing ‘Engaging speech
writing’, Patricia suggested thinking back to forums, speeches and presentations of both past and
present day leaders. How did you feel after seeing them? What events and their speakers have you attended that captured attention? What worked for you in the delivery /content What did not?
I’m grateful for tips on Balancing Life and Writing with Dr Jacqualine
Many of you are aware that
I have been using a life coach (Geraldine Star) for over ten years and over time, I have
reached many of my professional and personal goals by working with her. So, I
have a very good life / writing balance, however
attending this workshop also gave me some new ways of measuring the time I put
into work, writing, family and friends, community, fun, spirituality, self-care
and personal growth. It was also an opportunity to see how other writers who
run households and raise families also manage their writing /life balance. In
all honesty, I don’t know how they do it. I’m flat out looking after myself!
BLOGGING was a key theme to
this workshop and it reminded me of the value of regular blogs and guest
bloggers (and I managed to rope in a LOT of delegates from the conference who
will feature here in coming months). It was interesting to
hear about the money-making opportunities you can avail yourself of if
you want to add advertising to your blog-page.
Presenting on travel writing
Excited by the fact I had my travel article on tropical north Queensland published in the QANTAS Australian
Waymagazine in August, I was plased to be able to present a workshop on travel writing and report back to delegates that reached my goal - first set during the BWRC in Las Vegas in 2009 – where
I rsearched my first ever travel story, Shop Till You Drop!
Finally, I remain eternally grateful for the networking opportunities
and the collegial atmosphere of the conference. I'm hoping we can do
something similar in Australia in the future.
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