The Words & Wine at Piedmont Center for the Arts in February 2013 was the biggest yet!
I’m planning two more events this spring/early summer, and details will be posted on this site as soon as I have them. (Living Social vouchers will be honored at both events.)
Thanks to all participants for your creativity, open-heartedness, and brilliance.
“It is the only writer’s workshop I’ve ever been in that wasn’t ego-filled & contentious. It was fun, inspiring, confidence-building and in itself creative.”
The best part was “meeting and talking with other writers, as well as being inspired to really focus on my own writing.”
“I thought it was great fun and gave me added inspiration and insight.”
Words & Wine Rocks! Why not join us next time?
Get several writers in a room together, and the talk of favorite books, shows, films, and sources of inspiration could go on for hours. We decided to create a list of favorites to share with each other — and here they are for all of you empowered writers!
Favorite books and stories:
Flashman – George MacDonald Fraser
The Unbearable Lightness of Being – Milan Kundera
The Happiness Project – Gretchen Rubin
Anything by Joseph Campbell
“Sonny’s Blues” – James Baldwin
MI5 – a brilliant British TV show
Herb Caen’s “three-dot journalism” in the San Francisco Chronicle
Karin Slaughter Crime Mysteries
More sources of inspiration:
The Artist’s Way (both book and course) - Julia Cameron
National Novel Writing Month, also known as NaNoWriMo
Stephen King “On Writing
There’s a lot more inspiration out there! Add yours in the comments below.
Email check-ins are a way for you to communicate with me about your writing and to receive support and feedback as you continue your work. Make both email check-ins and coaching sessions into meaningful deadlines for you and your project!
When you communicate with me, part of your goal is to tell me what you have accomplished.
Tell me about your big goals as a writer so I can help you craft the little steps that will get you there.
Use this time to keep yourself accountable for your work – tell me what you have accomplished since our last check-in or session and what comes next in your project.
Ask for my advice on issues that are troubling you about your writing.
Send me a few pages of your writing and ask for commentary.
Ask questions about writing, editing, or publishing strategies
Prepare! Think about your coaching session ahead of time and consider what you want to accomplish.
Communicate with me about what you hope to get from the session.
Enjoy having the focus all on you and your writing. This is precious time for YOU.
Coaching sessions are fast-paced and customized to your needs. During that session, you have my full attention. Make sure to put other work and obligations aside during our time together so you get the full benefit of my coaching.
Talk about your progress, successes, and roadblocks to writing and brainstorm solutions
Discuss a particular piece of writing that you have sent ahead of time (about 5 pages, usually)
Brainstorm ideas for your writing project
Discuss your project in detail, record the session, and use the recording to develop the next section of your work
Develop strategies for making time to write, staying organized, getting the project done
Do you have more ideas about how to use check-ins and coaching sessions effectively? Let me know! Email me at erin.obriant (at) gmail.com.
Many people have a little voice inside that says, “I want to be a writer.” Listening to that voice is important, because that’s your life force talking.
I’ve helped hundreds of writers
hone writing skills
work through a “stuck” spell
complete a writing project
unlock the empowerment of self-publishing
I’m available for one-to-one coaching in fiction and creative nonfiction online or in Oakland, California.
I’m delighted to offer a series of one-day workshops in the San Francisco Bay Area this summer.
The Empowered Writer: Take Charge of Your Writing Life begins this fall
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I’d be honored to work with you on your journey as a writer.