Best Reading Group Picks for 2012, Bar None

Great Group Read Selections 2012 list of powerful books was just released, and I am thrilled to share it with you.  As past president of Women’s National Book Association-San Francisco Chapter,  I’ve had a hand in the selections, as well as helping to foster awareness of our annual signature event, National Reading Group Month, to be held this year on October 6th from 2-4 p.m. at Books Inc, Opera Plaza, San Francisco.  And we’re showcasing two of the authors whose books made the list: Anita Amirrezvani, Equal of the Sun. From the author of the internationally bestselling The Blood of Flowers comes a compulsively readable and gorgeously crafted tale of power, loyalty, intrigue, and love in the royal court of sixteenth-century Iran. Simon & Schuster, Release: June 5, 2012. Selected for 2012 Great Group Reads. I wrote a short review of Anita Amirrezvani's Equal of the Sun, which you can read by clicking on the title. Amanda Coplin, The Orchardist. A debut novel,

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Nonfiction Writers’ Best Chance to Change the World

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It’s been my passion for over a decade to teach the art and craft of writing "Mother Memoir." The power daughters and sons discover when writing “just one small story that captures mother’s character to keep her spirit alive”  provides the foundation every writer needs before writing nonfiction or fiction.  Perceptions change as connection and understanding unfold when “TellTale Souls” look at MOM from the inside out and write their bio-vignettes as only they can.   Stories do change the way people think. Spend a day at the San Francisco Writing for Change Conference and discover whether your book can change the world. The Conference Will Your Book be The One to Change The World? San Francisco Writing for Change Conference Saturday, September 15th, 2012 8:15 am – 5:30 pm First Unitarian Universalist Society of San Francisco 1187 Franklin Street (at Geary), San Francisco, CA The Writing for Change Conference is devoted to bringing together agents,

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Now Airing – The Bookcast Interview Conducted by Bill Thompson: TellTale Souls Write

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I had such fun doing an interview on the art and craft of TellTale Souls Writing the Mother Memoir yesterday with a real pro, veteran author interviewer Bill Thompson on The Bookcast.  Rather than read a blog post from me today,  I invite you to click here and  listen to the interview. Then take it from there and write your Mother Memoir.  (Mom's worth it!) Connecting, understanding, and the honoring of the relationship, whether it was good or not so good or even horrible will be rewarding, I promise. Who is she, your mother, deep down inside? How will she be remembered? Why does it matter? The Mother Memoir is achieved in just a few pages by answering my seminal question: "If you could tell just one small story that would capture your mother's character and keep her spirit alive for future generations, what would it be?" You will find thoughtful prompts, intriguing exercises, and over 40 stories written by TellTale Souls who have walked this path before

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Win the TellTale Souls Writing the Mother Memoir Guidebook at Hibiscus House

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Hibiscus House is giving you the chance to WIN my award-winning guidebook, TellTale Souls Writing the Mother Memoir: How to Tap Memory and Write Your Story Capturing Character & Spirit, just for stopping by and saying hello. What a treat! Dolly invited TellTale Souls and me into Hibiscus House as honored guests for an entire week.  Now, that’s southern hospitality at its finest. The only catch was she wanted me to inspire her friends to write from their hearts short, true tales called Mother Memoir, so they, too, would become TellTale Souls. Since showing people how to write creative memoir is my passion, and the fact that on a moment’s notice I'll  roll out TellTale Souls Method’s unique technique on how to Tap Memory and Write Your Memoir Capturing Character & Spirit, we settled in for an adventure. Everyday is an adventure with Dolly at Hibiscus House. As you can see from the photo, Dolly’s house is a beautiful place in the country, complete with wildlife

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Publish Your Book: Get Personal with Literary Agents

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  Authors and Writers “Speed-Dating” by the Bay at our 9th Annual Signature EventBack by popular demand:  Keynote Luncheon (see below) MEET-THE-AGENTS & ACQUISITION EDITORSLynn Henriksen, Event Chair, lynn(at)telltalesouls.com Saturday, March 24th, 2012 • 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.Sinbad’s Restaurant, Pier 2, San Francisco$50 WNBA member, $65 non-member, or $75 at the door(Bonus:  Coffee and “How to Pitch Training” included from 8:00 to 9:00 am)Space is limited (we sold out last year) – REGISTER SOONRegister via PayPal at www.wnba-sfchapter.org or mail your check made out to WNBA-SF to P.O. Box 244, Half Moon Bay, CA  94019Keynote Luncheon – 12:30 – $35.00 - Menu selections on our website.Bestselling author Meg Waite Clayton says, “I didn't start out being a novelist, I started out as someone who wanted to be a novelist but had no idea how one went about that - much less any faith in my own talent.” Stay for lunch to rub elbows with the agents and

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San Francisco Writers Conference 2012

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A CELEBRATION OF CRAFT, COMMERCE, AND COMMUNITY! This headline for The San Francisco Writers Conference 2012 will provide exactly that and more. Click the link above for the line-up of inspiring bestselling authors, legendary agents, writing intensive workshops, classes on craft galore, and to register.As The Story Woman and a TellTale Soul, I can’t think of any place I’d rather be. Hope to see you sometime during the 5 day extravaganza, February 15-20, 2012.

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Writers Speed-Date with Agents & Acquistion Editors

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 Authors and Writers “Speed-Dating” by the Bay at our 8th Annual Signature EventNew this year:  Keynote Luncheon (see below) Meet-the-Agents and Acquisition EditorsSaturday, March 26th, 2011  9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.Sinbad’s Restaurant, Pier 2, San Francisco$50 WNBA member, $65 non-member, or $75 at the door(Bonus:  Coffee and “How to Pitch Training” included from 8:00 to 9:00 am)Space is limited (we sold out last year) – REGISTER SOONRegister via PayPal at www.wnba-sfchapter.org or mail your check made out to WNBA-SF to P.O. Box 244, Half Moon Bay, CA  94019New this year!Keynote Luncheon – 12:30 – $30.00 - Menu selections on our website.WNBA author Zoe FitzGerald Carter will share her journey to the publication of her memoir, Imperfect Endings, recently optioned for film. Join us for lunch and rub elbows with agents and acquisition editors.Note:  Must be registered to attend Zoe FitzGerald Carter is a graduate of Columbia Journalism School and has written for

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Write It or Lose It – Memoir Works

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 You know you have memories you don't want left behind...Learn how to move them into an unforgettable memoir.KEEPING SPIRITS ALIVE • with Lynn HenriksenMemoir Writing WorkshopWhere: Book Passage, Corte Madera, CA When: Saturday, March 5, 2011 -- 1:30-4:30 pm • $65Call Book Passage, Corte Madera (415) 927-0960 ext.1, to reserve.  If you don’t write it down, it will be lost. Wouldn’t that be a shame? Lynn Henriksen invites you to join her to embrace a special kind of memoir where you’ll capture the character and spirit of an important person in your life as only you can. On this journey of discovery you’ll find your unique voice, move a memory gem into memoir through intriguing prompts, guided activities, partner sharing, and feedback. Find out how truth and imagination merge with all ‘six’ of your senses to awaken understanding, and why you won’t let your loved ones simply slip away. Henriksen has guided hundreds to Tap Memory & Write Memoir and is the

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San Francisco Writers for Change Conference

This weekend...click here for all the information on the 2010 SF Writers for Change Conference.Attend this conference and you'll see that I'm not the only one who believes writing can change your life and your words can change the lives of others. Will Your Book Be The One ThatChanges The World...this year?Headliners include: Dan Millman, John Robbins, Jean Shinoda Bolen,  Alan Rinzler, Cami Walker, Rosemary Daniell, and so many more...Just added: ALL-DAY PRECONFERENCE--All About eBooks--with industry leaders Rob MacDonald (Scribd) and Mark Coker (Smashwords) on Friday, Nov. 12th.The StoryWoman says, "Write Mother Memoir to change your life; become a TellTale Soul."

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Making a Memoir Teacher Blush

What's a memoir teacher to do when a student makes her blush with humility and delight? Well, this one is going to share Marlene's kind words with you hoping you will follow her lead and write memoir: Dear Lynn,  Your workshop, Keeping Spirits Alive, was just an amazing experience!  Not only did my grandmother’s spirit come to life within me, you, dear heart, suffused my spirit with the passion, joy and unbound excitement to travel in time and space to converse with the many spirits who’ve touched my life over the years and to invite them to be heard and remembered. Your invitation to “look through their eyes;” to see, to hear, to viscerally experience my grandmother as if I were her was a profound experience for me.  What a rare gift you are.  I am so amazed that three hours could so change my life, my perspective and my journey here on this planet.    Thank you for the safe space you created to share myself.  Thank you for the wonderful teachings, tips, and

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