OCTOBER 2017

October Is Family History Month

"The most successful families embrace and elevate their family history [herstory], particularly their failures, setbacks and other missteps." 
 ~ Bruce Feller

 

September was such a wonderful month! It's exciting how well-received WRITING FOR BLISS has been. I'm also very grateful for all the stellar reviews posted on various blogs and also on Amazon and Goodreads. During the past two months, I've really enjoyed meeting with the media, and those enthusiastic individuals who attended my book signings.

The best comment was someone telling me that my book can be summarized as, "Natalie Goldberg meets the Dalai Lama." Comments like that have really warmed my heart.

For those who might have been on another planet, or on e-mail hiatus, let me remind you of my newly released book (September 1).

WRITING FOR BLISS is available at your local independent bookstore, wherever books are sold, and on Amazon.

If you LOVE the book, please consider taking a few minutes to write a review on Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and/or Powell's. I would be most grateful! 

Click here  to order:


Listed in  POETS & WRITERS  
as one of "The Best Books for Writers"
Creatively yours,
Prompts from WRITING FOR BLISS 
  • What I want most is...
  • Tough times taught me that...
  • My family will remember me for...
  • My favorite childhood memory is...
  • What I most appreciate about my life is...
          Recently Published Works


"How to Discover Your Life Passion." (article). 
     Thrive Global. August 18, 2017. 

"Writing Poetry for Beginners." (article). 
     Women Writers, Women's Books. September 1, 2017.
 
"Are you a Seeker? How to Tell & Tap the Transformative Power of Writing." (article).  Yoga Journal.  September 1, 2017. 

"Anima." (poem). Poets Unlimited. September 1, 2017. 

"How Journaling Can Change Your Life." (article). 
     New York Spirit. September 6, 2017.

"Drunk as Drunk." (poem). Poets Unlimited.  September 7, 2017. 

"If Your Forget Me." (poem).  Your Impossible Voice.  September 12, 2017.

"Calming the Monkey Mind." (blog). Psychology Today. September 13, 2017. 

"The Art of Bliss." (blog). Psychology Today. September 20, 2017. 

Guest Blog Posts

"How to Make Your Life Story Life-Changing."  Writing and Wellness. 
     September 7, 2017.

"How to Begin to Write Poetry." A Writer's Life. September 19, 2017. 
Workshops

Saturday, October 7, 2017 / 3:30-5:30 pm

WRITING FOR BLISS:  Part I: Preparing to Write
The Sacred Space,  Summerland, CA
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Saturday, October 14, 2017 / 3:30-5:30 pm
WRITING FOR BLISS: Part II: Examining Your Life
The Sacred Space, Summerland, CA
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Saturday, October 28, 2017 / 3:30-5:30 pm
WRITING FOR BLISS: Part III: Finding Your Form
The Sacred Space, Summerland, CA


To Register:  CLICK HERE
Book Signings 

Sunday, October 15, 2017 - 1:00 to 3:00pm
Thousand Oaks, CA


Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - 6:00 to 8:00pm
Santa Barbara, CA

Interviews 

Interview on " Writing for Bliss." (print)  WE magazine for women, August 24, 2017.

Interview on "Writing for Bliss
." (print)  Feathered Quill, September 5, 2017.

The Meaning of Life -- Love and Storytelling. (print)  Excellence Reporter,  September 7, 2017.

"How to Be A Writer with Diana Raab.Fire it Up with C.J. Liu. September 7, 2017.


Cyrus Webb interviews Diana Raab. (Blog Talk Radio). September 13, 2017.
SUGGESTED MEMOIRS

Because I read a lot of memoir and teach memoir writing, people often ask me what memoirs I can recommend. If you only have time to read a few memoirs, here are some I suggest you place on your nightstand. There's a more extensive list in the Appendix of WRITING FOR BLISS.

A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt
Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy
Darkness Invisible by William Styron
Fierce Attachments by Vivian Gornick
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
Just Kids by Patti Smith
Lust & Wonder: A memoir by Augusten Burroughs
Memoirs of a Catholic Childhood by Mary McCarthy
Men We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward
Ongoingness by Sarah Manguso
Ordinary Light by Tracy K. Smith
Paula by Isabel Allende
Poetry Will Save Your Life by Jill Bialosky
Refuge by Terry Tempest Williams
Speak Memory by Vladimir Nabokov
Survival in Auschwitz by Primo Levi
The Best Day The Worst Day by Donald Hall
The Color of Water by James McBride
The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls 
The Liars' Club by Mary Karr
The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston
This Boy's Life by Tobias Wolff
Townie by Andre Dubus III
Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom 
Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal by Jeanette Winterson
 

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