Sunday, October 26, 2008

Silence Your Inner Critic -- Let the Inspiration Flow!


With Jessica Bram

· “I’ve always wanted to be a writer but I don’t have the discipline/ I’m not good enough/ I never seem to find the time.”

· “You can’t make any money as a writer, so why bother?”

· “I would write my story but what if my mother/husband/friends ever read it?”

· “Writing doesn’t flow naturally for me … that must mean I’m not really a writer, right?”

Sound familiar?

Successful writers are plagued by all of these doubts, and more. But what makes them successful is persistence and the willingness to put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) nevertheless.

In this three-hour interactive workshop, successful writer, NPR commentator and popular writing teacher Jessica Bram will tackle these doubts and more head-on. In interactive discussions and supportive, inspiring writing exercises, Jessica will guide a small group of aspiring writers through the steps to enable them to silence their inner critics and unlock the floodgates of their creativity.

As Founder and President of the Westport Writers' Workshop, Jessica Bram’s personal mission is to empower people to fulfill their deepest desires to write. She frequently addresses writers’ groups and consults with writers to help them break through writer’s block, silence their inner critics, and allow them to overcome all those doubts that prevent them from fulfilling their writing talent and potential.

Here's what people had to say after Jessica's workshops:

"I attended your recent "Silence Your Inner Critic" workshop at the Fairfield Library. I wanted to let you know how valuable it was for me. Ever since then I've continued to write the first draft of a children's fantasy book using your guidelines. The empowerment you spoke of is happening for me. I thank you so much!
--Robyn Boccardi, Fairfield

"Jessica, thank you again for your inspirational talk, "Silence Your Inner Critic, Let the Inspiration Flow". I needed to hear the part about writing being hard work! I sat down as scheduled today for two hours to write, and it really helps to have a schedule, as you said. Again, many thanks for your encouragement." --Maurya C. Keating, Fairfield

Someone is going to be published. It might as well be you!

Saturday, November 15
9 a.m. to 12 noon

32 Webb Road, Westport
COST: $125 or Early Bird Registration: $95 if paid by October 31.

Please contact Jessica Bram at (203)227-3250 or
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Thursday, October 23, 2008

Mary Carroll Moore Reading from her forthcoming novel on November 9th

Some exciting news, ladies...

IWWG Member Mary Carroll Moore Invited to Read from Her Forthcoming Novel at "Writers on Writing" Panel--November 9

Mary has been invited to read from her forthcoming novel, Qualities of Light (Spinsters Ink, 2009 release) , and answer questions on the writing process at a free panel called "Writers on Writing: Inhibition, Sublimation, and Facing the Empty Page" on Sunday, November 9, 5:00 p.m., at the Irvington Public Library, Irvington, NY.

Please mark the date on your calendars--it's free and Mary would love the support of other IWWG members. Other panelists are Marek Fuchs, a New York Times journalist and writer for, and Richard Dresser, a playwright and screenwriter. Psychiatrist and creativity expert Dr. Carrie Barron will be interviewing Mary, Marek, and Richard about their writing and how they create.

For directions, visit

Mary Carroll Moore 's blog for writers is

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

A. Anderson's new book entitled "Flourishing with Food Allergies: Social, Emotional and Practical Guidance for Families with Young Children

For CT IWWG members, A. Anderson reports the following exciting news!

I have a new book that was just published in August 2008, Flourishing with Food Allergies: Social, Emotional and Practical Guidance for Families with Young Children.

Recent News:

· Flourishing’s official web site is: which contains a press release, author bio, author photo and commentaries.
· Flourishing is currently ranked #5 on Amazon’s “Hot New Releases List.”
· Independent Publisher recently selected Flourishing as a “Highlighted Title.”
· The Voices published an article on 10/1 and the Litchfield County Times has an article coming out today, 10/3.

Upcoming Events:

· 10/9/2008: 6:30 Food Allergy Support Group Meeting: First Congregational Church in Woodbury run by ‎‎Karen Wolfe, LCSW, for info email:
· 10/11/2008: 3:00 Border’s Books in Southbury: Book signing by A. Anderson
· 10/25/2008: 2:00-4:00 Woodbury Library Presentation by A. Anderson

(click for Amazon listing link)

Proposed statement:

Southbury, CT, October 2008—Author A. Anderson has published a new book titled Flourishing with Food Allergies: Social, Emotional and Practical Guidance for Families with Young Children. Anderson was inspired to write this book when she discovered that her own two sons had severe food allergies to dairy and egg. She, like many others, struggled with diet modifications, finding activities that were safe and dealing with the social ramifications of avoiding these common foods. The information is not simply based upon her experience—she incorporates fifteen interviews of mothers with food-allergic children—those with peanut, tree nut and other common allergens. Interviews of a father’s perspective and several doctors of different specialties are also included.

One goal of the book is to provide a measure of comfort and understanding for others dealing with adjusting their lives around their children’s food allergies. Flourishing provides guidance on emotional, social and practical levels based upon experienced parents and professionals. Suggestions for handling social interactions with relatives, friends, babysitters, preschools and schools are discussed. The tone of the book is positive and empowering supporting the empowerment of food-allergic children by instilling confidence in them and their parents.

"Flourishing" also includes research with over 160 end notes on facts, theories and findings throughout the world on the topic of food allergies, especially in young children. Common threads of thought about why food allergies are on the rise in our youngest members of society include the use of pesticides, antibiotics, hormones and genetically modified foods in our diets. Other discussions such as the possibility of food allergies contributing to asthma, autism, and ADHD are addressed.

And here's what people are saying about the book:

"A comprehensive review of how food allergies affect children's lives, their families, and their school environments. Wonderful tools and resources provided to educate families. A must read for parents of food allergic children!"
- Dr. Pamela A. Georgeson, spokesperson for the American Academy of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology (AAAAI)

"Food allergies are one of the most serious and complex health issues in America today, especially for children. The more awareness we create among parents, teachers, health professionals and researchers, the more progress we can make to improve the quality of life for food allergic patients."
- Mike Tringale, Director of External Affairs, Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA)

"For any parent this book provides valuable information about food allergies and their symptoms. It also shows how parents have been able to pursue the issue and get answers about their children's health. This book is a valuable resource for any parent especially with small children. I have also used the information to inform my adult clients who may have had long standing food allergies that they did not identify."
- Roxanne H. Condon, MS, LPC Master of Science, Licensed Professional Counselor

"Thoughtfully written and straight to the point-this is the first book I recommend to parents of children with food allergies. It deals with real world issues not covered in other publications!"
- Deana Boucher, RD CDE, Registered Dietitian and mother of three

"From medical information to personal stories of people living with food allergies…that is what made this book so interesting. Every time I put it down, I couldn't wait to pick it up again to see what I was going to read about next."
- Karen Wolff, LCSW, Licensed Clinical Social Worker and mother of two

"Mom, Dad and the Divine: Healing Your Relationship with The Divine"

In a time when clarifying
our relationship with the Divine is crucial
for our own lives and the life of our world . . .



DATE: Saturday, November 1, 2008TIME: 9am-1pmPLACE: Brookfield, ConnecticutCOST:
Before October 10: $155After October 10: $180
Led by Judith Barr atBrookfield, CT

Mom, Dad, and The Divine:
Healing Your Relationship with The Divine
4 Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) Available!*

Our connection with The Divine as we know it - often called Divine Mystery - is the essence of who we are. Without realizing it, we hold distorted images of the Divine - images based on our childhood experiences with authority. This causes pain and angst within us. And it causes great pain in the world outside and around us. Look at the wars in the name of religion that have taken place for thousands of years!

In order to be more fully connected with Spirit, we need to know about and heal these images. This workshop will help you become aware of what you feel about The Divine - even feelings you don't yet know you have - in order to begin healing and be even more connected with the Divine as you know it.

SATURDAY MORNING, November 1, 2008, 9:00 AM TO 1:00 PM *

COST: Before October 10: $155 After October 10: $180 Register by October 22, 2008.

REGISTRATION ENDS WEDNESDAY, October 22, 2008. A commitment to this workshop is necessary. Your nonrefundable deposit in the full amount of the fee needs to be received by OCTOBER 22, 2008. For the before-October-10th fee, your nonrefundable deposit in the full amount of the fee ($155) needs to be received by October 10th. To register, include the name of the workshop, your name, address, phone & email address, and if you would like CEU's for your participation.

Please make your check payable to Judith Barr and send to P.O. Box 603, Brookfield, CT 06804. For credit card registration, go to (Click on the "Consultation and Speaking Engagements" button. Scroll down to the images of credit cards and PayPal and follow the instructions.)

For more information, please call Judith Barr directly at 203-775-5006.

* Co-Sponsored by Connecticut Mental Health Counselors Association (CMHCA) Judith Barr, Workshop Presenter. The workshop is cosponsored by CMHCA, a division of the Connecticut Counseling Association. The Connecticut Counseling Association is recognized
by the National Board for Certified Counselors to offer continuing education for Nationally Certified Counselors. Provider Number 2007. We adhere to NBCC Continuing Education guidelines. 4 CEUs (contact hours) are available for LPCs and NCCs for this workshop.

Psychosynthesis in CT

PSYCHOSYNTHESIS IN CT. We teach the ways to meaning & purpose

Fall classes start Oct. 18th Stratford Center location
Modest fees & sliding scale as needed

Open Sundays start Oct 19th Circle, nondenominational prayer basket; guided imagery, writing,network. Bring a sandwich & join around our big table. We serve coffee and.....
USE YOUR HOME TO EXPLORE YOUR SELF with Maria Rivera; local artist & psychosynthesist
suggested contribution $25.
sign up to assist at our fundraiser Cancer, Aids & Wounded Vets; play an instrument? Give a mini-workshop, etc? OCT 25 1 to 4 p.m.
Cynthia Russell PhD A ct 11 Counseling & Synthesis 203 377-2421

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Wheel of Ten workshop with Mary Carroll Moore

THE WHEEL OF TEN: Essential Tools to Make Memoir and Fiction Come Alive
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Sleepy Hollow, NY (near Tarrytown) Friday, October 17, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.with Mary Carroll Moore

Spend a lively day exploring the ins and outs of ten essential writing tools that professional writers never leave home without. Even one, well used, will bring new vibrancy to a not-quite-there-yet memoir, short story, or novel. Fun writing exercises, short readings, discussion will help us see new levels of these basic tools—how to use them, how they influence a writer's voice and the success of a piece of writing, and why they must be considered for any good storytelling (true tales, faction, or fiction): action, dialogue, pacing, point of view, backstory, chronology, setting, motive, closeness/distance, and change. Sometimes compared to a ten-day tour of Europe, this workshop explores the ten most important writing tools for fiction, memoir, and any good storytelling in essay, nonfiction, or other genres. You'll spend the day in the community of other writers, practicing these ten tools and applying them to your writing immediately.

Bring a bag lunch and short piece of writing in progress to use during the exercises or start something new in class. For all skill levels.

Comments from past attendees of "Wheel of Ten" workshop
"I loved this workshop. Very useful!"
"Enlightening. Totally changed the way I think."
"I'd recommend this workshop to anyone. My writing now makes sense to me in a different light."
"Best writing instruction I've ever had."

Fee: $120 Returning Moore students deduct $5 For more information or to register, please call the Hudson Valley Writers' Center at 914-332-5953, email, or visit their web site at Mary's new blog for writers is Her web site is