Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Do you ever think about writing for children?

Here's your chance to find out how.

Last Chance To Register!

Writing for Children in Today's Market
with Patricia Hermes
at the Greenwich Arts Council
Thursday, December 2
10 am to 12:30 pm

$55 or $45 for GAC or WWW members

Questions? Email info or call (203)227-3250.

Writing for Children in Today's Market

Today's children's book market is hungry and growing. Publishers are always looking for new voices and new talent. Do you have what it takes to write for children?

If you have ever considered writing for children, or hoping to have your work published in today's vibrant children's market, this two-part workshop with award-winning, full-time professional children's author Patricia Hermes will tell you what it takes to succeed.

First, Patricia will outline the market for children's literature. She will talk about the different ages and genres of children's writing: short stories, picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels and YA or young adult books.

She will also give an overview of how the field has changed in recent years - and it has changed dramatically. Because authors cannot hold on to old notions of writing for children and hope to sell their work in today's market. What was popular - and what sold - twenty years ago - perhaps even just five years ago - is not what sells today.

In the second part of the workshop, Patricia will talk about the writing itself. Because writing for children is very different from writing for adults. In order to write well for children, one must remember what it is to be a child, must remember what the child cares about and fears and hates. One must speak like a child, think like a child, laugh and even cry like a child. Because inside every good writer lives a remembered child -- and the job of a good writer is to unearth that child.

We will make sure to leave plenty of time for Q&A. So bring your questions and your ideas.

Finally, time permitting, there will also be an opportunity for writers to bring your own short piece intended for young readers. These can be read aloud for gentle, encouraging critique. No pressure! No one must read who does not want to read. But the opportunity will be there so that authors can get a feel for how others view their work and how it can be improved.

10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Greenwich Arts Council, 299 Greenwich Ave, Greenwich

$55 ($45 for GAC Members and WWW Members)

About Patricia Hermes

Patricia Hermes is the author of over fifty novels published for young people, from early chapter books to young adults. She has written six historical novels for the Dear America/My America series for Scholastic. Her newest venture is the Emma Dilemma series of chapter books for Marshall Cavendish. Her numerous awards include the New York Library Best Book for Teens award for her nonfiction book, A Time to Listen; C.S. Lewis Honor Book award for her novel, On Winter's Wind; Smithsonian Notable Book award for her picture book, When Snow Lay Soft on the Mountain; and Children's' Choice awards for many other novels. She also won the Iowa, Missouri, Michigan and California state awards for her classic novel, You Shouldn't Have to Say Goodbye, recently reissued by Source Books. She lectures nationally and internationally, speaking recently for the American Embassy School in New Delhi, India, as well as in Bahrain, and other countries. She has also written two adult nonfiction books and published in national magazines. Her books have been translated into seven languages including French, Chinese, Japanese, and Danish.

To Register
Log on to Westport Writers' Workshop and click on REGISTER NOW for instructions for registering by mail or with PayPal.

Westport Writers' Workshop
3 Sylvan Road South
Westport, Connecticut 06880

For questions or more information see www.westportwritersworkshop.com or call (203) 227-3250 or info@westportwritersworkshop.com

Monday, November 15, 2010

Gideon's River Published for E-readers

Dear Writing Sisters,

My book, Gideon's River, was published today as a multi-format ebook at Smashwords. As many of you know, this novel is the story of a mother and her tween son who fight about every little thing, playing out a centuries old drama we could call "the bully and the wimp." Gideon insists on action--and gets himself into scrapes trying to get rid of his temper and fit in with his family. Readers have said, "We like Gideon." This book is for anyone who likes a good story and especially for mothers who watch helplessly as a child loses confidence in himself, for anyone who wishes to somehow help a child retrieve the happiness that is her/his birthright. I hope you'll take time to check it out at Smashwords, where you can sample the first 20% of the book for free.

Here's the link to my Smashwords author profile:

Here's the link to my book page, where you can sample or purchase the book:


Please help me spread the word. Won't you take a moment to forward this email to everyone you know, and ask them to do the same?

Thank you for your support!
Trish Lapidus

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Writing Your Memoir: How To Get Started and Silence Your Inner Critic: Let the Inspiration Flow!

Writing Your Memoir: How to Get Started

Thursday, Nov. 4, 10 a.m. to 12:30 pm


Silence Your Inner Critic:

Let the Inspiration Flow!

Saturday, Nov. 6, 9 a.m. to noon

Register Now!

Both of these programs are recommended for beginners.

Questions? Email info or call (203)227-3250 to find out which workshop is right for you - or both!

If you have ever had the urge to finally set down the story of your life - either for a published memoir or simply to leave a legacy to children and grandchildren - this instructional workshop will offer you the inspiration and practical guidance you need to get started.

Westport author Jessica Bram, founder of the Westport Writers' Workshop and an award-winning radio commentator, will offer a 2½-hour workshop for those who would like to venture into the joyful and rewarding experience of memoir writing.

The workshop will be geared to those with no writing experience, and no advance preparation is necessary. Whether you already have a work in progress, have just done some scribbling, or only just thought to yourself, "I've really got to set down my life story," this workshop will encourage and inspire you to begin.

After discussing various approaches to memoir writing, Jessica will guide participants through the techniques that help open the doors to creative expression of one's personal stories. She will outline many of the writing techniques that make the material interesting and enjoyable, and describe common pitfalls.

In this interactive workshop, participants will be given a brief exercise to inspire writers to begin writing their personal histories. After a brief writing time, participants will be invited to share their beginning work in an encouraging environment. Participants will leave with a handout containing a roadmap for how to continue their work.

"Jessica's presentation of the material was terrific. The fundamentals were well described and illustrated with examples. I believe the lack of questions from the attendees were a testament to how well she presented a large amount of information in a relatively short space of time."  ~ Anne Davies, Westport

Thursday, November 4
10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Greenwich Arts Council, 299 Greenwich Ave, Greenwich

$55 ($45 for GAC Members and WWW Members)

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.

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.

"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, Conn.

"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, Conn.

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

~Jessica Bram


Saturday, November 6
9 a.m. to noon

Westport Writers' Workshop, 3 Sylvan Road South, Westport

COST: $125


How To Register

Log on to Westport Writers' Workshop and click on REGISTER NOW for instructions for registering by mail or with PayPal.

About Jessica Bram

Westport Writers' Workshop founder Jessica Bram is a writer, radio commentator and author of Happily Ever After Divorce: Notes of a Joyful Journey published by Health Communications, Inc. in 2009. Her commentaries, which have twice earned her first prize in the radio commentary category of the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists' "Excellence in Journalism" competition, are frequently heard on the National Public Radio station WSHU during NPR's "All Things Considered" and "Morning Edition." Jessica's personal essays have been published and syndicated in national and regional newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, NY Times HERS column, Child Magazine, Country Accents and the Gannett Newspapers. She was formerly special sections editor of the Fairfield County Business Journal and a freelance journalist.

How To Register

Log on to Westport Writers' Workshop and click on REGISTER NOW for instructions for registering by mail or with PayPal.

Westport Writers' Workshop
3 Sylvan Road South
Westport, Connecticut 06880

For questions or more information see www.westportwritersworkshop.com or contact Katy at (203) 227-3250 or info@westportwritersworkshop.com

Act 11 Counseling& Synthesis- Stratford Center

Act 11 Counseling& Synthesis- Stratford Center

Sat Nov 13 Gaining clarity in the present moment

overcoming codependency & active, receptive, listening skills

Sun Nov 14 Guided Imagery & nondenominational prayer basket; community circle;networking

seminar after lunch on Mindfulness & focusing

Fundraiser for Exceptional Cancer Patients

both days 10:20-3, bring a sandwich, we serve coffee & cookies: bring a journal to write in

Cynthia Russell PhD 203 377-2421 psynnie@aol.com

Call for details and fees; we also offer work swaps & sliding scale when needed

The Legacy Project USA FREE WORKSHOP NOV 4th, 2010 7:30-9:00PM


The Legacy Project USA


How to Create Your Legacy

with Rozanne Gates and Suzanne Sheridan

Thursday, Nov. 4

7:30 to 9 p.m.


To register call 203-557-0408 or (203) 227-3250 to check for availability
Leave a message to reserve your spot.

The Legacy Project


Westport Writers' Workshop

3 Sylvan Road South

Westport, Connecticut 06880

The Legacy Project

Everyone has a story to tell. And the only person who can really tell it right is you.

That is the message being brought to you by The Legacy Project USA at The Westport Writers' Workshop on Thursday Nov. 4 at 7:30 PM.

The Westport Writers' Workshop has invited Rozanne Gates and Suzanne Sheridan, owners of The Legacy Project USA, to its beautiful new location at 3 Sylvan Road South in Westport to explain what is involved with creating a legacy project of your own.

The Legacy Project USA began as a business over one year ago after Gates and Sheridan participated in the well-known national Story Corps program (a program that goes around the country recording people's stories on a limited basis). They wanted to expand on this idea and make it accessible for both entrepreneurs and families to create living legacies to pass to the next generation.

According to Rozanne Gates ...  "To tell your story in your own words, to have it documented in photos, and to be able to pass it on is one valuable way to let people you care about know who you really are. Each project, like each person, is different and unique. Your life is your legacy."

Suzanne Sheridan adds, "The technology now exists which allows us to preserve our stories. There has never been a better time to create a legacy project for your family or business."

At a free presentation to take place at the Westport Writers' Workshop, Sheridan and Gates will share how to bring together the threads of your life to tell a compelling story.

Thursday, November 4
7:30 to 9 p.m.

Westport Writers' Workshop, 3 Sylvan Road South, Westport

COST: FREE but registration is required by calling The Legacy Project at 203-557-0408 or the Westport Writers' Workshop at (203) 227-3250.


How To Register

To register call 203-557-0408 or (203) 227-3250 to check for availability. Leave a message to reserve your spot.

For more information contact The Legacy Project USA at 203-557-0408 or visit WWW.THELEGACYPROJECTUSA.COM.

The essay "After Sunflowers" by Adele Annesi is now available in the anthology Press Pause Moments: Essays About Life Transitions by Women Writers

The essay "After Sunflowers" by Adele Annesi is now available in the anthology Press Pause Moments: Essays About Life Transitions by Women Writers.


Word for Words, LLC
CAPA Authors
Ph (203) 894-1908

See Amazon for Press Pause Moments: Essays About Life Transitions by Women Writers

Visit The Art of Editing in Writing and the Word for Words blog

A New Home Study Course by Judith Barr


UPDATE AS WE GO TO PRESS: With election time here, I feel called more than ever to address again the distortions in our electoral process...and how we can heal them from the inside out! To this end, I have written a more in depth post for my blog PoliPsych called The Election Through The Lens of Powerlessness. To read this post, please visit http://polipsych101.wordpress.com/2010/10/19/the-election-through-the-lens-of-powerlessness/.

I am pleased to announce that a new home study course, based on some of my articles, is now being offered through Professional Development Resources with 2 CE credits available for counselors, social workers, psychologists and other healing arts professionals. To learn more about this course, A Therapist Reflects on the Use and Abuse of Power, Part 1, please visit http://www.judithbarr.com/PowerAbusedPowerHealed/pages/home-study.htm.

I am also happy to be able to share with you the audio of two new interviews . . .

Recently, I joined Alecia Evans and David Bach on Keeping It Real to explore healing our relationship with power, and the impact that healing has on our country and our world.

And . . . on Morning News Weekend with Don Russell, Don and I discussed the roots of the distortions in our electoral process...and how we can heal them.

You can hear the full audio of both of these interviews on my website at http://www.judithbarr.com/PowerAbusedPowerHealed/pages/audio1.htm.

Finally...coming up on Friday, November 19 at 6pm: I will be giving a talk, There's A Bully in All of Us, at The Mental Health Seminar for Relative Caregivers sponsored by The Cornell Cooperative Extension Duchess County Relatives As Parents Program, in Millbrook, NY. I hope those in attendance will find my talk inspiring and informative!




If this has informed you, intrigued you, inspired you . . . please help it inform, intrigue, inspire others by sharing it via Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites.


Judith Barr is a depth psychotherapist and spiritual counselor in private practice in Brookfield, Connecticut. For more than 30 years, she has brought a passion for safety to the healing process and a commitment to help heal the abuse of power in every arena of life. She is one of the first in her profession to seriously and continually focus on the misuse and abuse of power in the healing arts. Her book, Power Abused, Power Healed, addresses this theme in both the healing arts and other arenas of life, and is an invitation to look into the mirror at our own misuse and abuse of power . . . for the greatest, deepest healing possible, individually and globally.

Judith offers workshops, including her life-changing "Healing Our Relationship with Power" series, her series "Making The World Safe from The Inside Out," and individual consultations and sessions for people in all walks of life. To learn more, please contact Jenni Calladio-Nuzzo at 860-824-7923 or 203-364-7918, email Judith directly at JudithBarr@PowerAbusedPowerHealed.com or go to www.PowerAbusedPowerHealed.com .

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Swamp Walking Woman video clip

Dear Writing Sisters,

I hope you enjoy this short video clip about my mythic fairy tale Swamp Walking Woman.

The book is for our green earth and to encourage women to be strong in these hard times.

It's also fun. There are darning needle (dragon fly) helpers, frog helpers, a mean gatoress to fight, and little fireflies to light because a chemical in the swamp has taken their light.

Love, Trish Lapidus


Friday, October 1, 2010

Oct.16 & 17 Stratford Center (next to the public library)

Act 11 Counseling & Synthesis

Are you ready? You'll never be the same again;Life Coaching classes.

Saturday: Meet your Self and your empowerment

Sunday a.m. circle, networking, meditation and guided imagery. (no charge)

After Lunch: What is a sub personality and how does it move you? with Brad Roth, trainer & counselor

Fees for classes with sliding scale as needed. Work swaps. Bring a sandwich & join us for lunch breaks.

All classes are taught by counselors.

For reservation & details: Cynthia P Russell PhD -

203 377-2421

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

The International Women's Writing Guild Presents its 60th Big Apple Conference

The International Women's Writing Guild

Presents its 60th

Big Apple Conference

October 16 & 17, 2010

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Making Meaning from Myth and Memoir

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Open House: Meet the Authors/Meet the Agents

National Arts Club

(15 Gramercy Park South at East 20th St.

near Park Ave., New York City)



Saturday, October 16

9:00-9:30 am: Registration

9:30-10:00 am: Introduction

10:15-12:30 pm: Making Meaning from Myth and Memoir with Maureen Murdock

A one-day workshop exploring the mythic themes used by contemporary memoirists — myths that inform your life as you write:

The elements of memoir writing

Mythic themes

12:30 - 1: 45 pm: LUNCH

1:45 – 5:00 pm: Myth and Memoir (continues)

Readings from contemporary memoirists

Come prepared to look at the myths that inform your life as you write to make meaning from memory

The afternoon will also include a short presentation by Sheila J. Levine on Defamation and related Legal Issues of interest to writers of memoir.



Maureen Murdock, M.A., M.F.T., is a depth psychotherapist and past Chair of the MA Counseling Psychology Program at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara. She has taught creative writing in the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program for the past 20 years, where she received the Outstanding Teacher Award in 1995. She has written a memoir about her mother's struggle with Alzheimer's — Unreliable Truth: On Memoir and Memory — which is also a reflection on the nature of memoir writing. She is the author of three internationally published books: The Heroine’s Journey, Fathers' Daughter: Breaking the Ties that Bind, and Spinning Inward, and is the editor of Monday Morning Memoirs: Women in the Second Half of Life. She teaches memoir writing internationally and her books have been translated into 12 languages.

Sheila J. Levine is a publishing lawyer in New York City. She began her career in Subsidiary Rights at Doubleday and became Contracts and Copyright Manager and Managing Editor at Popular Library, a paperback imprint owned by CBS. She has had her own practice in publishing and intellectual property law for over twenty years, representing authors, agents, and publishers. Her goal is to help clients protect their rights and grow in today’s complex, fascinating, and challenging print and electronic publishing environments.

Sunday, October 17

Meet the Authors (Sunday, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm)

Eleven recently-published Guild authors will speak about their trials and tribulations: How they got themselves published—through an agent, via self-publishing, or by some other means—and how their books are currently being promoted. Questions are invited from the audience

BARBARA BARNUM, Spirituality in Nursing: From Traditional to New Age, Springer Publishing, 2010

JULIE GENOVESE, Nothing Short of Joy, Behler Publications, 2010

RUTH LEHRER, My Book of Ruth: Reflections of a Jewish Girl, AuthorHouse,2010

MAUREEN HOGAN LUTZ, Diamonds in the Snow: Rescuing the Senses in the Aftermath of Breast Cancer, Pendulum Publications, 2010

ROSARY O’NEILL, The Awakening of Kate Chopin and Blackjack: The Thief of Possession, Samuel French, 2010

JAYNE A. PEARL, Kids, Wealth and Consequences: Ensuring a Responsible Financial Future for the Next Generation, Bloomberg Press, 2010

HOPE PLAYER, Find the Numbers for Your Business Plan, Full Court Press, 2010

LYNNE ROGERS, How to Be a Working Actor: The Insider's Guide to Finding Jobs in Theater, Film, and Television, Back Stage Books, 2008

CARREN STROCK, A Writer's Journey: What to Know Before, During and After Writing a Book, Gray Rabbit Publishing, 2010

BARBARA M. TRAYNOR, Second Career Volunteer: A Passionate, Pennywise Approach to Retirement, The Troy Book Makers, 2009

Book Fair of Books by Author Panel



Meet the Agents (Sunday, 2:30 pm to 6:00 pm)

The “Meet the Agents” Open House has yielded wonderful matches between authors and agents over the years. The agents introduce themselves at the podium and speak about their "shop,"; trends in the marketplace, hits and misses. Then, members of the audience seek out those agents whom they wish to meet. After you introduce yourself and speak briefly about your work, the agent will let you know if he or she is interested in hearing from and possibly working with you and how to submit your work.

Agents (plus occasional publishers and editors): Serendipity Literary Agency (Foladé Bell), The Croce Agency (Nicholas Croce), Kimberley Cameron & Associates (April Eberhardt), Diana Finch Literary Agency (Diana Finch), Don Congdon & Associates (Katie Grimm), Sheila J. Levine (Publishing Lawyer), A. Mecke Company (Amanda Mecke), Anderson Literary Management (Christine Mervart), Rita Rosenkranz Agency (Rita Rosenkranz), Regina Ryan Publishing Enterprises (Regina Ryan), and others.



(Attend all Saturday and Sunday events and save up to $70.00, or pay for individual sessions)

Special Full Conference Discount (Both days, all events)

Members: $180.00 Non-Members: $205.00

(a sumptuous buffet lunch is included on both days)

Saturday, October 16 (9:00 am – 5:00 pm)

“Making Meaning from Myth and Memoir”

Members: $125.00 Non-Members: $135.00

(a sumptuous buffet lunch is included)

Sunday, October 17 Full-Day Discount (morning and afternoon sessions)

Members: $125.00 Non-Members: $135.00

(a sumptuous buffet lunch is included)

Sunday, October 18 (10 am - 1:00 pm)

MEET THE AUTHORS Open House & Book Fair

Members: $50.00 Non-Members: $60.00

(a sumptuous buffet lunch on-site may be requested for $25)

MEET THE AGENTS Open House (2:30 PM to 6:00 PM)


Members: $75.00 Non-Members: $85.00

IWWG MEMBERSHIP: $55.00 (online subscription to Network) or $65 (print subscription).

(Members receive discounts on all IWWG workshop fees.)

To join the IWWG online, visit www.iwwg.org and click on the JOIN NOW! button on the right side of the screen.

To register online for the Big Apple Conference and pay with a credit card, visit www.iwwg.org and click on the EVENTS tab and then on the REGISTER ONLINE VIA PAYPAL link underneath the Big Apple Workshop listing.

To register by Mail, send a check to: IWWG, PO Box 810, Gracie Station., New York, NY 10028.

Credit cards are not accepted at the door. Cash and personal checks are accepted.

Registration fees are recorded as they are received. We do not mail out confirmation receipts. For confirmation, call (212) 737-7536. (In the event of your cancellation, payments may be applied to a future IWWG event.)

For further information, telephone or email the IWWG at (212) 737-7536 or dirhahn@aol.com

New Dreamwatch® Blog … the paranormal experiences of ordinary people

Dreamwatch.com has been online for nearly 15 years with stories submitted from at least 11 countries and 26 U.S. states. (Some stories are submitted anonymously so the totals are likely higher.) Dreamwatch stories rotate out with recent submissions at the page top; the oldest are removed. Most writers simply want to share their experience and know that someone believes them. Some are terrified and want the experiences to stop, but all want answers. Read what everyday people—like you and me—are writing about their psychic dreams, premonitions, ghost sightings, and more.

Dreamwatch Blog Launched July 29 2010. Over time (before blogs were invented), site visitors frequently asked for comments about their strange and sometimes frightening experiences. The new Dreamwatch blog opens that dialog. I’ll also be posting thoughts about supernatural subjects and about my fiction writing inspired by those interests. I’m currently revising a paranormal thriller. I intend to post weekly, maybe more often because people are writing about stunning supernatural experiences that I think you’ll want to read about.

I’ve been decluttering and cleaning up the pages of the Dreamwatch site while I work on a structural overhaul and redesign. As a graphic designer in my day job, the site design and web graphics come easy to me but mastering the new software technology for site construction and Search Engine Optimization (SEO) has been a frustrating trial of my patience. I hope to upload the new site by October 1.

More great news. I received the official certificate this month. Dreamwatch® is now a Registered Trademark.

Write about your paranormal experience, comment on a story, or just wish me luck.

Visit the Dreamwatch Site at:



The Dreamwatch Blog at:


Thank you all for your interest and support!

Kathryn Rose Orzech

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Judith Barr - Power Abused Power Healed

This Fall . . . I am delighted to share with you two innovative workshops that will inform, intrigue, inspire, help you heal, and give you a taste of my pioneering work.


Exploring The Roots of Prejudice

Recently I watched two movies in a day. One I was reviewing to possibly share with others. The other came to me on the heels of the first. They were both about prejudice in our world. They both moved me deeply. On the same day I saw several news stories about prejudice today. I walked through my day with my heart feeling the pain of the prejudice in our world and with the question running through my mind, heart, and body . . . Why do we have to do this over and over? From that day and that question, this workshop was birthed into being.

Whether we know it or not . . . whether we want to know it or not . . . we all have currents of prejudice within our psyches. The roots of prejudice, our own and that of others, are based not only in how we were educated and what was modeled for us…but also in more primal experiences from our childhood.

Where does our fear of those who are different from ourselves come from? How can we explore and heal our fear of “the other” and in doing so, heal prejudice in ourselves and our world?

In this unique and innovative workshop, participants will learn about the real roots of prejudice…and about the vast healing that is possible, individually and globally. The workshop will be part conceptual and part experiential – mostly experiential. Some participants will have the opportunity to actively explore the roots of their own prejudices in a piece of work with me. Others will have the chance to explore more receptively through witnessing others, sharing, and working within.

DATE: Saturday, October 23th, 2010, 1pm to 5pm

REGISTER BY: October 2

PLACE: Judith Barr’s Office, minutes from Route 25 and Brookfield Center.

FEE: $65

For more information or to register, please visit:



Aging is a challenging journey for most people. And now, as the baby boomers are beginning to “come of age” we are seeing just how challenging it is. Women aging but trying so to look younger and younger. Men aging but using Viagra and Cialis to try and stay “virile.” Men and women choosing much younger “trophy spouses” in order to appear younger themselves. Having plastic surgeries to erase the signs of aging. People lying about their ages. People buying endless, expensive products to do away with wrinkles and grey hair in an effort to appear more “youthful.” Many feeling "it's too late to . . ." do something or finish something they've always felt called to do. People, young and old, buying into ageist stereotypes: “old people drive slow, walk slow, are slow;” “old people eat tapioca, sleep a lot, are technologically backwards, and are closed minded about anything new;” “old people can’t hear, see, think.”

Many of my clients work with me about what aging brings up in them. Each one finds there are numerous roots . . . some individual and some cultural. But the central root for each of us is deeply related to the primal experiences we had early on in our lives.

Where does your fear of aging come from? How can we explore and heal our fear of “growing old” and in doing so, help to heal that fear not only in ourselves but also in our world?

In this ground-breaking workshop, participants will begin to explore their own fears about aging and contribute to healing their “aging issues,” both individually and on a global scale. The workshop will be mostly experiential and part conceptual. As time allows, participants who volunteer will have the opportunity to actively explore the roots of their own fears of aging in a piece of work with me, or to explore through witnessing others, sharing, and working within.

DATE: Sunday, November 14th, 2010, 1pm to 5pm

REGISTER BY: October 24

PLACE: Judith Barr’s Office, minutes from Route 25 and Brookfield Center.

FEE: $65

For more information or to register, please visit


Also . . . I am delighted to be able to share with you an interview I did with Bob Johnson for his show Authors on Deck, on both Blog Talk Radio and WPKN. You can hear this interview, on the subject of the real roots of tragedies like the recent shooting in Manchester, CT, at http://www.judithbarr.com/PowerAbusedPowerHealed/pages/audio1.htm.

Many blessings in your healing journey.

Judith Barr