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The Art of Weaving Research into Historical Fiction and Non-Fiction

Instructors: Sheila M. Byrnes, Maureen Sappéy & Dr. Katie Witek

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Authenticity vs. historical accuracy: Telling a good, believable story set in the past is a tricky balancing act.  This webinar features three experienced writers and researchers who will share some of the lessons they have learned about the process of finding and using reliable sources of historical information and weaving that research convincingly into works of fiction and non-fiction, avoiding common pitfalls along the way.

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Sheila M. Byrnes
A Letters member of the Central New York Branch, Sheila is currently writing a book about her life as a farmer’s daughter in New York. A highly published and widely respected genealogist, teacher and lecturer, Sheila has been providing genealogical research guidance and insights for more than 25 years. She earned her Bachelor of Science, cum laude, in Speech Communication from Syracuse University.

Maureen Stack Sappéy
Maureen is the author of award-winning fiction:  short stories in national magazines, five novels of historical fiction, and non-fiction books about Abraham Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson. Her new work is titled Kindred Spirits: Thomas Jefferson and Aeschylus (2015). She works as a book coach, an editor, and instructor of fiction-writing techniques.  She is a former journalist and college instructor.  She is represented by well-respected Hollywood producers for two of her novels (Letters from Vinnie and The Silver Soldier) for adaptation into film.  Letters from Vinnie is a NY Times recommended epistolary novel about Vinnie Ream, a Civil War era sculptress and a member of the NLAPW in Art, Letters and Music.

Maureen is a Letters member of the NLAPW and serves on the National Board as Entertainment Industry Chair.

Dr. Katie Witek
Catherine (Katie) Witek, NLAPW National Letters Chair, received her Ph.D. in English from the University of Illinois, Chicago. She taught non-fiction writing and 18th century English Literature at St. Xavier University, Chicago, where she co-authored a textbook, Research Writing in the Information Age (Allyn & Bacon, 1999). After a twenty-year career at St. Xavier, she retired to write her first historical novel, The Trial of Misella Cross (Sky Parlour Press, 2012), and is currently working on the sequel.

Webinar participants will learn:

  • What exactly qualifies for the genre of historical fiction?
  • Tips for doing historical research.
  • The value of doing on-site research.
  • Methods of applying that research to writings that center upon historical events and figures.
  • How to write dialogue true to the era.

Conquer your fear of immersing into the past!
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Wired For Creativity

Instructor: Candace Long, NLAPW President

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Candace Long has been in the Arts & Entertainment sector for over 40 years:  as a Performer, Writer, Composer, Theatrical Producer, Branding & Marketing Consultant, Arts Leader and Marketplace Minister.  Known as a multi-gifted visionary, Candace has dedicated her career to empowering others to discover and walk out their God-given calling as a “creative.”

Learning about the true nature of creativity was not an easy journey.  As a fledgling theatrical producer of her award-winning musical A Time To Dance, she lost almost everything when her premiere date fell on September 11, 2001.  During a subsequent 3-year self-imposed “wilderness,” she sought God for answers on how to navigate the creative journey. What she learned changed her life and led to her signature book, Wired For Creativity.

She explains, “The call to create through the arts is desperately needed at this critical time in history. It is always a privilege to have the opportunity like this to share what I learned in the wilderness, for those lessons are worth far more than what I lost.”

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Candace Long
Our NLAPW President is a Music, Letters and Art member, having won awards in all three disciplines spanning over 40 years.

In this webinar, she shares many personal stories of her journey in the entertainment business.  Of key importance to her is being regarded as a creative professional.  Her first entrepreneurial venture was a jingle writing company serving TV and radio clients, leading to many awards in broadcast production.  She helmed Creative Concepts Advertising for some 27 years – helping Georgia-based clients brand themselves in their markets and producing collateral business communications: from logos to brochures to developing new product lines and income streams.

A prolific composer and writer, she has written three books, six screenplays, two theatrical musicals, a multi-media product line and many recordings.  In 2004 she founded Creativity Training Institute to empower other right-brain thinkers.  In 2008 she earned an MBA to help her better understand left-brain thinking, especially since they are the ones who typically control the money!   Her business ventures have also included an entertainment development company, publishing company and a music publishing arm.

A teacher, motivational speaker and marketplace minister, Candace is often referred to as a biblical commentator on “inspired” creativity.  She has unique insights into “hearing inspired ideas.”  Her two most requested workshops are “Understanding the Creative Gifting” and “Hebraic Principles of Dream Interpretation: How God Speaks Through Dreams.”

As creator/developer of the PenWomen Online webinar initiative, she wanted to share this signature workshop with other Pen Women as she approaches the end of her administration.

She is a proud member of the Atlanta Branch.

For more:  www.candacelong.com

Webinar participants will learn:

  • What creativity is and how you can get more of it.
  • Your unique CQ (creativity quotient)
  • Why right-brain people are in such demand now.
  • The 5 DNA markers of the creative process.
  • Why Pen Women are so important.

Prepare for a personal paradigm shift!

Writers Forum: Pitching Your Book for Film & TV

Instructors: Marilyn Atlas, Claudia Ann Reame & Maureen Sappéy

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Navigating Hollywood has its own set of rules. This webinar features three experienced writers and producers who will share the good, bad and the ugly of how to get your project in front of the right people. Each of these women share their journeys with breaking into the Hollywood maze and lessons they have learned along the way, most notably how to discern the difference between reputable producers and the sharks!

Our instructors are walking the walk to translate the written word to film and impact a worldwide culture.

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Marilyn Atlas
An award-winning producer and personal manager of actors and actresses, Marilyn R. Atlas is equally at home in the worlds of film, television, and live theater. Among her credits as film producer are “Real Women Have Curves” for HBO, which won the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival, “A Certain Desire,” starring Sam Waterston, and “Echoes,” which won the Gold Award at the Texas International Film Festival. In addition to producing a variety of programming for the cable/ pay TV market, Marilyn has served as a production consultant on the film “Call Me.” She was also involved as a producer in the development of the MOW “Nightwalker” and “Playing for Keeps.”

Marilyn’s speaking and teaching experience includes Richard Krevolin’s Screenwriting Retreat and the Bill Cosby Writing Program, both at USC. She covers such topics as “Creating for the Actor: Carving Memorable, Inhabitable Characters” as well as intensive courses covering the inception, development and promotion of a script in “The Business of Screenwriting: The Idea – and its Execution.” She also teaches a summer course at UCLA and USC on creating non-stereotypical three-dimensional characters for writers and actors. More recently, Marilyn has been in development on pilots for Showtime and ABC Family.

Claudia Ann Reame
A successful singer and dancer, Claudia began pursuing a writing career where she was subsequently accepted into prestigious Writer’s Programs sponsored by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and Hanna Barbera Animation.  She sold an original animated series to Filmation Studios which was developed by NBC.  She also wrote for the PBS program, “Wonderworks” and was producer/host for public affairs programming for KBSA-TV, Los Angeles and a children’s audio series for Continental and Alaska Airline’s, called “In Flight Programming.”

Claudia worked as an executive assistant to such noted directors as Leo Penn, Bert Schneider, Roy Campanella and executive assistant to the Senior Vice President in charge of all production for the Playboy Channel. Concurrently, for 20 years, she has owned and operated Sound Transcription Service, a post production transcribing service, located in Hollywood , that supplies transcripts and dialogue continuity scripts for editors, documentaries and distribution companies.  Her clients include international and domestic production companies such as, Paramount Studios, Fremantle Media, Original Productions, E! Entertainment, BBC Worldwide, National Geographic, Granada Television, Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and many, many more.

She is currently co-producing a documentary based on the life of her ancestor, noted early Pen Woman sculptor Vinnie Ream. She is a member of the NLAPW in Letters and Music.

Maureen Stack Sappéy
Maureen is the author of award-winning fiction: short stories in national magazines, five novels of historical fiction, and two non-fiction books on President Abraham Lincoln and President Thomas Jefferson. She works as a book coach, an editor, and instructor of fiction-writing techniques. She is a former journalist and college instructor. She is represented by well-respected Hollywood producers for two of her novels (Letters from Vinnie and The Silver Soldier) for adaptation into film. Letters from Vinnie is a NY Times recommended epistolary novel about Vinnie Ream, a Civil War era sculptress and a member of the NLAPW in Art, Letters and Music.

Maureen is a Letters member of the NLAPW and serves on the National Board as Entertainment Industry Chair.

Webinar participants will learn:

 

  • The process involved in pitching books for the film and television industry and a realistic view of the journey.
  • How to find the right person to pitch a project to.
  • How to write a credible query letter to a development executive.
  • How to protect your work during the pitching process.
  • The difference between a Logline, Synopsis, Treatment, Outline and Screenplay and which one(s) executives are interested in initially.

 

Learn how to break through the “Hollywood” maze!

Artist Jamie Tate at work

Artist Jamie Tate at work

Artists Forum: To Jury or Not to Jury

Instructor: Jamie Tate

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Many decisions face todays artists: Do I enter juried competitions, or is it a waste of time? Do I invest in marketing my own work to set my work apart? How does jurying benefit me as an artist? What gets my entry noticed every time? How do I get gallery owners to carry my work?

Our instructor, Jamie Tate, knows more about art competitions than most.

As NLAPW Art Chair for five years, Jamie mounted three Biennial juried arts shows and was at the helm of our online juried art competitions with contests for NLAPW members as well as emerging artists. Jamie served as Executive Director of Mississippi Art Colony, Inc. for 20 years. The Colony launches two juried travel exhibits each year.  In addition, and perhaps most valuable of all, Jamie has entered, been selected into and rejected from numerous prestigious exhibits during her 25 years as a professional working artist.

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Jamie Tate
Jamie has been a professional painter for 25 years, working primarily in acrylic with the occasional mixed media experimentation. Her work is abstract, most often non-objective but sometimes representational, and always inspired and informed by the Mississippi Delta landscape.

She was a recipient of a Professional Development grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission in 2009, and her work was solicited for the Florence (Italy) Biennale in 2011 and 2013. Jamie teaches private classes and conducts workshops. She currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Mississippi Arts Colony, for which she served as Executive Director for 20 years. She has previously served as NLAPW Art Chair for five years, President of the NLAPW Delta Branch, and currently serves the National Board as Ethics Chair.

Webinar participants will:

 

  • Find out why these competitions are good for you!
  • Learn how to put together a professional entry for a juried show.
  • Learn how to frame your work appropriately for exhibits.
  • Learn what judges say maximizes your chances of being accepted.

 

Join us and take your art to the next level!

Composers Forum: Portrait of a Composer

Host: Nina Brooks, NLAPW Music Chair & Panelists: Louise Canepa, Winifred Hyson, Elizabeth Lauer and An-Ming Wang

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Don’t miss this rare opportunity to learn from these classical composers “in person” and hear the work of four of our distinguished Music Members, hosted by Nina Brooks, NLAPW National Music Chair.

Louise Canepa, a member of the Napa Valley Branch, composes classical art songs in Italian, English, French and German, many instrumental piano pieces and ballads for voice and guitar. Composers Forum.graphic

Winifred Hyson, a member of the Bethesda Branch, is a composer with an undergraduate degree magna cum laude in Physics from Harvard University. This unusual background gives her a solid understanding of physical acoustics which governs her harmonic structure and orchestration.

Elizabeth Lauer, a member of the Yucca Branch in Albuquerque, NM, sang before she walked. Like our illustrious foremother Amy Beach, Elizabeth began inventing music (song settings of nursery rhymes and counterpoint) at age four.

An-Ming Wang, a member of the Bethesda Branch, received her musical training first in China and then the United States. Using both influences in her compositions, An-Ming is considered to be among the first group of ethnic Chinese women composers who have crossed over to composing in the Western idiom.

This webinar highlights the artistic journey of these gifted classical composers. Very simply, a composer “hears” what others do not….and are compelled to bring it to life and share it with others. The instruments themselves are their “pens.” Join us to listen not only to each composer’s journey but a sampling of their marvelous work.

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Louise Canepa
A resident of San Francisco, Ms. Canepa’s opera, Sicilians of Monterey had its first staged presentation at the Steinbeck Forum Room at the Monterey Convention Center in 1995—later to be produced at the Italian American Heritage Foundation of San Jose in 1996. Her musical-comedy, Over The Bridge was performed at a premiere performance for the NLAPW Biennial in 2002 held at Fisherman’s Wharf, Holiday Inn, San Francisco. Winner of many awards from NLAPW over the years, Ms. Canepa has recorded three CDs in St. Petersburg, Russia with her professional musicians there, and participated in a joint Music Festival concert held at the Sherametav Palace. She has organized concerts in the bay area featuring the prestigious Rimsky-Korsakov String Quartet under the auspices of the NLAPW.

Winifred Hyson
Childhood summers spent in the wilderness of the Adirondack Mountains are reflected in frequent musical references to the outdoors. A lifelong love of poetry led Ms. Hyson to the creation of many works for voice, including songs, vocal chamber works and choral pieces. Breathing Naturally was originally composed for recently deceased soprano, Lee Beaudoin, and flautist Linda Eagleson, who premiered the work at the year 2000 Mid-Atlantic Flute Fair. Under the North Portico includes all the songs from the musical, Ladies First: Songs, Rhymes and Times of the Presidents’ Wives, which was performed extensively in the greater Washington area during the final decade of the 20th Century. Her publishers include Arsis Press, CPP Belwin, Hansen House, Neil A. Kjos and Theodore Presser.

Elizabeth Lauer
Ms. Lauer’s works comprise songs, choral pieces, chamber music, orchestral and ballet scores, an opera—many awarded, published, and recorded. An accomplished pianist, Lauer is a recitalist, and has also served in chamber groups and orchestras. She has performed on both coasts of the U.S., and in between—including seventeen recitals at New York’s Lincoln Center—plus on the French Riviera. She studied in Hamburg, Germany, the recipient of an extended Fulbright Scholarship. Her work experience includes six years at Columbia Records, as Assistant to the President, Goddard Lieberson, and Associate Producer for Masterworks. Her teaching ranges from in-studio work to university courses, plus many lectures, at several Connecticut and New York libraries, at Juilliard, and for several Adult Education programs.

An-Ming Wang
Ms. Wang’s works include keyboard, vocal, instrumental, chamber ensemble, choral, operatic, and orchestral compositions, performed in the United States and abroad. They are published by the Yueh Yun Music Publishing House, the Santa Barbara Music Publishing, Hildegard Music Publishing Company, Vivace Press, and Gold Branch Music, Inc. Her music is included in CD’s issued by Capstone Records, Albany Records, and EIL of Chicago. Ms. Wang is a member of Sigma Alpha Iota, the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP), the International Alliance for Women in Music, and the National League of American Pen Women.

Webinar participants will:

  • Learn about the unique calling to be a classical composer.
  • Hear how each learned to express their ideas musically, in order to create their own unique bodies of work.
  • Learn more about the practical approach to being a composer and how to make a living through one’s music.

 

Join us for this rare look into the lives of classical composers!

Diana Alishouse, Master Instructor

Diana Alishouse, Master Instructor

Depression Visible: The Ragged Edges of Emotion

Instructor: Diana Alishouse

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This webinar is a bittersweet oral and visual presentation of one woman’s journey to learn how to live a fulfilling and happy life. Through her own experience of the illness of depression, Diana Alishouse created a body of work that has been life changing to many. In this webinar, Diana will share how to recognize the symptoms of depression, and how to find courage to navigate mood disorders to produce life-changing creative work.

Depression alters the way you view the world. Diana Alishouse knows. She’s been there. A longtime sufferer of this typically debilitating mood disorder, she explains, “Writers, artists, and musicians are more likely than others to experience depressive illness. Our emotions are a wellspring of creativity, but we must live in harmony with them, not let them keep us from making our mark.”

From her canvas of depression, she drew inspiration to create a new portfolio: “The Ragged Edge,” exhibited in the DC’s National Museum of Health and Medicine. She followed with a non-fiction book Depression Visible: The Ragged Edge, combining her art and memoir with factual information about mood disorders’ many aspects.

Diana’s mission is to communicate what depression is like – to help others imagine this kind of mental illness so that it will be real enough to recognize when they encounter it.

About the Master Instructor

After graduating from college in 1964 with a degree in social studies, Diana has been a craft-gallery owner, bookkeeper, silversmith, sales rep for a food distributor, school cook, stockbroker, graphic-design studio manager, farm wife, and fiber artist. Any one of those jobs could have become a productive lifetime career, but the ups and downs and ins and outs of her mood disorder resulted in this hodge-podge of jobs. It also resulted in the acquisition of the skills which enable her to reach out to others who have depressive illnesses.

After being diagnosed with major depression and chronic depression in 1985, she set out to learn as much as she could about her illness. In the process of trying to heal, she began to design and make the series of fiber art pieces that would become the Ragged Edge body of work.

Diana now uses her art and writing to spread the word that depression is a physical brain disorder with physical, psychological, cognitive, social, and spiritual aspects. It can be treated successfully in most cases, but first, “…the symptoms must be recognized as symptoms,” she says, “not as lack of will-power or a character defect.”

A Letters and Art member of the Pikes Peak Branch, Diana has a B.A. in Social Studies with a minor in English and is a member of Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA), the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance of Colorado Springs (DBSA-CS), and the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI).

Webinar participants will:

  • Learn how to recognize the symptoms of depression in others and how to help them.
  • Hear how Diana learned to navigate mood disorders to produce life-changing work.
  • Hear how she found the courage to share her journey and what she has learned from doing so.

 

Poetry In Schools

Students Soar Higher Through Poetry

Instructors: Virginia Campbell, Nancy Jurka, Joyce Gregor & Deborah Upton

Join us for an inspiring story of arts in the schools!
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The “Poetry in the Schools Project” has transformed both students and instructors alike in the Colorado Springs, CO area. This extraordinary instructional block is in its second year of encouraging 2nd graders to understand and create poetry.

This webinar brings together four of the program’s original creators to share the inspiring story of a dream turned into action. Watch these at-risk students’ creativity come alive through poetry and gain specific knowledge of the curriculum’s implementation and lesson plans. A must-see for all arts educators and supporters!

About the Master Instructors

Virginia Franklin Campbell has been an Independent Music Teacher for 50 years and is a Music and Letters member of the NLAPW. Former President of the Pikes Peak Branch, she served on the National Board as Fourth Vice President, First Vice President, Music Chair and now serves as Fifth Vice President as well as Co-President of the Pikes Peak Branch. Nancy Godbout Jurka is an award-winning published author, educator, photographer and a poetry and children’s writing judge. She is a Letters Member of the NLAPW and serves as our Letters Credentials Officer. Two other contributors to the curriculum will be part of the webinar: Joyce Gregor, a NLAPW Letters member of the Pikes Peak Branch and arts colleague Deborah Upton.

Webinar participants will:

 

  • Hear how these Pen Women educators turned an idea into a life-changing curriculum.
  • See actual footage of second-graders coming alive writing and reading their poetry.
  • Learn about the teaching points, sequential execution of lesson plans and activities used to engage students.
  • Hear how you can create and implement arts curriculum in your community.

 

Join us for an inspiring story of arts in the schools!
To learn more about this project, visit: www.pikespeakpenwomen.com

Brenda Speer Pikes Peak Branch, CO Intellectual Property Attorney

Brenda Speer
Pikes Peak Branch, CO
Intellectual Property Attorney

Intellectual Property for Creatives

Instructor: Brenda Speer

Tuesday, September 23, 2014
7:00 p.m. EST
4:00 p.m. Pacific

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About the Master Instructor Brenda Speer

Brenda Speer has been practicing law for more than 25 years and has honed her primary area of emphasis, intellectual property law (patent, trademark and copyright), through both private law firm practice and in-house legal department service. She provides legal counsel to artists, entertainers, innovators, companies and individuals in the creative, technological, business and real estate arts.

Brenda is an avid champion in educating and enabling her clients to protect and nurture their valuable brainchildren and other important personal, business and real estate assets. She lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with her husband and her collection of books, fashion accessories and sewing and needlework supplies. Brenda is active in the community and is affiliated with many organizations as a member or board director. One of her favorite activities is playing principal French horn with the Pikes Peak Philharmonic.

Learn more about Brenda at www.blspeer.com

Webinar participants will learn:

 

  • The various forms of intellectual property.
  • Which types of intellectual property apply to and protect your creative works.
  • When you need to seek permission to use another’s creative works.
  • When you should consult with a legal professional regarding commercial exploitation of your creative works.

 

Join us…and ask the questions YOU are dealing with!
 

Untether Yourself…Discover New Horizons of Creativity!

Instructor: Jane Maclean

 

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About the Master Instructor Jane MacLean

Working in pastels or oil, Jane’s paintings usually have historic themes and feature authentic items. Her most monumental work, MAGIC, was a two-year oil on canvas project that stands 6-feet tall and 20-feet wide. The subject, hot air balloons, is not only an important cultural influence in Albuquerque, New Mexico…but it has come to symbolize Jane’s personal artistic journey.

As she explains, “I made a conscious decision to untether myself from familiar ground, glide above the scene and gain a new perspective on what I could create. The result was life-changing.”

Jane is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of New Mexico and President of the Yucca Branch of the National League of American Pen Women. Her paintings can be found permanently installed in public buildings, on book covers in the U.S. and China, and in many private collections.

Learn more about MAGIC at www.JaneMaclean.com

Artist and visionary Jane Maclean, President of the Albuquerque Branch, freely admits that she loves the discovery process. When an idea…a vision…is bigger than life, its call is overwhelming.

If you look at her monumental work, MAGIC, you see the enormity of her vision. The project spanned two years and stands 6-feet tall and 20-feet wide.

How she was captivated by this “vision to impact her community” and execute it is the subject of this fascinating webinar.

Webinar participants will learn:

  • The importance of attitude.
  • How to be open to new opportunities outside your comfort zone.
  • How to get ready to spend time and effort. In other words, work!
  • How to design a plan to bring the work to completion. That includes: Setting goals which determine the subject of your work; Research the subject, materials and supplies; and Identify obstacles and plan to overcome them.
  • How to display your vision. This includes: Advance presentation and its importance…and Securing a location.

 

Join us…and expand your own possibilities!

Spreadsheets 101: Left-Brain Skills for Right-Brain Thinkers

Instructors: Fran Stewart & Candace Long

 

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Never Be Afraid of Spreadsheets Again!
This webinar will de-mystify the “fear of spreadsheets” and show you many ways you can use them to plan and manage your career efforts. We’ll also show you step-by-step how to construct one.

Webinar participants will learn:

  • How to build a spreadsheet

    for your specific needs…using both Numbers (Mac) and Excel (PC & Mac).

  • The how-to’s of constructing a spreadsheet:

    What data to track; How to arrange the data; How to build & modify columns; How to make changes; How to build formulas that produce the bottom line; and much more.

  • How to use them to TRACK things:

    Branch membership, dues and financial spending; Revenue streams; Royalties, inventories and product sales; Characters in your novels.

  • How to use them for ADVANCED projects:

    Discover the revenue potential of a project (called a Pro Forma or Financial Projections); Bid a job & create your own template; Build a realistic budget (for a simple project, or a complex theatrical production); Perform financial analysis to discover trends.

 

About the Master Instructors

Fran Stewart

Letters Member & Treasurer, Atlanta Branch

Fran is an award-winning author who has been mentoring other creative women for years.

Candace Long (left) and Fran Stewart (right) of the Atlanta, GA branch

Candace Long (left) and Fran Stewart (right) of the Atlanta, GA branch

She has 10 published books, six of which are in the popular Biscuit McKee Mystery Series, and is the author of From The Tip of My Pen: a workbook for writers. An expert in spreadsheets, familiar with both Excel and Numbers (the Mac version), Fran serves as the spreadsheet-wielding NLAPW 47th Biennial Treasurer as well as Treasurer for the Atlanta Branch and the Gwinnett Choral Guild of Georgia. She is known for her creative use of spreadsheets, for both business and personal use.

Candace Long

Music, Letters & Art Member, Atlanta Branch
NLAPW 2nd Vice President, Member Finance Committee

After losing almost everything producing her theatrical musical involving a cast and crew of 58, Candace was determined to improve her left-brain skills and discern better ways of implementing her creative visions. She earned an Executive MBA degree in 2008 and began to teach other right-brain thinkers how to incorporate spreadsheets into their career paths. She will demonstrate how she uses them to bid jobs…how to project and pitch new initiatives such as PenWomen Online…how to provide financial trend analysis to organizations such as NLAPW.

Writing Memoirs: 10 Keys That Connect Reader To Writer

Instructor: Janis F. Kearney

Janis F. Kearney Writing Our World Press founder

Janis F. Kearney
Writing Our World Press founder

Janis F. Kearney’s writing journey is not a straight line, and it is because of those turns, twists and sometimes retracing of the old, that her writing life has been so fulfilling. The key to good memoir writing, she is convinced; is discovering renewed joy each time one writes another chunk of their lives. In this 60-min. webinar, Janis shares her story, her passion and her successes in writing her life.

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Webinar Participants will leave the Session:
…with a list of foolproof writing techniques for creating a memorable memoir.
…with a resource list that enhances your life story’s credibility.
…inspired to write your life story – convinced it is worth writing…and, reading.

About the Master Instructor

Janis is President of the Arkansas Chapter of the National League of American Pen Women, and Chair of the Arkansas Writers Conference. Additionally, she is a book publisher and author. She was former publisher of the Arkansas State Press Newspaper, and former Personal Diarist to President William J. Clinton. She has taught memoir writing at the college level, and led writing seminars around the country. The native Arkansan is one of 19 children born to sharecroppers, and cotton farmers. She graduated from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville with a B.A. in Journalism, and completed 30 graduate level hours toward degrees in Public Administration, and Journalism.

In 2003, Kearney founded Writing our World Press, a micropublishing company. The Company’s current slate of books include: the award-winning Cotton Field of Dreams: A Memoir; Quiet Guys Do Great Things, Too – as told by Frank Ross; and Conversations: William Jefferson Clinton…from Hope to Harlem, an oral biography centered around the Clinton presidency and political legacy; Once Upon a Time There was a Girl: a Murder at Mobile Bay; Kearney’s first fiction, and Something to Write Home About: Memories from a Presidential Diarist, her second memoir, nominated for the Small Independent Booksellers Award (SIBA) for 2009. In 2009, WOW Press published Black Classical Musicians in Philadelphia, by Elaine Mack. In 2013, WOW! Press debuted Kearney’s sixth book, Daisy: Between a Rock and a Hard Place, a biographical memoir chronicling the life of civil rights leader Daisy Lee Bates. Her current book project, scheduled for early 2014 release, is Sundays with TJ: 100 Years of Memories on Varner Road; a biographical memoir chronicling the life of Kearney patriarch TJ Kearney – and centered around his special gift of story-sharing.

Plan for Success

Master Instructor: Mariette Edwards

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What are you itching to do? Whatever your Great Work may be, to achieve it you will need clarity, confidence and a plan. In this lively and highly interactive program, you’ll learn:

Why creativity is not enough
Why confidence is a myth and four other common beliefs are too and
Seven steps you can take right now that will turn your desire into results

Bring your dreams and let’s get started on making them happen.

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About the Master Instructor

Mariette Edwards is founder and president of Do Your Great Work, Inc., an executive coaching firm focused on helping high achievers sell themselves, their ideas and their expertise. Her specialty is positioning, packaging and prepping people to win. Edwards’ work as a strategist and coach has been featured in Make a Name for Yourself by Robin Fisher Roffer, Wired for Creativity by Candace Long and 201 Best Questions To Ask On Your Interview by John Kador. Her articles on career strategies have appeared in print and online around the world including The Wall Street Journal, CNN, and CNN London. She is the author of Do Your Great Work: Learn the Rules, Dissolve the Myths that Hold You Back and Start Making It Happen Today, 25 Things You Should Know Before Doing Your Great Work and is a contributor to The Gratitude Book Project: Celebrating 365 Days of Gratitude 2013 and 2014 Editions.

Learn more about Mariette at www.doyourgreatwork.com


FINDING YOUR VOICE – Part 1

The Journey that Beckons Every Writer, Artist or Composer
with Marilyn Lewis-Alim (Poet) & Barbara C. Thompson (Music Education Writer)

This webinar is now available recorded.

Finding one’s signature “voice” is what separates great Writers, Artists and Composers from the rest of the pack.

The journey often takes a lifetime. Some never find it. Still others are content to do what everyone else does. But to the one who presses through the layers of mediocrity to find her vein of gold, something magical awaits: an “a-ha” moment that spills forth with, “This is ME!”

This “a-ha” is what every artist longs for…finding her unique voice in the artistic medium she loves.

Finding Your Voice – Part 1 features two seasoned Pen Women:
• Marilyn Lewis-Alim: Letters Member and Past President of the Huntsville, AL Branch who recently retired from a 14-year career with NASA as an Education Specialist to focus on her love of Poetry.
• Barbara C. Thompson: Art & Letters Member-At-Large, Barbara C. Thompson, author of The Art of Reading Music for Piano and Keyboard and an award-winning oil landscape artist based in the New York City area.

Each will talk about her journey…and we will see and hear samples of their work.

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About the Master Instructors

MARILYN LEWIS-ALIM
Marilyn has spent the bulk of her 40-year career as an educator: an editorial researcher for Reader’s Digest, a curriculum specialist, school system administrator, and as a middle school, high school and college instructor.

She holds a B.A. in English and Education from Spelman College, a M.A.T. in English and Teaching from Smith College, and an Ed.D. in Instructional Leadership from the University of Massachusetts.

Throughout a stellar career, early memories of pre-television days and her grandfather reciting poems and singing original lyrics planted inside of her a deep love of poetry. In college, journalism became her primary interest, but poems somehow found their way to the surface, along with a number of poetry awards. Hesitant to write about the turbulent times of the 60’s and 70’s, she put a muzzle on her “free verse” for many years, having concluded that her poetry was merely therapeutic. Teaching writing then became her passion. Small wonder that her students’ poems eventually captured her attention, and she went on to help them publish many literary magazines.

Her first volume of poetry Alone Together was published in 2001. Currently, she is working on a second volume called Let Me Get My Soul Up Off This Floor.
Marilyn has been a Pen Woman for 12 years and has served as NLAPW Publications Chair for the past three years. She is editing the upcoming Pen Women Press publication, Spirit, Peace and Joy: A Poetry Anthology by Pen Women planned for release in early December.

BARBARA C. THOMPSON
Barbara is an accomplished Writer, Music Educator, and Artist. Since moving upstate to Goshen, New York, Barbara has been a Member-at-Large, but she is the former two-term president of the Manhattan-NYC Branch, NLAPW (2006-2010) and former National Corresponding Secretary (2010-2012).

Barbara holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Ithaca College School of Music, Ithaca, New York, and a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from the State University of New York at Cortland. She holds a New York State permanent teaching certificate for K through 12th grade in both vocal and instrumental music.

For 27 years, first in New York State, then in Florida, she taught all of the band instruments, general music and chorus, conducted school-wide multi-disciplined events and organized music festivals in public schools. As an award-winning writer, her work has appeared in The Tampa Tribune, Writer’s Digest Magazine and Ancestry Magazine.

A self-taught oil artist for many years, Barbara’s photography and paintings were juried into the Salmagundi Club, NYC. In 2011, her painting was chosen to be part of a Salmagundi American Landscape exhibit in Amsterdam…and in 2012, Salmagundi awarded one of her paintings the Dominic DeStefano Award for Excellence.

Today, Barbara teaches piano to students of all ages in Rockland County, New Jersey, and New York State. Her primary goal is writing books to help people enjoy learning music.