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Where Have I Been? Oh, a Little Place Called Costa Rica

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I know, you’re probably wondering if I’m dead or alive.

Sorry playahs, this gal has been joyfully dabbling in Costa Rica. It’s my third time returning to the land of “Pura Vida” and just when I assume I’ll get sick of it, this unique country always draws me in.

The true reason I stepped back into Costa Rica was for another writer’s retreat in Puerto Viejo!

Even though Leigh and I courted a smaller group this time, each woman brought so much to the table. A life well lived, full of wisdom, and the willingness to let us guide them for a brief seven days.

November 23rd, 2015|Categories: Costa Rica, Creative Writing, Write|Tags: , , , |6 Comments

Creative Revolution Retreats: November in Costa Rica!

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You know about the yearly retreats that Leigh Shulman and I organize? Well, I’m heading to Costa Rica again in November!

We’re going back to the same awesome resort, Samasati Nature Retreat, a jungle paradise that expands 250 acres, overlooking the Caribbean Sea.

10 women are invited to join us from November 1-8, for 7-days of sisterhood and writing.

August 24th, 2015|Categories: Creative Writing, Write|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Marketing Tips for Your Writing Event

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You’ve come up with a fantastic idea — one that will launch your brand to the next level.

You think, “Hey, I know tons about writing, I should share that knowledge with my minions!” That heck yeah, you’re going to create an external writing event, like a workshop or retreat, with the assurance that people will flock in droves.

This scenario is very close to reality. Recently, a colleague of mine who concentrates on blogging tips for women emailed me in a flurry of excitement: You inspired me! I’m going to do a blogging retreat, and wanted your advice about pricing.”

Whoah. Hold up. As creative, but ambitious beings we’re keen to build our empires, adding products that we assume our audience wants, BUT if you aren’t paying attention, what you’ll end up with is an empty room, holding the bill for a place you couldn’t fill.

March 30th, 2015|Categories: Write|Tags: , , |4 Comments

Creative Revolution: What Can One Week of Writing Do?

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“It was magical.”

This phrase has been used and misused in a crapload of poorly written articles.

But my week in Costa Rica really was magical.

It seemed like I lost my mind — announcing that Leigh Shulman and I were launching a writer’s retreat for women only, to inspire them to get writing and believe in their damn selves.

February 16th, 2015|Categories: Creative Writing, Write|Tags: , , , |13 Comments

What Are my Upcoming Plans for This Week?

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I’m taking a brief break from Panama and heading to a place that I recently discovered for a special purpose!

I’m still pinching myself that all our hard work paid off.

It was a risk for both Leigh and I to take — when previously our work involved solo efforts (with my occasional team project).

February 2nd, 2015|Categories: Write|Tags: , , |6 Comments

Book of the Month: Unconventional Guide to Freelance Writing

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The good news: there’s a broad market for freelance writing. You can quit your day job and get paid for your writing skills.

The sober news: how in the heck do you get started?

Chris Guillebeau is on fire, has been for a long while. Right now he’s ripping through a nationwide book tour of his latest book, The Happiness of Pursuit, documenting his quest to visit every country in the world and the lessons he learned along the way.

He’s also the founder of  Unconventional Guides, which were designed to give people tools to create something for themselves or craft a life they want.

Bluntly put, he hires smart writers to convey those ideas.

His guide to freelance writing is no different.

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But whoah, wait… what about me?

YES, I am also a freelance writer. I’ve done travel writing, copy writing, educational writing and creative writing. Things I promise to talk more about on this site and in my monthly newsletter.

Right now my brain is lodged with finishing my book that I promised you a hundred years ago.. if you remember that?

Anyway, enough about me.

October 6th, 2014|Categories: Book of the Month, Write|Tags: , , |6 Comments