“WAKE UP AMERICA!” Poetathon Part 2

with Black Arts Movement Historian / Poet Kim McMillon & Guest Poets

Sunday, July 12, 2020

2:00-4:30pm PST; 5:00-7:30pm EST

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Tune in for Poetry that speaks to Freedom, Love, Peace, Equality for All !!!

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POETS:

Dr. Kim McMillon, creator and host of “Wake Up America!”

Paul Corman Roberts

Ayodele Nzinga

Avotcja

Michelle Allison

Safi wa Nairobi

Tarika Lewis

Briana Muñoz

Tureeda Mikell

Lucinda Clark

Kim Shuck

devorah major

Karla Brundage

Michael Young

Necola Adams

Rich Ferguson


Sponsored by Bird & Beckett Books & Music, San Francisco



“Let Freedom Ring” banner created by Dr. Kim McMillon’s intern Elly.


Dear Dr. McMillon, all poets and guests,

See you on July 12th!

I wish you and everyone around you safety, kindness, excellent health,  and sweet laughter!

Sincerely,

Your fan,

author Teresa Jade LeYung, mask by Emily O, July 2020 COVID-19 pandemic

Teresa Jade LeYung

Love Made Of Heart ®
Teresa Jade LeYung, American naturalized citizen of Chinese ancestry, is a manuscript-theme consultant, author of Love Made Of Heart (archived at the San Francisco History Center), Build Your Writer’s Platform & Fanbase In 22 Days, and Talking To My Dead Mom monologues, and, advocate for public libraries and public schools. Teresa speaks out and offers resources through her Blog: http://lovemadeofheart.com/blog/
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Teresa also  encourages everyone to watch the recording of:

  • James Baldwin’s arguments in the debate with William F. Buckley  at Cambridge University (1965) “Has the American Dream Been Achieved at the Expense of the American Negro?” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oFeoS41xe7w
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  • Jeffery Robinson’s lecture on August 24, 2017 “WHEN HERITAGE = HATE: The Truth About the Confederacy in the United States” (full version)What was the American civil war really fought about? Men. Women. Children. Chattel. Slaves. White Supremacy was the reality/truth. Who have been and are writing history books? What we can do to learn from our past and combat systemic racism. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QOPGpE-sXh0



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Sunday, June 21, 2020, 2:00pm-4:30pm PST

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KIM MCMILLON’s

“WAKE-UP AMERICA!” Part 1

POETATHON

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Line-Up of POETS on June 21, 2020, 2:00pm-4:30pm PST

Kim McMillon

John Curl

Rafael J. Gonzalez

Peggy Morrison

Raymond Nat Turner

Zigi Lowenberg

Wanda Sabir

Jose Hector Cadena

Eugene Redmond

Iris De Anda

Sonia Gutierrez

Genny Lim

Avotcja

Kathryn Takara

Kim McMillon, Ph.D. World Cultures emphasis on Black Arts Movement and African American Literature; President of the UC Merced African Diaspora Student Association

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Kim McMillon, Ph.D. in World Cultures (with an emphasis on the Black Arts Movement and African American Literature)!  Historian! Activist!  Historian!  Educator!  Poet!  Playwright!  Performer!  Book Author!
 1.  Why do you believe the issue of racism is important?

2. Do you believe the individual can make a difference in a racist society?

3.  Have you ever been confronted with racism and how did you handle it?

4.  What do you tell your children about racism in the United States today?

5.  Do you believe it is possible to understand racial oppression if you are not a person of color?

6.  The title of the Poetathon is “Wake-Up America.”  What do you see America needing to Wake-Up from?

On June 21, 2020, 2:00pm-4:30pm PST, I, Teresa Jade LeYung, shall be in the audience listening to Kim McMillon, Ph.D. and her fellow poets.

Sincerely,

author Teresa Jade LeYung, mask by Emily O, June 2020 COVID-19 pandemic

 

Love Made Of Heart ®
Teresa Jade LeYung, American naturalized citizen of Chinese ancestry, is a manuscript-theme consultant, author of Love Made Of Heart (archived at the San Francisco History Center), Build Your Writer’s Platform & Fanbase In 22 Days, and Talking To My Dead Mom monologues, and, an advocate for public libraries and public schools. http://lovemadeofheart.com/blog/
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NARRATIVE PATHS JOURNAL Guest Column:

 

Wake-Up America! Part I

June 15, 2020

by Kim McMillon Ph.D.

Kim McMillon, Ph.D.

https://www.narrativepathsjournal.com/guest-column-wake-up-america-part-i-by-kim-mcmillon/

Thank you, Kim McMillon, Ph.D., for sharing your spotlight with us in your guest column “Wake-Up America!” Part 1 where we answered 6 of your 11 questions. Thank you for letting me (Teresa Jade LeYung) speak out through your Question #3.

1.  Why do you believe the issue of racism is important?

2. Do you believe the individual can make a difference in a racist society?

3.  Have you ever been confronted with racism and how did you handle it?

4.  What do you tell your children about racism in the United States today?

5.  Do you believe it is possible to understand racial oppression if you are not a person of color?

6.  The title of the Poetathon is “Wake-Up America.”  What do you see America needing to Wake-Up from?

 

Have you ever been confronted with racism and how did you handle it?

Author Teresa Jade LeYung says:

“I am a sixty-something-year-old female American naturalized citizen, of Chinese ancestry, who has been sleeping a lot since March 16, 2020 (hours before our county was to adhere to COVID-19 ‘Shelter-In-Place’ order) when I experienced racial harassment at the local supermarket.  What happened? A fifty-something-year-old Caucasian man pushed his shopping cart into the right side of my body, and then walked away with his head held high.  When I told friends, they gave support through resources… including www.asianpacificpolicyandplanningcouncil.org/stop-aapi-hate/  to report the incident, and, www.ihollaback.org  to sign-up for Bystander Intervention Training to STOP anti-Asian/American and Xenophobic Harassment.  I kept sleeping. Until I followed through with both resources. Gaining knowledge and skills woke up my brain.

“I didn’t know that I had to stay awake. While heroes from all walks of life were helping communities cope with daily needs during this pandemic, others continued to commit racial injustices. Details of the murders of three Americans – Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd – woke up people from all parts of the world.

 

 ”Wake-Up America!” Part 1, by Kim McMillon, Ph.D.,

Guest Columnist for NARRATIVE PATHS JOURNAL GROUP( “NPJ”) – international literary journal

In Part II  of Guest Column: Wake-Up America!  by Kim McMillon,  we shall answer:

7.       How do you become an ally to those experiencing racial oppression?

8.       The public has not protested the atrocities that have been taking place in our country, but yet during a pandemic, people are taking to the streets to protest the death of George Floyd, why?

9.       How do you believe we can change the world for the better?

10.   As a poet, how would you like to be remembered?

11.   What line or stanza of poetry best describes you?

 

 

“Thank you, Dr. Kim McMillon, for giving us this forum to wake up in unity.”

author Teresa Jade LeYung, mask by Emily O., June 2020 COVID-19 pandemic

Bio:  Teresa Jade LeYung, American naturalized citizen of Chinese ancestry, is a manuscript-theme consultant, author of Love Made Of Heart (archived at the San Francisco History Center), Build Your Writer’s Platform & Fanbase In 22 Days, and Talking To My Dead Mom monologues, and, an advocate for public libraries and public schools. http://lovemadeofheart.com/blog/

Teresa Jade LeYung

Love Made Of Heart ®

 

 

 

 

 

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Bystander Intervention Training to STOP anti-Asian/American and Xenophobic Harassment

May dates completed;

June 3, 10, 18, 25, 2020


Online Training is open to the public.

Sign up at: https://bit.ly/351kWO4 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting
You don’t need a webcam. Just download ZOOM when you receive confirmation (before training time).

The HollaBack! guide:
The one-hour, interactive training will teach you Hollaback!’s 5D’s of bystander intervention methodology. We’ll start by talking about the types of disrespect that Asian and Asian American folks are facing right now — from microaggressions to violence — using a tool we call the “spectrum of disrespect.” You’ll learn what to look for and the positive impact that bystander intervention has on individuals and communities. We’ll talk through five strategies for intervention: distract, delegate, document, delay, and direct; and how to prioritize your own safety while intervening. We’ll have time at the end for practice, and you’ll leave feeling more confident intervening the next time you see Anti-Asian/American harassment online or in person.
READ WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT THIS TRAINING:

“This training gave me new tools to support someone experiencing discrimination. I had always thought my only option was to directly engage with the aggressor, which was terrifying to me. To know I have a lot of other tools I can use will be very helpful.” EM, Oregon State University

 

“I appreciate having clear and effective strategies that can be utilized immediately.” HNN, Bates Center for Purposeful Work

“Before this training, I doubt I would’ve intervened for fear of making things worse, but now I’m confident that I’m equipped with the skills necessary to diffuse any situation I may encounter.” BBB


Please note you must register in advance for all trainings. They will be capped at 1,000 people per session.

 

  • Wednesday, June 3rd at  2:00pm ET / 1:00pm CT / 12:00pm MT / 11:00am PT / 8:00am HST. 
  • Wednesday, June 10th at  4:00pm ET / 3:00pm CT / 2:00pm MT / 1:00pm PT / 10:00am HST.
  • Thursday, June 18th at  7:00pm ET / 6:00pm CT / 5:00pm MT / 4:00pm PT / 1:00pm HST. 
  • Thursday, June 25th at  4:00pm ET / 3:00pm CT / 2:00pm MT / 1:00pm PT / 10:00am HST. 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
The training is currently only offered in English but we are seeking funding to expand it into other languages.

Report a Hate Crime at:

Communities Against Hate https://communitiesagainsthate.org/   
Asian Americans Advancing Justice: Website - https://www.advancingjustice-aajc.org/ 
Hollaback!: Website https://www.ihollaback.org/

I wish you and everyone around you safety, kindness, excellent health, clear water, blue sky, delicious eats, and sweet laughter! Bonne journée!

author Teresa Jade LeYung, Paris 2019, photo by author Mary E. Knippel

As a story theme consultant, award-winning writer, and platform-building coach for pre-published and published authors, Teresa Jade LeYung helps her clients identify their core themes and transform their manuscripts into novels, biographies and memoirs. http://lovemadeofheart.com/blog


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2020 April 12, 17:54 California
2020 April 13, 14:58 California
I wish everyone safety, kindness, and excellent health as the whole world copes with deadly virus COVID-19 / Coronavirus pandemic.
Thank you to all the folks working (being in the frontlines and behind the scenes) to save lives; thank you to the folks for staying home to save lives.

Stay safe and healthy !!

Stay helpful and kind !!

Stay hopeful and beautiful !!
Sincerely,
Teresa Jade LeYung

60 Minutes Australia

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZWK1tun2UJg

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USA

How COVID-19 Spreads, Coronavirus, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Fauci, California Governor Newsom

Dr. Anthony Fauci Answers Trevor Noah’s Questions About Coronavirus

The Daily Social Distancing Show

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8A3jiM2FNR8

Please share this Youtube link with everyone you care about on this planet.  If only this interview would be translated into all languages.

Infectious diseases expert Dr. Anthony Fauci shares what makes COVID-19 so insidious, busts myths about the virus and breaks down why adhering to public health guidelines is paramount.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) in California

Governor Gavin Newsom

https://covid19.ca.gov/


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How to Protect Yourself & Others

this page offers information in 5 languages

 https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html

How COVID-19 Spreads

this page offers information in 5 languages

April 7, 2020  “Fauci once dismissed concerns about ‘silent carriers’ of coronavirus. Not anymore.”

Andrew Romano  West Coast Correspondent
At Sunday’s White House briefing, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the longtime director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, suggested that hundreds of thousands — or even millions — of “silent carriers” may be unwittingly spreading the coronavirus across the United States because they don’t realize they’re infected.
[....] Either way, asymptomatic transmission presents a significant near-term challenge. Several studies have also shown that people infected with the coronavirus are most contagious one to three days before they begin to show symptoms, and researchers in China recently discovered that one asymptomatic carrier had just as much virus in his system as his symptomatic peers — meaning that he was probably just as contagious.

To read entire article https://news.yahoo.com/fauci-once-dismissed-concerns-about-silent-carriers-of-coronavirus-not-anymore-161718057.html

Scientists Probe How Coronavirus Might Travel Through The Air

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As a story theme consultant, award-winning writer, and platform-building coach for pre-published and published authors, Teresa Jade LeYung helps her clients identify their core themes and transform their manuscripts into novels, biographies and memoirs. http://lovemadeofheart.com/blog

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2020 April 3,  18:30 California time

Hello, Everyone,

Remember when American TV gave us PSAs? Public Service Announcements.

Perhaps if Charley & Humphrey (Mr. Pat McCormick) were on television and social media now, they’d be showing us what societal, moral responsibility is – to protect other people.

Even though I may not get seriously ill from COVID-19 also known as Coronavirus , I can get infected, with few or no symptoms, but then, I can infect another person who would then infect a vulnerable person who will then die. What I learned in biology class decades ago and what I’m learning from Dr. Fauci and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) help me do my part.

Be safe! Stay healthy! Be kind!

KTVU Charley and Humphrey "Think for yourself."

 

Scientists Probe How Coronavirus Might Travel Through The Air

https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2020/04/03/825639323/scientists-probe-how-coronavirus-might-travel-through-the-air

 

How to Protect Yourself & Others

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html

How COVID-19 Spreads

Person-to-person spread

Spread from contact with contaminated surfaces or objects

How easily the virus spreads

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/how-covid-spreads.html

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Charley and Humphrey “Think for Yourself”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKowhEtpCbo

and

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

https://www.cdc.gov/

 

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“If Charley & Humphrey (Mr. Pat McCormick) were here to show us”, says Story Consultant Teresa Jade LeYung

 

 

 

 

 

Teresa Jade LeYung

- photo by Mary E. Knippel

As a story theme consultant, award-winning writer, and platform-building coach for pre-published and published authors, Teresa Jade LeYung helps her clients identify their core themes and transform their manuscripts into novels, biographies and memoirs. http://lovemadeofheart.com/blog

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Trevor Noah’s questions about Coronavirus COVID-19 Disease

Dr. Anthony Fauci gives answers that everyone on this planet needs to know, deserves to know.

 

2020 March 30, 03:22 California time

Bonjour, Everyone!

Please share this Youtube link with everyone you care about on this planet. Merci beaucoup!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8A3jiM2FNR8

If only this interview would be translated into all languages.

Dr. Fauci Answers Trevor’s Questions About Coronavirus | The Daily Social Distancing Show

Infectious diseases expert Dr. Anthony Fauci shares what makes COVID-19 so insidious, busts myths about the virus and breaks down why adhering to public health guidelines is paramount.

At around four-and-a-half minutes into the interview, Trevor Noah asks Dr. Fauci about mortality rate and how people have misconstrued the numbers….

Dr. Fauci answers: “… Two things that are important.  Even though you are young, you are not absolutely invulnerable for sure because we are seeing cases… most of them have some underlying disease, but, several don’t.

… young people, in their thirties, forties, who are getting sick, getting into the hospital, requiring intensive care. Still, the overwhelming proportion are the elderly with underlying disease, but every once in a while, you’re going to get a young person, so, if you think you’re completely invulnerable, you are incorrect.

Second issue that is important – that even though you may not get seriously ill, you can get infected, with relatively few symptoms, either asymptomatic or mild, relatively trivial symptoms, but then, you can infect another person who would then infect a vulnerable person who will then die.

A typical example – I’m young, I’m healthy, but you go home, you infect grandma, grandpa, a sick uncle, so, you have a responsibility not only to protect yourself but you also have a societal, a moral responsibility to protect other people…”

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State of California  Governor Gavin Newsom https://covid19.ca.gov/
Everyone is required to stay home except to get food, care for a relative or friend, get necessary health care, or go to an essential job. If you go out, keep at least 6 feet of distance.

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Thank you to Ms. Tang of SolutionsBAC for finding this resource: Questions and Answers section at:

March 26, 2020 Coronavirus unemployment benefits. Here’s who qualifies and how much they get.

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/congress/coronavirus-unemployment-benefits-here-s-who-qualifies-how-much-they-n1169846

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U.S. Senator Nancy Skinner  https://sd09.senate.ca.gov/

March 16, 2020 Senator Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) and Assemblymembers Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) and Buffy Wicks (D-Oakland) issued the following joint statement on the six-county Bay Area Stay-at-Home order:

“During these unprecedented times, it is important that we take care of one another and make decisions that are in the best interest of public health.

“Today’s Order covering six Bay Area counties is a difficult, yet appropriate step to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and protect our families, friends, and communities. It is the right thing to do. This temporary step to stay at home unless absolutely necessary must be followed to reduce the harmful impact of this pandemic. Our County Health leaders are experts in their fields, and they have our best interests in mind.

March 26, 2020 Telephone Town Hall on Financial Relief  https://sd09.senate.ca.gov/news/20200326-telephone-town-hall-financial-relief

Freelancers, Independent Contractors, Artists, Non-Profits – we are eligible to receive benefits during the Coronavirus COVID-19 crisis.

March 20, 2020 Telephone Town Hall About the Shelter in Place Health Order https://sd09.senate.ca.gov/news/20200320-telephone-town-hall-about-shelter-place-health-order

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U.S. Congresswoman Barbara Lee   https://lee.house.gov/coronavirus
“I want to ensure you have the best available information to protect and care for yourself and your loved ones as we learn more about coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) considers the coronavirus to be a severe public health threat. It’s vital you’re aware of the disease and the efforts necessary to prevent its spread.”
Visit  https://lee.house.gov/coronavirus for recording of Congresswoman Barbara Lee’s Telephone Town Hall of March 27, 2020.

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC  https://www.cdc.gov/
Older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 disease.
Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.

These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure (based on the incubation period of MERS-CoV viruses).

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

 

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Please, everyone…

Stay healthy

Stay safe

Stay vibrant

Sincerely,

(photo by Mary E. Knippel)

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Teresa Jade LeYung

As a story theme consultant, award-winning writer, and platform-building coach for pre-published and published authors, Teresa Jade LeYung helps her clients identify their core themes and transform their manuscripts into novels, biographies and memoirs. http://lovemadeofheart.com/blog
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L.E.A.D. is the acronym for

Law Enforcement Against Drugs

ON THE STREET AND IN THE CLASSROOM

STOP SCHOOL VIOLENCE

VISION

To create safer, healthier communities free of drugs, bullying, and violence.

MISSION

We will provide the leadership, resources and management to ensure law enforcement agencies have the means to partner with our educators, community leaders, and families by providing proven and effective programs to deter youth and adults from drug use, drug related crimes, bullying and violence. We are committed to reinforcing the mutual respect, goodwill and relations between law enforcement and their communities.

https://leadrugs.org/

Give Kids the Confidence and Skills They Need to Grow into Happy Healthy Adults

CJ and Liza of L.E.A.D. conduct community outreach in Berkeley, California

 

Cheering for Liza, CJ and everyone who help create safer, healthier communities free of drugs, bullying, and violence.

CJ and Liza of L.E.A.D. conducted community outreach in Berkeley, California.

L.E.A.D.
5 S. Main St.
Allentown, New Jersey 08501
info@leadrugs.com
609-259-2500 | Fax 609-228-6649

Ask about programs in your city.

YES! TO Giving Kids the Confidence and Skills They Need to Grow into Happy Healthy Adults!

Sincerely,

Teresa Jade LeYung

As a story theme consultant, award-winning writer, and platform-building coach for pre-published and published authors,  Writing Coach TERESA JADE LEYUNG empowers her clients to identify their core themes in their manuscripts and career mapping.
http://lovemadeofheart.com/blog

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Teresa Jade LeYung Recommends

2020 Self-Employment/Business  Clinic

with Mary Tang of SolutionsBAC

When:    Saturday, February 29, 2020, 11am – 1pm       

Where:   4530 18th Street (between Ord & Douglas), San Francisco, CA 94114 

Celebrate Life venue – 5 blocks from MUNI Castro station, along #33 Ashbury/18th bus route; street parking available

Facilitator:    Mary Tang  dba  SolutionsBAC

Description: Self-Employment / Starting a Business

 

Want to start your own business but don’t know how to begin?

Perhaps you are already self-employed but want ideas to grow your business?

Attend this event!

Topics:

*  how to set up a new business – needed steps and considerations

*  starting up on a shoestring budget and using planning tools for your venture

*  general tips on filing Schedule C for self-employed individuals (yes, it’s tax time!)

*  inexpensive marketing and Internet resources; networking & getting leads via partnerships

*  where to find your customers; fee setting and working with different types of clients

Bring your questions and let’s brainstorm solutions.

Please Note:  The information being presented are general guidelines. You must consult your own tax, finance, or legal specialist to determine what is best suited for your specific situation. Workshop fee may be a tax-deductible business expense; please verify with your tax preparer.

Workshop Fee

$50 pre-registration by Thursday, Feb 27, 2020; $60 at the door. Celebrate Life Members get a $10 discount.

If you’ve found out about this workshop through  this blog post (published by Writing Coach Teresa Jade LeYung), please tell Ms. Tang and receive $10 discount.

Pre-register and pay via PayPal to the email account:    SolutionsBAC @ gmail.com

If you can’t use PayPal, you can RSVP by Feb 27th to the above email address. Please include your first and last name.  SolutionsBAC will confirm and reply with other payment options. Thank you!

Facilitator Bio: 

MARY TANG has had several careers, working in different industries for nearly a hundred clients and employers – which provided her with broad business experience and insight. She consults for startup companies, nonprofits, private corporations and sole proprietorships – guiding them on cash flow management, policies and processes, improved profitability, planning for sustainability and growth.

Ms. Tang also coaches individuals on career planning, managing workplace issues, and finding right livelihood. She possesses degrees in Business and in Education.

SolutionsBAC for business & career success ~ Getting you to where you want to be!

www.linkedin.com/in/SolutionsBAC

I cheer for Mary Tang, SolutionsBAC, all her clients and students.

Wishing everyone a joyful and prosperous 2020!

Sincerely,

Teresa Jade LeYung

As a story theme consultant, award-winning writer, and platform-building coach for pre-published and published authors,  Writing Coach TERESA JADE LEYUNG empowers her clients to identify their core themes in their manuscripts and career mapping.
http://lovemadeofheart.com/blog

 

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December 28, 2019;  January 25, 26, 2020

By Teresa Jade LeYung

Every year, I sponsor my Immigrant Experience Writing Contest (short stories, essays, monologues) offered through California Writers Club San Francisco Peninsula Branch and The Literary Stage at the San Mateo County Fair  https://cwc-peninsula.org/the-literary-stage/. You do not have to live in California in order to enter any of the writing contests. Some contestants will enter an excerpt from a long piece of work (novels, memoirs) without investing time to rewrite the pages so that the piece would engage the reader with a beginning, middle and ending.

As a theme consultant and a writing coach, and a fan of a few television series, I have found another inspiration when teaching my clients how to show archetype-driven plotlines.

One of my favorite characters is Rhoda Morgenstern in the situational comedy (sitcom) RHODA  portrayed by Valerie Harper.

One of my favorite episodes is “One Is A Number” (Season 4, Episode 4, written by Charlotte Brown). I love this episode because this is a stand-alone piece. I do not have to  know the backgrounds of the characters.  The script clearly shows what the main character (protagonist) wants and how she goes about getting it.

Act 1 – we see relationships, the protagonist’s personality and what she wants.

Fellow: “Rhoda, it was really nice of you to invite me to breakfast.”

Rhoda: “Gary, I did not invite you.” (with a smile)

Gary:  “Well, then it was nice of you not to kick me out.”

Rhoda’s sister Brenda arrives to tell her why she can’t go out to dinner and the theatre with Rhoda tonight.

 

Act 2 – we see Protagonist pursuing what she wants.

Rhoda calls friends; they cannot go with her.

She asks her boss; he doesn’t like going to theatres.

She even asks Johnny Venture, the  fellow she has been turning down; he cannot because he’s judging a beauty contest tonight.

 

Act 3 -  Protagonist reveals what the real Antagonist is.

In her apartment, Rhoda paces, she picks up the theatre tickets and puts them down again.

She gets on the intercom with Carlton the doorman.  She tells him why she doesn’t want to go out alone at nighttime – she fears what people could be thinking of her, how they would judge her.

Archetype:  Carlton is the unexpected ally and mentor

 

Act 4 – Protagonist has overcome Antagonist.

At a restaurant where tea tastes like coffee (Rhoda is escaping from pouring rain), she meets:

- a taxi driver who is eating his spaghetti dinner

- an old woman named Marie who says she is a stewardess on a rocket on the Martian Space Patrol

- the waitress named Bea who says: “What are you doing out on a terrible night like this?”

Rhoda:  “Tonight was a big night for me. I was trying to do something alone.”

Bea: “You married?”

Rhoda: “Divorced.”

Bea: “Sounds like you’re already doing something alone.”

 

Act 5 -Protagonist has been transformed.

In her apartment are her allies – her sister Brenda, Brenda’s boyfriend Benny, Gary, Johnny.

Rhoda comes home.  She says: “I had a great time. It was wonderful.  It’s great to go out alone, I found out. I mean, you meet terrific people…. You would have loved it….”

Her boss Jack arrives.  “You’re not dead.”

Brilliant line.  Rhoda is the opposite of dead.

She has realized a new life. She can go out alone and enjoy herself. She has learned to look at people. She wants to share her discovery with her sister and friends.

They want to leave.

Rhoda says: “You had to be there.  I love you all, even if you didn’t get it.”

“Brenda, look at me. Have you ever seen your sister in better shape?”

After Rhoda closes the door, she reaches into her bag and pulls out Bea’s hat (souvenir from mentor archetype) and puts it on her head.

I love how sitcom character Rhoda Morgenstern shows beginning, middle, and ending  through an archetype-driven plotline! Thank you, Ms. Charlotte Brown!

Cheering for all Writers and Readers!

Story Theme Consultant Teresa Jade LeYung - photo by Mary E. Knippel, creator of Your Writing Mentor

 

 

As a story theme consultant, award-winning writer, and platform-building coach for pre-published and published authors, Writing Coach Teresa Jade LeYung helps her clients identify their core themes and transform their manuscripts into novels, biographies and memoirs. http://lovemadeofheart.com/blog

 

 

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