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Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan getting ready to meet Linda Joy Myers so that we can attend Lynn Cook Henriksen‘s book launch together. Joyce Turley is throwing the party for Lynn this afternoon.

 

TellTale Souls Writing the Mother Memoir: How to Tap Memory and Write Your Story Capturing Character & Spirit has the power to move people and change awareness.

What’s the connection?  Lynn Cook Henriksen is immediate past-president of Women’s National Book Association-San Francisco Chapter; Linda Joy Myers is current co-president; I (Teresa LeYung-Ryan) am current Secretary of the Board. We and Joyce are also involved with San Francisco Writers Conference. I’m hoping to see SFWC, WNBA and California Writers Club (CWC) colleagues as we all cheer for Lynn!

Mother-Daughter connection: Lynn’s book TellTale Souls: Writing the Mother Memoir is about how to write your mother memoir; Linda Joy’s memoir is Don’t Call Me Mother and her how-to book is The Power of Memoir; my novel Love Made of Heart and my play Answer Me Now carry the theme closest to my heart: mother-daughter relationship.

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Well, Of course Lynn Cook Henriksen’s book launch was a lovely event.  Joyce Turley hosted the champagne and brownie gala.  Lynn was surrounded by adoring fans/friends.  We are all so proud of her!

TellTale Souls: Writing the Mother Memoir by Lynn Cook Henriksen

 

Guest of Honor author Lynn Cook Henriksen with Joyce Turley and Linda Joy Myers

celebrated author Lynn Cook Henriksen with daughter and sister at book launch

 

celebrated author Lynn Cook Henriksen (with champagne) cheered by friends at her book launch. In photo from left to right: Patricia Morin, Lynn Cook Henriksen, Linda Joy Myers, Teresa LeYung-Ryan, Lynn Scott. Who is the gentleman sitting in sunshine?

 

Lynn Scott (my dear friend) and Patricia Morin with her husband were there too… to celebrate Lynn Henriksen and her new book TellTale Souls Writing the Mother Memoir: How to Tap Memory and Write Your Story Capturing Character & Spirit.

Thank you, Linda Joy Myers, for zooming us cross the bridge, to cheer for our dear colleague Lynn Cook Henriksen, meet her daughter Samantha, run into my pal Lynn Scott (author of A Joyful Encounter: My Mother, My Alzheimer Clients, and Me) and playwright Patricia Morin, see Joyce Turley, eat her signature brownies, and giving me a chance to take photographs of the lovely event.

celebrated author of TellTale Souls: Writing the Mother Memoir Lynn Henriksen signs books for fans at book launch

 

Sincerely,

Coach Teresa

http://writingcoachteresa.com

Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan encourages you to wear your many hats as a writer — work on the craft and your platform at the same time.  Take a look at the exercises in Build Your Writer’s Platform & Fanbase In 22 DaysI can help you polish your manuscript (identify themes, universal archetypes, front-story & back-story) AND coach you on platform-buildingclick here.

 

Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan here to encourage you to pursue more and more resources . . . by visiting my website and this blog on a regular basis to find other people who can help you polish your craft and further build your platform.  If you are not in the vicinity of the events I blog about . . . please look at the names of the people who are referenced in my posts, go to their websites by clicking on the links I provide or your keying their names in a search engine.  The people  I blog about will lead you to their colleagues, and so on.  More ways to build your platform?  See the exercises in Build Your Writer’s Platform & Fanbase In 22 Days.

An Evening of Poetry
Friday – April 27,2012 – 6:15 to 9:30 pm
Flamingo Hotel – Empire Room, 2777 Fourth St., Santa Rosa, CA 95405    707-523-4745   dinner included
Register: http://redwoodwriters.org/conference/poetrynight/

AL YOUNG-Evening Keynote Speaker

From 2005 through 2008, Al Young served as poet laureate of California. Other honors include NEA, Fulbright and Guggenheim Fellowships, the Richard Wright Award for Literary Excellence, and most recently, the 2011 Thomas Wolfe Award. Widely translated, Al Young’s many books include poetry, fiction, essays, anthologies and musical memoirs.

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Petaluma native, Bill Vartnaw is Sonoma County Poet Laureate, 2012-2013.

Bill has a master’s degree in poetics from New College of California. He has been writing seriously for over 35 years. Bill is the author of Concern: for Angels and Suburbs of my Childhood. He is also founder of Taurean Horn Press and has published 14 books. He has spent his life in the service of poetry, often helping his fellow poets behind the scenes of the Petaluma Poetry Walk.

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Juanita Martin is the 1st Poet Laureate, Fairfield, CA 2010-2012. She is an award-winning poet, freelance writer and performance artist. Her poetry appears in journals such as Blue Collar Review, Some Literary Review and Rattlesnake Review.

She’s an active member of Ina Coolbrith Circle, Redwood Writers and Marin Poetry Center.

Juanita at 50, won the honor scroll award in the 2011 National Senior Poet Laureate competition. Juanita is currently working on a book of poetry called The Lighthouse Beckons.

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Redwood Writers NEXT STEP 2012 Conference, Saturday, April 28 , 2012,  8:00 am – 5:30 pm
at Santa Rosa Junior College, Bertolini Student Union, 311 Elliot St., Santa Rosa, CA

Sandy Baker (2012 Conference Chair), Linda Loveland Reid (president of Redwood Branch of California Writers Club), and all the officers and board members deserve big thanks!

Keynote speaker is David Corbett on Beyond the Book: Writing Opportunities in a Multi-Platform Era.”

“Leap into Tomorrow’s Publishing” Luncheon Panel: Laurie McLean, Mark Coker, Charlotte Cook and Joel Friedlander;  Linda McCabe, Moderator

Looks like 20 fabulous presenters will be teaching at this conference that offers 4 tracks:  Craft; Genre; Publishing; Marketing.

To register:  http://redwoodwriters.org/conference/registration/

Craft Track:

9:30 – 10:30 am David Corbett “The Next Step: Finding the Character Behind the Character”

11:00 – 12:00 pm Geri Spieler “Fact Finding for Fiction Writers: Easy Research Techniques to Pump Up your Novel”

1:45 – 2:45 pm Arlene Miller “Grammar: Don’t Skip this Important Step”

3:15 – 4:15 pm Catherine Brady “Revealing Character through Dialogue”

Genre Track:

9:30 – 10:30 am Christorpher Gortner  “Historical Fiction: Stepping Back in Time”

11:00 – 12:00 pm Deborah Grabien  “Jumping into Mystery with Character”

1:45 – 2:45 pm Jody Gerrmann  “Give Your Young Adult Fiction Zap and Zing!”

3:15 – 4:15 pm Abby Bogomolny “Poetry: The Oldest Literature”

Publishing Track:

9:30 – 10:30 am Verna Dreisbach “Fabulous Fiction”

11:00 – 12:00 pm Pete Masterson “Indie Publishing How-To”

1:45 – 2:45 pm Laurie McLean & Verna Dreisbach “Undercover Agents”

3:15 – 4:15 pm Panel: ebooks  “Leap into the Future” Robert Digitale, Scott James, Mark Coker, & Rob Loughran (Kate Farrell, Moderator)

Marketing Track:

9:30 – 10:30 am Frances Caballo  “I’m on Facebook! (Now What?)”

11:00 – 12:00 pm Joel Friedlander  “Author Blogging 101”

1:45 – 2:45 pm Lee Stein  “Getting Found: Using Google (and other tools) to Promote Your Book and Yourself”

3:15 – 4:15 pm Jeane Slone and Suzanne Lang  “Local Steps in Promoting Your Book”

Cheering for all writers and readers!

Sincerely,

Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan

Coach Teresa says: “Reach out, not stress out, to materialize your dearest dreams!”

http://writingcoachteresa.com

As editor/story consultant, Coach Teresa helps her clients polish their manuscripts by identifying their themes, universal archetypes, front-story and back-story.

Build Your Writer’s Platform & Fanbase In 22 Days: Attract Agents, Editors, Publishers, Readers, and Media Attention NOW

Love Made of Heart is used in college composition classes. Thank you, Teachers & Students!

Story Consultant/Editor/Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan celebrating brilliant story-tellers.

All three writers transport Reader to another place another time masterfully: Carol Sheldon (Mother Lode the novel); Mary Jo McConahay (Maya Roads: One Woman’s Journey Among the People of the Rainforest the memoir); and Woody Allen ( Midnight in Paris the screenplay).

How these Authors pull Reader into their story worlds:

Carol Sheldon puts Protagonist Jorie in a blizzard, with no town lights in sight, and it’s almost impossible to steer a steady course with the buggy. . . . One wrong move and the gelding could slip into a ditch . . . .  I need to get to the sheriff’s.  I need to get there soon  . . . .

By the way, Carol Sheldon will be at Book Passage in Corte Madera, CA on Sunday March 18, 2012 at noon!  http://carolsheldon.wordpress.com/ Yours truly Writing Coach Teresa gets to interview Carol on stage at this event!

And, Carol Sheldon will be performing her 15-minute play Three Old Ladies Talk About Sex for Fringe of Marin Festival of New Bay Area One-Act Plays and Solos at Dominican University Campus in Meadowlands Assembly Hall (San Rafael, CA). Carol is in Program I.   Five dates in April 2012 to choose from.    http://www.fringeofmarin.com/performanceschedule.html

 

Mother Lode by Carol Sheldon page 1

 

Mary Jo McConahay hooks in prologue with:   . . .  I never imagined someday my dream clothes would be loose khaki pants, my dream shoes canvas boots.  But something happened when I hit my twenties.  Visiting Mexico City . . .  I saw an exhibit about the Lacandon Maya Indians . . . The year was 1973 . . . .

Maya Roads: One Woman's Journey Among the People of the Rainforest by Mary Jo McConahay

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Midnight in Paris by Woody Allen - movie opens with over 3 minutes of visuals and music only (no human voices)

Woody Allen dedicated over 3 minutes of visuals and music only (no human voices) to show us his story-world –  Paris in day light; Paris in rain light; Paris in night light; the music evokes a sense of longing.

Protagonist Gil’s first words:  “This … is unbelievable!  There is no city like this in the world.”

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To each one of my clients — past, present, future:

Please review your manuscript. Hook Reader with story-world and what your protagonist wants.

Cheering for you and all writers and readers!

Sincerely,

Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan

Coach Teresa says: “Reach out, not stress out, to materialize your dearest dreams!”

http://writingcoachteresa.com

As editor/story consultant, Coach Teresa helps her clients polish their manuscripts by identifying their themes, universal archetypes, front-story and back-story.

Build Your Writer’s Platform & Fanbase In 22 Days: Attract Agents, Editors, Publishers, Readers, and Media Attention NOW

Love Made of Heart is used in college composition classes. Thank you, Teachers & Students!

 

 

Coach Teresa, did you write an article about plotting a writer’s platform for Plot Teacher Martha Alderson?

Martha Alderson, plot teacher, published my article especially written for her: http://www.blockbusterplots.com/resc/teresa.html

Here’s Martha’s introduction:

Teresa LeYung Ryan

I met Teresa more than twelve years ago, before either of us were published. When Teresa’s book, Love Made of Heart, a story about a daughter’s journey to self-forgiveness, was published by Kensington Publishing NY, she gave me credit for teaching her about the difference between front-story and back-story. As she promoted her book, she generously continued to give me credit and, in so doing, helped launch my plot teaching career. I’ve been grateful for her help ever since.

Now, Teresa has crafted a book for writers interested in building a platform for themselves. Early in our careers, the need for a fiction writer to have a “platform” was not great. Today, it’s imperative for all writers to establish a platform for themselves. In her new book, Build Your Writer’s Platform & Fanbase in 22 Days Teresa gives easy to follow steps. I asked her to share some of her thoughts and ideas on building a writer’s platform.

Know Where Your Protagonist Is Going, Plot Your Story; Know Where Your Career is Heading, Plot Your Platform

From Plot Master Martha Alderson you have learned how to plot your story. Now, you might be asking “What is a platform?” and “Why do I need to plot one?”

On page 1 of my workbook Build Your Writer’s Platform & Fanbase In 22 Days, the definition of platform: “Making your name stand for something—to attract targeted consumers who are likely to buy what you have to sell.”

Celebrity authors and best-selling authors have platforms. Authors who want to attract agents and publishers need platforms; authors who want to be their own publishers need them too.

Martha says: “Plot is what happens to the protagonist because of the dramatic action . . . . when the dramatic action changes him/her at depth over time, the story becomes thematically significant.”

The operative words are “at depth” and “over time.”

Just as your protagonist is transformed, so can your platform.

Years ago, when my publisher (who had found me through my agent) offered me a contract, I had 18 months to “think about my platform” (it would take 18 months for my book to go through the channels– from the day I sign the contract to the day when my book would be in bookstores—18 luxurious months to make my name stand for something).

Today, most authors will never experience that luxury. Why? Because even when an author lands an agent, the author’s manuscript or book proposal is often rejected by publishers if the author cannot show that he/she has a fanbase/platform.

You might be saying “I don’t need publishers. I’m going to self-publish.”

I say “Wonderful! Whether you want to sell rights to a publisher or be your own publisher, “invest” in yourself. Grow your fanbase now. Plot your platform. Know where your career is heading the way you know where your protagonist is going. And please… reach out, not stress out.

3 Tips to Get Started–Make Your Name Audible, Visible, Memorable:

1) When you introduce yourself at parties, meetings, conferences . . . enunciate your full name; the person you’re chatting with could be a future fan
Show your full name on name badges and sign-in sheets. If you have a pen name, and you want people to remember you by that name, use your pseudonym. Your phone’s outgoing message—announce your full name.
2) What does your name look like in your email address? Is it something obscure like “cba94111” cba94111@gmail.com ? You’re professional, make your email address professional. Here are mine: “Teresa LeYung Ryan” WritingCoachTeresa@gmail.com (as a writing career coach); “Teresa LeYung Ryan” Teresa@LoveMadeOfHeart.com (as author of the novel Love Made of Heart)
3) What does your signature block look like? Show your full name. Also, if you like adding quotes in your signature block . . . instead of quoting other people, quote yourself. Show email recipients (even family members and friend) something memorable.
Examples:

Sincerely,
Teresa LeYung Ryan, author/writing career coach
http://WritingCoachTeresa.com
“I use my workbook to help writers gain a competitive edge. A platform is not something you stand on. It’s something you stand for!”

Sincerely,
Teresa LeYung Ryan,
http://LoveMadeOfHeart.com
“I use my novel Love Made of Heart to inspire adult-children of mentally-ill parents to speak openly about the stigmas and to gain resources for their families.”

Thank you, Writing Coach Teresa!

This is a sample of the ideas Teresa has to share with you in her new book, on her blog, and on her website. She, along with Elisa Southard — author of Break Through the Noise, has presented every year at the San Francisco Writers Conference to prepare writers for their pitch sessions with agents and publishers. She has helpful information for writers serious about their writing careers.

Thank you so much, Plot Teacher Martha!

If you’d like to read Martha’s interview of me as a novelist, go here: http://blockbusterplots.com/resc/ryan.html

Did you know that you can pre-order Martha’s new book via Amazon? (will be shipped October 2011 or sooner) The Plot Whisperer: Secrets of Story Structure Any Writer Can Master

 

Cheers to fiction and nonfiction writers!

Happy platform & fanbase building!

Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan

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This blog post is to encourage my clients and all the writers who are on their umpteenth rewrites.

When you’re writing a novel, a memoir, or any lengthy story, keeping track of the elements (plotlines, character arcs, archetypes, themes, hooks, foreshadows, metaphors, dialogue, front story, back story, internal monologue, exposition, irony) becomes a monumental task.

My analogy:  The elements in your story make up the pieces of a ten-thousand-piece puzzle.  Revising a piece of the puzzle could mean adjusting all the other pieces, especially when you’ve been rewriting and rewriting. Has your overall puzzle become a fuzzy picture?

Here’s my advice: Work in sections. Start with the first quarter of your story. Print your pages and read them out loud, chapter by chapter.  As you read, take notes; use color coding to track each element.  Example:  you might use yellow highlight to track your “hooks.”  Whatever method you choose to track, ask yourself these questions:  What’s my intent to introduce this hook?  Am I going to keep the reader engaged by re-baiting this hook in successive chapters?  At what point will I satisfy the reader by releasing the hook (delivering the “aha” moment)?

Happy rewriting and tracking!

I salute you!

Coach Teresa LeYung Ryan

author / manuscript consultant / writing career coach

author of Love Made of Heart (the story that inspires adult-children of mentally-ill parents to speak openly about the stigmas and to gain resources for their families)

author of Build Your Writer’s Platform & Fanbase In 22 Days: Attract Agents, Editors, Publishers, Readers, and Media Attention NOW

http://writingcoachteresa.com

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