Posts Tagged ‘platform-building coach’

October 28, 2019 , 00:13, 18:50, 20:34  Paris times

November 5, 2019, 12:00pm; November 6, 2019, 4:33am California time

To Everyone Who Has Helped Me or Someone I Care About,

Acts of kindness come in countless forms, oftentimes given anonymously.

I thank all of you from the bottom of my heart.

This blog post containing images of Parc Monceau, 8th arrondissement, Paris, France is to Thank You, the benevolent angels in all realms.

Today, October 28, 2019, my plan was to walk through Parc Monceau (enter at the grand gate at Avenue Van Dyck, exit at the grand gate at Avenue Velasquez). Well, Beauty distracted me. Twenty-eight minutes later, I realized I had walked a circle.

That is what I wish for you – may Beauty be with you always – may She lead you to where you need to go or come back to.
























All photographs taken by Teresa Jade LeYung on October 24 and October 28, 2019, Parc Monceau, Paris, France


“Merci beaucoup to You,” says Story Theme Consultant Teresa Jade LeYung

(formerly known as Teresa LeYung-Ryan).




As a story theme consultant, award-winning writer, and platform-building coach for pre-published and published authors, Teresa Jade LeYung empowers her clients to transform their dearest dreams into reality. Whether Teresa is in Paris, France or California USA, she helps writers identify their core themes.


 Writing Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan a Big Fan of Volunteers at EBRPD and Regional Parks Botanic Garden

 In March 2017, I (Teresa LeYung-Ryan) retired from East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD). My last post with the District was at the Regional Parks Botanic Garden  (aka “a living museum” ) as half-time Senior Office Assistant.  Another title would be “Email Pusher” (in my early career, that was called “paper pusher”). Honestly, so much of my work was communicating online, and creating and distributing documents electronically. Interacting with coworkers (at the Garden and District-wide), assisting visitors and callers, and working with volunteers had brought me joy to last a lifetime. I thank each person who has been kind to me.

Today August 5, 2017 at “the living museum” Volunteers will be recognized for their dedication helping Regional Parks Botanic Garden staff accomplish their annual goals and commitments. The Superstar Volunteers during the last 10 years of my career at the Botanic Garden include Ron Clendenen, Rosemary Clendenen, Sue Rosenthal, John Rusk – these folks had received special recognition from East Bay Regional Park District. I had the privilege of working with these four and many other superstar volunteers.  The beloved volunteers who are now angels watching over the Garden include Jenny Fleming, Es Anderson, Jock Anderson, Pat Eckhardt, Carrie Sprague, Miriam Pollock, Wayne Roderick (as you might know, Wayne was Steve Edwards’s predecessor as Botanic Garden Director). By the way, Steve has happily retired too; his successor is Bart O’Brien.

Volunteers, I celebrate you all!

I advise everyone to get a copy of this book – the book that has helped me help my father and my friends and their friends and families. I am NOT a medical student.; this book is for everyday people. Through the stories in Dr. Doidge’s books, I am able to implement changes and find more resources for my parent and friends.

The Brain’s Way of Healing: Remarkable Discoveries and Recoveries from the Frontiers of Neuroplasticity -  the second book by Norman Doidge, M.D.


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I am Theme Consultant/Platform-Building Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan who teaches my clients (writers and artists) how to reach out, not stress out, before and after publication –

* identify themes in your manuscripts so that you can rewrite with ease;

* identify themes in your intellectual properties and create scripts for your websites/blogs, pitches, query letters, press releases, talking-points, one-minute videos, photo slideshows, and the all-mighty blog posts.

Please visit and  for resources.

Coach Teresa’s motto:  “Reach out, not stress out. Help your fans find you BEFORE & AFTER publication”



Dear Everyone,

Today January 21, 2017  women and men are marching (and rallying, standing, speaking, cheering from home) all over the world to celebrate The Women’s March On Washington. I am so proud of everyone.  I am so proud to be a writer and reader. I am so proud to be a daughter, granddaughter, a niece, a sister, a cousin, a wife, and friend and a neighbor. I am so proud to be an American woman.

I am Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan, wishing everyone abundant joy, excellent health and courage!


Teresa LeYung-Ryan with her Love Made Of Heart tote bag - photo by YBK


Theme Consultant & Writing Coach & Platform-Building Coach  Teresa LeYung-Ryan






Update: Colleagues Leon Veal, Judith Marshall, Chandra Garsson, Sheryl Fairchild, Susan Pace-Koch, Dave LaRoche, and of course Cindy Sample and Jennifer Walker have sent their good wishes to Margie Yee Webb via my facebook posting of this blog post.

Margie Yee Webb, author of Cat Mulan’s Mindful Musings: Insight and Inspiration for a Wonderful Life, enjoys promoting her book in person.

Margie says: “I am so excited since I have seen some authors at Apple Hill before and wanted to do an event there. So when Cindy Sample asked me, I said yes!”

10th Annual Art in the Orchard
September 8 & 9, 2012
11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Author Appearance and Book Signing
Rainbow Orchards – #10
2569 Larsen Drive
Camino, CA 95709

Local Authors  Margie Yee Webb (Cat Mulan’s Mindful Musings: Insight and Inspiration for a Wonderful Life), Cindy Sample (Dying for a Dance and Dying for a Date) and Jennifer Walker (Bubba Goes National and Bubba to the Rescue) will be signing their books and talking to fans.

Click here Margie’s calendar of events for details of this fun event.

Click here for Margie Yee Webb’s website to see how this author builds her writer’s platform and fanbase


Click here for El Dorado Arts Council

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Then, on Saturday Sept. 22, 2012, 10:00am – 4:00pm Margie Yee Webb, Rita Lakin (Gladdy Gold mystery series) and I (Teresa LeYung-Ryan) will co-exhibit our books and have fun with our colleagues and fans at the Sonoma County Book Festival in Santa Rosa, CA.  Click here for my webpage of events.


writers' platform-building coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan says: "Reach out, not stress out, to materialize your dearest dreams!"

As coach and author of Build Your Writer’s Platform & Fanbase In 22 Days: Attract Agents, Editors, Publishers, Readers, and Media Attention NOW,  she says: “Whether you are writing fiction or nonfiction, make your name synonymous with the issues you write about.”

Teresa has built her own platform happily. Her first novel Love Made of Heart  is used in college composition classes; available at public libraries; recommended by the CA School Library Association and the CA Reading Association; and archived at the San Francisco History Center. Love Made of Heart and her short play Answer Me Now carry the themes closest to her heart:  mother-daughter relationship; Chinese-American immigrant experience; helping adult-children (of mentally-ill parents) speak openly about the stigmas and find resources for their loved ones.  Click on “Coach Teresa’s Blog”

Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan here to introduce you to a colleague (Mary E. Knippel) who also wears 3 hats:

Your-Writing-Mentor Mary E. Knippel is also the author of The Secret Artist: Give Yourself Permission to Let Your Creativity Shine, is also The Unleashed Homemaker !


The UnleashedHomemakertm says: “Please join us for our upcoming events in 2012…

June 11, 18, 25, and July 2 [Webinar Series – $47 Sping into Summer Special Rate!] Unleash Your Creative Brilliance, (Monday mornings at 11:30 a.m. BONUS live event June 29 TBA.)
June 12 – [Speaker] Living Your Legacy and Sharing Your Story - Pink Passport Society, 5:30 p.m. Jack London Square
June 13 – [Workshop - Free Event] Coaxing Creativity Workshop, Literary Stage San Mateo County Fair, 2 – 4 p.m. San Mateo Event Center (ask me about free tickets!)
June 16 – [Speaker - Free Event] Summer Fun in 2012 - The Connection between Productivity and Creativity – Empowering Women’s Event, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Concord. Day of insight and information with four dynamic speakers, lunch and complimentary parking included, goodies, door prizes, and great networking. Please e-mail me your RSVP for this amazing day!


Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan

Editor, Story Consultant, Platform-Building Coach

Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan has helped over 1,000 writers.

“Reach out, not stress out, to materialize your dearest dreams.”

Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan Having the Time of Her Life as Playwright

Redwood Writers winning playwrights with directors and actors invite YOU to 10-minute plays June 29, 30, July 1, 2012 -- photo by Jonathan Hayden


actress Stacey Marie Kerr and director Lennie Dean review lines in 10-minute monologue Answer Me Now (middle-aged woman asks her dead mother a question) written by Teresa LeYung-Ryan


Lennie Dean directs Stacey Marie Kerr in Answer Me Now by Teresa LeYung-Ryan as Jonathan Hayden sets up shot

Coach Teresa here.  I witnessed the readings of the nine 10-minute plays being produced by Redwood Writers & 6th Street Playhouse in Santa Rosa, California.

Nine plays  – all winners – you’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll laugh some more.  Please tell a friend or two and order tickets to support 6th Street Playhouse and enjoy the show.  Go to:  or call 24- hour voice mail:  (707) 523-4185 ext 1

playwright Teresa LeYung-Ryan (Answer Me Now), actress Stacey Marie Kerr, festival director (and director for Answer Me Now) Lennie Dean and fellow directors, playwrights, actors invite you to the Redwood Writers 10-Minute Plays at 6th Street Playhouse, Santa Rosa, CA June 29, 30 and July 1, 2012

The winning plays and playwrights include . . . .

Running order will be:

Act I

Gravediggers by Gene Griffith

Answer Me Now by Teresa LeYung-Ryan

Special Delivery by Malena Eljumaily

BFF by Jean Wong

Turn The Other by Amanda McTigue

Act 2

Dream Girl by Elizabeth VanPatten

GPS by Harry Reid

There There, Now by Nancy Lockard Gallop

The Play’s the Thang by Elaine Maikovska, J.D.


2012 Performance Dates:

  • June 29 – 8:00 PM
  • June 30 – 2:00 PM & 8:00 PM
  • July 1  – 2:00 PM

6th Street Playhouse – Studio Theater – Santa Rosa, CA
All Tickets: $16.00 – purchase online or by phone

Go to:  or call 24- hour voice mail:  (707) 523-4185 ext 1

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Processing Playwriting: Q&A with the nine winning playwrights
Join the playwrights for a Q&A about their plays, their process, and their experience with having a first production of their works.

  • July 1, 4:30 PM – (following matinee of plays)

6th Street Playhouse - Studio Theater
This event is FREE to the public

actors with playwright Elaine Maikovska and director at reading of The Play's the Thang

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photographer Jonathan Haydens shows director Linda Loveland Reid publicity shots of actors

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July 1, 2012  10:00 AM-12:30 PM


6th Street Playhouse – GK Hardt Theatre – Santa Rosa, CA
Tuition: $10.00 – purchase by phone (707) 523-4185 ext 1

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playwrights Amanda McTigue and Teresa LeYung-Ryan love their director Lennie Dean (center)


actress Stacey Marie Kerr, festival director Lennie Dean, playwright Teresa LeYung-Ryan with The Linda Loveland Reid


playwrights Elaine Maikovska, Teresa LeYung-Ryan, Jean Wong invite you to June 29, 30 and July 1, 2012 performances at 6th Street Playhouse, Santa Rosa, CA


actors in Grave Diggers by Gene Griffith at reading of play


playwright Malena Eljumaily--Special Delivery--with actors Eyan Dean & Monica McKey and director Linda Loveland Reid


Playwrights, directors, actors at readings of nine fabulous 10-minute plays


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Processing Playwriting: Q&A with the nine winning playwrights
Join the playwrights for a Q&A about their plays, their process, and their experience with having a first production of their works.

  • July 1, 2012  4:30-5:00pm – (following matinee of plays)

6th Street Playhouse - Studio Theater
This event is FREE to the public

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Teresa LeYung-Ryan -- Playwright; Author; Editor; Story Consultant; Writers Platform-Building Coach


Maria, Vicki, and other darlings who will not be able to attend–I will get DVDs for you.

Other dear friends, I hope you can make it.


Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan

Teresa LeYung-Ryan helps clients identify themes, universal archetypes, front-story and back-story. As author of Build Your Writer’s Platform & Fanbase In 22 Days: Attract Agents, Editors, Publishers, Readers, and Media Attention NOW, she says: “Make your name synonymous with the issues you write about.” Teresa has built her own platform happily; her novel Love Made of Heart and her short play Answer Me Now carry the theme closest to her heart: mother-daughter relationship. Teresa created the annual “Immigrant Experience Writing Contest” and cheers for all contestants.  for her Blog, events, and other resources.


Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan here.  Who do I coach?  Writers.  I help clients polish their manuscripts and map out their publishing journeys.

Teaching at San Francisco Writers Conference every year gives me the joy of seeing colleagues and meeting other fascinating writers, one of whom being Greg Marcus.  He hooked my attention with his mission statement: “I am a modern-day Abraham who smashes corporate idols and help the chronically overworked find a more fulfilling life.”

I checked out Greg’s  and his May 25, 2012 post “Why Work More Than 50 Hours Per week?” got me thinking about . . .

I was delighted when Greg asked me to guest-blog.

Read more  . . .  about:

Unraveling the Mystery Of Platform

First Step – Understand Your Values and Who You Are


Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan

Editor, Story Consultant, Platform-Building Coach

Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan has helped over 1,000 writers.

“Reach out, not stress out, to materialize your dearest dreams.”

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Greg Marcus says:

Thank you Coach Teresa for a great post. I’ve found that advice for writers is often applicable in business and life. Your post is no exception. Writers are a one-person business, and can’t separate the product from the platform.


Thank you again for giving me the opportunity to guest-blog.  You are so right — the business of being a writer does require the balancing act of writing (producing) and platform-building (hooking attention).  Why get stressed out?  Instead, reach out.

Bethany Lee comments:

Thank you Greg for bringing Teresa to guest post here. This was a very informative post, and as a writer/blogger, I found myself soaking this up because I’m starting to think more about services I can sell via my blog. This idea about having a platform–making your name stand for something–is something I’ve been thinking about lately, and I’m trying to focus in on that. I think I’m close, but I also think there’s more to it than just discovering it yourself–that once you discover it, you have to promote the idea and get people to believe it too–right? Also, I was wondering about these two exercises. How do they help you to discover your platform? In other words, how do I take the stuff I come up with here and apply it to make it a tagline?


Hi, Bethany,

Greg is right-on — your honest responses to the 2 exercises from Day 1 of my 22-day workbook are eye-openers.

Your question:  ” . . . how do I take the stuff I come up with here and apply it to make it a tagline?
My questions to you:
What themes/subject matters compel you to write?
What themes/subject matters hook your attention when you’re the reader?

As my colleague Elisa Sasa Southard (the talking-tagline guru) would say: “Start with I CAN . . . ”
And I say: Speak your name; add the action-verb; complete the statement with how your work helps people.

From now on, introduce yourself with your full name. When someone asks you: “What do you do?”  . . . you answer with a sentence that includes an action verb.


(as a novelist) Through my book Love Made of Heart, I can help mothers and daughters speak from the heart.
(as a narrative nonfiction writer)  Through my essays and speeches, I speak out for those who cannot speak for themselves.
(as a prescriptive nonfiction aka “how to” writer) Through my coaching and workbook, I show writers how to gain fans before and after publication.

Also, you may be asking: “Why 22 days?”
Because . . . when we stick to something for 21 consecutive days, we develop a new habit. Why not gain the wonderful habit of building our platform/name?  On the 22nd day, we celebrate. Everyday is a good day to build your name / fanbase / platform!


Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan
Editor, Story Consultant, Platform-Building Coach


Bethany commented again:

Teresa and Greg, thank you for your responses here. This is excellent. Here’s my answer to the who are you question: I’m Bethany Jo Lee and I can encourage you to keep moving forward in your endeavors. :-) That’s a start, maybe not perfect, but I like the lesson here. I need your 22 day book! :-)

I just bought her book and tweeted it! I’m very excited to read it. :-) Thanks Greg.

Bethany Jo Lee,
Your tagline: “I can encourage you to keep moving forward in your endeavors” is wonderful !
You’ll see how your tagline and the 5 secret keys in my workbook will lead you to bigger and bigger connections.
I’m cheering for you!
Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan
“Reach out, not stress out, to materialize your dearest dreams.”



Writing Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan asks: “If your protagonist doesn’t want anything, then what is the story?”

2012 May 13

Happy Mother’s Day to mother-archetypes all over the world! To honor my MaMah today, I’m watching the movie Garbo Talks (written by Larry Grusin; directed by Sidney Lumit; music by Cy Coleman)  about a son who takes action to get the one thing his dying mother really wants–to meet the movie star Greta Garbo.

One of my favorite scenes in this movie is the conversation (at the beach) between Gilbert Rolfe (the son, portrayed by Ron Silver) and the gay man/kind stranger Bernie Whitlock (portrayed by Harvey Fierstein).  The dialogue shows not only what Gilbert wants but also what Bernie wants.  What Gilbert wants is specific; what Bernie wants is universal.

A photographer who has spied on Garbo before tells Gilbert “. . . she’ll disappear if she sees you . . . ”

When Gilbert finally finds the movie star (after 3 months of doing), he knows that he must make every word count to hook her attention before she runs away.

Then, the monologue by the mom (Estelle Rolfe, portrayed by Anne Bancroft) in the hospital bed as she speaks to Garbo . . . oh my goodness.

Lines are beautifully written, directed, delivered, and edited.  What a story! And the music! I will study the script again.

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Speaking of what a protagonist wants, mothers, meetings, monologues . . . I’ve written a 10-minute play (Answer Me Now–a monologue) about a middle-aged woman asking her dead mom a question.

My play and eight colleagues’ plays will be performed on June 29, 30 and July 1st, 2012 at the Redwood Writers & 6th Street Playhouse Play Festival in Santa Rosa, CA.   I’d love to see my friends there.  Click here for more information. Please email me too and let me know which show you’ll be attending.  I’m at  My ID is:   WritingCoachTeresa .

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Writers, go through your manuscript and look for the “want” on every page. Who wants what in this scene, in this conversation, or passage? How does each character go after (or not) what she/he wants?

Click here for my webpage to get guidelines and editing advice.


Coach Teresa

Editor, Story Consultant, Platform-Building Coach

Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan has helped over 1,000 writers.

“Reach out, not stress out, to materialize your dearest dreams.”


San Mateo County Fairgrounds

1346 Saratoga Ave, San Mateo, CA 94403

Expo Hall, Fine Arts Galleria, Literary Stage

Will There Be Fun Programs for Writers and Readers at the San Mateo County Fair?

Yes! Yes! Yes!  Laurel Anne Hill and David Hirzel had led workshops this past weekend. You’ll see them again this weekend.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

5:00-6:00pm Audio-­book workshop with Kathy Garver!

Have you ever wondered how to find new markets for your writing project?
Do you want to find out more about how audio books are created?
Would you like to learn how to record the audio version of your book?

KATHY GARVER might be best known for her role as Cissy on the hit 60’s
TV show Family Affair, but she’s also an Audie Award winner for narrating books (An Audie is like the Oscar for audio narration).

Excerpts will be read from Kathy’s The Family Affair Cookbook. Visit Kathy’s website:

6:00-7:00pm Author Anna Booth

7:00-8:00pm Pacifica Poetry Forum

8:00-9:00pm Green Tea Band musical act

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FRIDAY, JUNE 17, 2011   4:00-9:00pm (5 hours of fun)

(30 minute mini-workshops – 4:00pm; 4:30pm; 5:00pm; 5:30pm )

Creativity Mentor Mary E. Knippel

Free Family Fun for ages 10 and up! Let’s Play!

• unleash your creative side
• meet your inner artist
• catch yourself having fun
Mary E. Knippel, writer, Creativity Mentor, speaker and workshop leader, conducts workshops on California’s beautiful San Mateo coast in which participants connect with their creativity, focus on fun, and pursue play as a proven method to de-stress and cope with life’s challenges. Mary will help workshop participants discover the secret of journal writing along with experiencing the magic that happens when bits of paper are infused with imagination.


an anthology of stories and poems to be read by the authors

Scheduled to present:
Lisa Meltzer Penn, Editor, Fault Zone: Words from the Edge
Ann Foster
James Hanna
Carole Bumpus
Linda Newman
Laurel Anne Hill
Ida Lewenstein
Darlene Frank
Bardi Rosman Koodrin, Literary Director, San Mateo County Fair



Teresa LeYung Ryan will show you how to gain name recognition, fans, and advocates BEFORE and AFTER publication.

As manuscript consultant and platform-building coach, Teresa LeYung-Ryan helps her clients identify themes, issues, and archetypes in their fiction and nonfiction books and choose the right publishing routes.  Coach Teresa’s motto: “Reach out, not stress out, when building your career.” She’s the author of Build Your Writer’s Platform & Fanbase In 22 Days: Attract Agents, Editors, Publishers, Readers, and Media Attention NOW

Author Teresa LeYung Ryan uses Love Made of Heart to inspire adult-children of mentally-ill parents to speak openly about the stigmas and gain resources for their families.

Coach Teresa LeYung Ryan helps fiction and nonfiction writers build their platforms and fanbases


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1:00-2:00 Science Fiction/Fantasy Open Mic with author Laurel Anne Hill



TERESA LEYUNG RYAN‘s books will be available – please visit author BIRGIT SOYKA’s table

WOW WOMEN ON WRITING, Skyline College, annually hosts  Women on Writing (WOW), a festive literary event in early March that inspires creativity and celebrates community among writers and readers of all ages. Six dynamic WOW leaders will read original poetry and prose .
Participants include:
WOW founder Marijane Datson, coordinator Kathleen McClung, keynote speaker Li Miao Lovett, and ambassadors Georgia Gero, Lisa Melnick and Ellen Woods.

My apologies to those authors who were either added too late or did not respond in time for online PR.
Bardi Rosman Koodrin
Literary Director
San Mateo County Fair

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