Posts Tagged ‘writing workshop’

I grew up with a beautiful mother who suffered mental illness; I’ve witnessed her overwhelming sadness, the stigmas, the not-so-visible scars.

Recently at the Sonoma County Book Festival, I met Ron Shaw, a board member of NAMI-Sonoma County.  Thank you, Ron, for wearing the brilliant NAMI  T-shirt.  Thank you, Rosemary Milbrath, for contacting me. I look forward to presenting my signature writing workshop “Heroes, Tricksters & Villains” at NAMI Sonoma County in 2012. This fun workshop is for all ages–there’s a writer in all of us.


Love Made of Heart inspires adult children of mentally ill parents to speak openly about the stigmas and find resources for their families


Last week was Mental Health Week.  I believe that Every Week is Mental Health Week.

National Alliance on Mental Illness —- At the heart of NAMI’s mission is our grassroots and the sharing of information with people with mental illness, their families, friends, mental health professionals, and the general public. NAMI strives to offer hope, reform and health to our American community through support, education , and advocacy efforts. Research is constantly providing us with new information about the brain and the nature of mental illnesses and, consequently, more effective treatments.


To find a group near you, go to Information Hotline: (800) 950-NAMI Click on “Find Your Local NAMI”

You’ll see the state organization’s contact info.  Scroll down to find a group near you. If you do not see a group in your local community please contact the state organization.



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Teresa LeYung-Ryan says: “Reach out, not stress out, when pursuing your dreams!”

Love Made of Heart inspiring adult children of mentally ill parents to speak openly about the stigmas and find resources for their families.

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

As a manuscript consultant, Teresa LeYung-Ryan loves helping writers identify their themes and archetypes.

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Jelani Harper interviews Marie Elena Gaspari for the Hercules Patch “The workshops are called ‘Writing For Everyone’ because I believe everyone has words to share,” Gaspari said. “Writing is making voices heard, having faith in your creativity and describing the reality of our lives.” Gaspari was talking about the classes she taught at the Hercules Library in June 2011.



“I wake

from a river of dreams

laughing places

long forgotten…”

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July 2011    WRITING GROUP

Friday Morning Group
Fridays 10:30am -1:00pm
July 1 – 29, 2011
Five-week Series: $150.00   $35.00 Drop-In
Location: Pinole , CA 94564

Contact:   Marie Elena Gaspari

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Writing For Everyone: Creative Writing Workshop

Saturday July 16, 2011   1:30PM – 4:30PM
1 Day   Fee: $50.00
Location:  Pinole, CA 94564

Contact:   Marie Elena Gaspari

Marie Elena Gaspari is a compassionate teacher. I highly recommend her classes.


Teresa LeYung-Ryan

Author, Manuscript Consultant,  Writing Career Coach


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