The Artists Journey Panel Discussion will be presented on Saturday, June 27, 2015 at 10 AM at Keeton’s Office & Art Supply at 817 Manatee Avenue, Bradenton, FL. Three professional creative women: Lolly Owens, artist, Alice Moerk, musician and Brenda Spalding writer will present a ninety -minute interactive talk focused on their process and personal stories from dream to reality. These stories are offered as a way to inspire and educate the public on the importance of creativity for healthy living. Moderator, writer Ronni Miller will encourage the audience to participate in in a question and answer session. All of the panel participants are board members of the National League of American Pen Women, Sarasota Branch, a national organization for professional, creative women with branches all over the United States. The program is free and open to the public. Please call Keeton’s at 941-747-2995 to reserve your seat.
You’re invited to a SUNDAY SALON
“VIVA L’ITALIA Sunday, February 22, 2015
4:00 PM at Ronni’s studio in Sarasota, FL.
Contact Ronni at RMillerWIO@aol.com for directions. Bring your ORIGINAL piece of writing art, photograph, craft, song or acting preferably with an Italian connection.
The salon, a tradition at Ronni’s, is to share our creativity with like-minded people.
Tea and coffee will be provided.
Ronni Miller will give a book reading and signing of her newest book Cocoon To Butterfly: A Metamorphosis of Personal Growth Through Expressive Writing on April 19, 2015 at 4 PM at Trade Roots 5852 N. Washington Blvd., Arlington, VA. The presentation will include remarks on the value of expressive writing and a mini writing workshop.
Cocoon To Butterfly: A Metamorphosis of Personal Growth Through Expressive Writing by Ronni Miller was recently reviewed in The Pen Woman magazine- Winter 2015. Ronni is the National Outreach Chair for the National League Of American Pen Women. Her book was reviewed by writer Kay Cornelius. The book is available for purchase on Ronni’s website www.writeitout.com.
On December 16, 2014 Ronni Miller was appointed national Outreach Chair for the National League of American Pen Women. As a part of her duties she will generate a column Outreach Speaks for Pen Woman, the national magazine.
On January 2, 2015 Ronni Miller, founder and director of Write It Out® added Life Coach services to her private practice as Book Midwife. She has guided individuals over the last twenty-three years to develop self-confidence, self-esteem and organizational skills through the process of writing manuscripts. As experienced facilitator Ronni offers these same services to those who are unsure of the next phase of life’s path after suffering loss and or life altering events using similar techniques honed in her Write It Out program. Ronni’s unique sensitive and insightful approach enables individuals to connect with their essential selves to evolve and find happiness. Ronni is available in person or through Skype. Call 941-359-3824 or e-mail her at RMillerWIO@aol.com to make an appointment.
Ronni Miller will be interviewed about her journey as a published author at the “Jewish Artists Explore” Program on Sunday March 8, 2015 at the Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, 580 McIntosh Rd. Sarasota at 4:00 PM. The theme of the Program is the “Exodus Process” and how individuals evolve. Ronni will also offer a brief hands-on exercise from her Write It Out® program related to her expertise in expressive writing.
Ronni Miller, award winning author, Founder & Director of Write It Out® will speak on Saturday, November 15, 2014 at 11:00 AM at the Braden River Library, Bradenton, FL on her experiences as a novelist and the process of expressive writing. It is free to the public.
Ronni Miller has extended the hours for her private Book Midwife practice beginning in November, 2014. Ronni will guide you through the process from birth to delivery of your book of nonfiction or fiction. The process of writing a book requires focus and commitment. Encouragement and suggestions from a professional author and editor is invaluable on your journey. Take advantage of the one-hour free consultation to discuss your ideas for a book or management of a collection of pieces planned for a book. FREE one-hour consultation. Appointments in person and by Skype or phone. Call 941-359-3824 or RMillerWIO@aol.com for e-mail.
Ronni Miller, Founder and Director of Write It Out® (WIO) will appear late fall on the internet on the Health Support Network (www.healthsupoortnetwork.org) program. She will facilitate several free on-going video exercises from her Write It Out program guiding individuals to express their stories for the purposes of personal growth and wellness. Ronni celebrates twenty- three years of the WIO program she created and teaches throughout the country and in Italy. Ronni also has a private practice as a Book Midwife, helping people birth their books from concept to delivery.
Book Midwife, Ronni Miller is available to help you birth your book from conception to delivery. Reasonable rates. Contact: RMillerWIO@aol.com
SUMMER WRITING WORKSHOP
award winning author
Thursday 1:30-3:30 PM
June 26, July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, Aug 7, 2014
Tuition: $315 or $310 . for early registration before the first class.
Individual classes @ $50 on request.
Registration: RMillerWIO@aol.com 941-359-3824
Pinehurst Village, Sarasota
e-mail for directions
Cape Cod: August 18-22, 2014 Tuscany: October 19-26, 2014
See www.writeitout.com for details.
Jim read an article in his local newspaper on the work Ronni Miller had done over twenty years with clients, students and expressive writing. He emailed her and briefly described his inability to express feelings that he felt impacted his personal and work life. He wanted to make an appointment. Three months later he is involved writing a novel working through details of his tortured childhood, and has renewed confidence in his ability to express his feelings with friends and colleagues.
Frank came to a Write It Out workshop several months after he suddenly became blind from unknown causes. He thought his life had ended the morning he woke and discovered his world of blackness. Within days of attending class he began to write, something he had never done before, and discovered he could express his sadness and fear through poems. It is several years later and he now has three books of poems and seven awards for his writing and inspires others through lectures on how to find happiness and completeness through expressive writing.
Shirley a teacher passed an outdoor billboard at her local library that advertised in bold letters a creative writing class. Depressed after the birth of her son and a botched delivery as she calls it that caused him irreparable damage she signed up for the class and cried through most of the first sessions until she began to write out her story. The class was supportive. She cried less and wrote more and felt for the first time in months that she was beginning to regain her self worth as she released her guilt at being responsible for her son’s tragedy. Today she has put together a book of poems with her own paintings that illustrate the journey she and her son have taken as he’s grown through the years and how proud she is of his positive outlook and endurance of his physical handicaps.
The above people whose real names are changed to protect their privacy are just a few of the case histories of thousands of others who have benefited by the Write It Out method and program.
Expressive writing also known as emotional writing is one of the best ways to
• reduce stress
• relieve anxiety
• release frustration, anger and sadness
• improve wellness
• improve symptoms of disease
• improve positive thinking.
The Write It Out® program has guided thousands of individuals of all ages over the past twenty- one years to express feelings, memories and experiences through all forms of writing for the purposes of personal growth and wellness. Simple yet powerful exercises in the Write It Out program have encouraged individuals to open up and reveal their inner thoughts and outer experiences through writing. All Write It Out workshops provide a safe, nurturing environment for individuals to share all kinds of writing including journal entries, letters, poems, fiction, essays, articles, speeches, and theater pieces.
The Write It Out program fosters mind body wellness by providing sensory, warm-up exercises and activities that motivate individuals to remember and reveal their experiences through writing. Positive feedback that recognizes honesty of expression in writing builds self-worth and self-esteem. These elements alone add to the process of developing wellness for individuals who have suffered life altering experiences from bodily disease and injury as well as mind-altering conditions from anger, frustration, loss and sadness. The creative act of writing out personal and emotional thoughts feelings and experiences, ridding them from internal stress relieves the burden to the system that may cause health problems.
Expressive writing has been clinically proven by scientific research to reduce stress, relieve anxiety and release anger, frustration and sadness and thereby aids in the process of healthy wellness. The research work of James W. Pennebaker, Ph.D is well known in the field of expressive writing and his books and workbook on the subject have helped thousands of individuals.
Ronni Miller created the Write It Out program in 1992 based on her own experiences as a writer, educator and individual who evolved through her own childhood and adult traumatic experiences through expressive writing. Her story is exposed in her new book Cocoon To Butterfly: A Metamorphosis of Personal Growth Through Expressive Writing that is available on www.writieitout.com her website. Dr. Pennebaker has endorsed her book with the words: “ There is now compelling evidence that writing about your thoughts and feelings on important events can have beneficial effects for your physical and mental health…This is the kind of book that can provide personal insight to the value of writing.”
Some people shy away from writing fearing a lack of confidence with grammar, spelling, and sentence structure. For the purposes of personal growth it is not necessary to know any of the rules of the language in order to express feelings and experiences with words. Expressive or emotional writing is done for each individual alone. You may at some point want to share your story with others, and of course this is entirely possible. What is most important is that you release the thoughts from the internal mind and body in order to feel lighter and healthier. Expressive writing is a simple way to feel relief and welcome wellness.
A few of the places where the Write It Out Program has been Presented since it began in 1992:
Sarasota Memorial Hospital, FL
Center For Building Hope (Formerly the Cancer Community) FL
Women’s Resource Center of Sarasota, FL
Drs. Lerner & Cohen, MD, FL
The State College of Florida, FL
Ringling College of Art & Design, FL
Longboat Key Education Center, FL
Tuttle Elementary, FL
Selby Library, FL
Ulster County Community College, NY
Greenville Library, NY
Bermuda College, Bermuda
La Sosta a’ Busini, Italy
Villa Le Barone, Italy
The Holden Inn, MA
National League of American Pen Women Conference, Washington, DC, FL,
The National Association of Poetry Therapy Conference, MA
National League Of American Pen Women webinar on “The Value of Expressive Writing”
Write It Out® is a motivational and expressive writing program for individuals of all ages. It was founded and developed by Ronni Miller in1992. She facilitates workshops in the US and Italy and has a private practice in Sarasota, FL. See www.writeitout.com for more information.
See the article in the Sarasota Herald Tribune on Ronni Miller’s work with Expressive writing.
A new incubation space for writers to express
feelings, memories and experiences in all genres of writing.
Beginning May 15, 2014 1:30-3:30 PM at Ronni’s studio in Sarasota, FL. Call 941-359-3824 or e-mail RMillerWIO@aol.com for more information.
March 14, 2014: APJA (Association of Professional Jewish Artists) member Ronni Miller recently won the 2nd place award in Flash Fiction for her latest story “Curse Of Brides” from the National League of American Pen Women. The story was inspired by a sculpture by Wolfe Zucker, another member of the APJA community.
The Winter Escapades Salon was held at Ronni’s home studio in Sarasota, FL on Sunday, March 2, 2014. Twenty-two writers and artists attended and shared their work.
Following is an excerpt written by one of the participants an artist and writer about her reactions to the event.
A Sunday Afternoon Salon
by Joni Duane
Having faith my “Tom Tom” would guide me; I drove to an unfamiliar place for an unfamiliar event. As I turned into the subdivision I navigated the curvy road at the posted 15 miles an hour speed limit. Peacefulness settled over me as I passed home after home canopied with vegetation that cast a blue haze in the stillness. I was struck by the variety of one hue, green; there were blue greens, yellow green, Kelly greens as well as saturated greens and less intense greens…
We all had time to meet and greet as we tasted good tidbits with a glass of wine. The ringing of the bell signaled for us to be seated…
Sitting in a circle, those who wanted to, shared their writings…and art…all (shared) their appreciation for the struggle we all go through to create, express and entertain. Thank you Ronni for providing the casual and comfortable atmosphere in which to express ourselves and for your expert guidance and encouragement. What a delightful afternoon. You have opened up a whole new world to me.
Ronni will facilitate her Feel It! Write It! workshops at two Sarasota, Florida Libraries on April 11, 2014 2-3 PM at Gulf Gate Library and April 17, 2014 5-6 PM at the Jacaranda Library. She will speak about the benefits of expressive writing and read selections from her books: Dance With The Elephants-Free your Creativity And Write and Cocoon To Butterfly-A Metamorphosis of Personal Growth Through Expressive Writing. Both books are available through the Sarasota County Library System and for sale on www.writeitout.com her website. The workshops are free to the public.
Ronni will read from Domestic Shorts, her collection of short stories on April 4, 2014 at 1:30 PM at the Center For Building Hope, 5481 Communications Parkway, Sarasota, FL. This event is part of a two day Art Showcase presented by the Association of Professional Jewish Artists. A musical performance will follow the reading. There is no cover charge.
Write It Out now offers a unique, new writing tutor and coach service for students of all ages. This service based on the Write It Out philosophy, methods and techniques has a dual purpose to develop writing skills as well as building self-confidence and self-esteem. Exercises stimulate creativity and imagination and guide individuals to utilize the skills of craft, organization and development. These are valuable skills for students in high school, college and people in the workplace who are preparing essays and work-related materials. Ronni, the Founder and Director of Write It Out personally brings her recognized talents of teaching, sensitivity, listening and insight used in her classrooms to her private students. Award-winning author of fiction stories and a children’s book as well as published writer of books, essays, poems, plays and professional editor and educator, Ronni shares her valuable experiences with her students. In-person, long distance learning by phone, Skype or internet available. Contact Ronni at RMillerWIO@aol.com or 941-359-3824 for an appointment.
Ronni Miller facilitated a successful expressive writing workshop at the Florida State Association National League Of American Pen Women Conference on November 8, 2013 in Daytona Beach, FL. guiding professional writers, artists and musicians to express feelings, memories and experiences to help initiate their creative projects.
Ronni received an award for her adult, fiction short story “Dead” from the Florida State Association National League Of American Pen Women November, 2013.
Join us to share original writing, art, music, dance or theater pieces at Ronni’s in Sarasota, FL. Contact RMillerWIO@aol.com for more information and to reserve a seat.
The popular WIO tradition of giving voice and view to artists, writers, musicians and craft people begun several years ago, will continue on Sunday afternoons beginning in November at Ronni’s home-studio in Pinehurst Village, Sarasota. Dates will be posted on “Events” before November on our website www.writeitout.com Seating is limited so please reserve a spot 941-359-3824 or RMillerWIO@aol.com Pick-up desserts, snacks and wine are welcome.
“EXPRESSIVE WRITING TO BOOST YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM” Bring pad and pen to experience a mini-workshop facilitated by Ronni Miller, Founder and Director of Write It Out® on the power of expressive writing to overcome the impact of illness.
ARTS AND HEALTH OF SARASOTA-MANATEE
NOV. 5, 2013 5:30-7:30 PM The Center For Arts& Humanities 1226 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, Fl 34236
We heard from Karen Winston Weinstein, one of our students and clients and one responsible for my name Book Midwife, “the one who helps people birth their books”, appropriately identifying what I’ve done with clients for the last twenty-two years, who has just published her first book with Peppertree Press of Sarasota.
HUBBY AND THE ROSES, is ready to meet its public! Join the author for a first-in-a- lifetime book signing. Bring family and friends.
Where: Mattison’s 41
41 South Tamiami trail
When: Sunday October 20th, 2013
“The Muse” a performance piece by Ronni Miller was published in The Pen Woman
magazine summer 2013 issue. In addition, “Laundry” her poem was also published in the same issue.
September, 2013. Fall sprung quietly this year in the midst of Indian Summer. One day the leaves were green and almost the next day there were red, gold, yellow and orange leaves dropping on the floor of the kitchen porch where I hung my clothes to dry and ate brunch on weekends. This 1910 rented house in Woodstock, NY has been my late summer and early fall writing retreat and home for a number of years. It’s the place where novels and short stories grew and this year where I finished the first draft of my play Exposed. My “gypsy mobile” packed with manuscripts, books, clothes, bedding, dishes, pots, memories and an artist’s photograph of a chair, isolate on a indoor landing bathed in light from a window. I thought about that chair, its connections to people and home and the symbols it provides for life and for writing and themes for this year’s creative and expressive writing workshops. As always, I believe the fall portends new beginnings for all of us. We’ve been refreshed by vacations and ready now to be creatively stimulated, to open up and discover the richness of ourselves through writing.
Do something for yourself and make an appointment with me, the Book Midwife and together we will birth your book. Appointments are virtual as well as long distance through telephone, Skype or e-mail. See our Write It Out calendar for the writing workshop schedules in Sarasota, Tuscany, Cape Cod and New York.
EXPRESSIVE WRITING WORKSHOP- JUNE & JULY
Tuesday June 4, 11, 25, July 2, 2013 1:00-2:30 PM $100 for four classes, or $28 per session
Dance With The Elephants: Free Your Creativity And Write by Ronni Miller
Cocoon To Butterfly: A Metamorphosis of Personal Growth Through Expressive Writing by Ronni Miller
CREATIVE WRIITNG WORKSHOP – MAY , JUNE & JULY 2013
Thursday May 30, June 6, 13, 27, July 11, 2013 1:30-3:30 PM $180 or $36 per session
Dance With The Elephants: Free Your Creativity And Write by Ronni Miller,
Cocoon To Butterfly: A Metamorphosis of Personal Growth Through Expressive Writing by Ronni Miller
The Best American Short Stories 2012 edited by Tom Perrotta
CONTACT RONNI TO REGISTER
Tuscany Expressive Writing Retreat/Workshop:
July 19-26, 2013
Cape Cod Expressive Writing Retreat/ Workshop
August 19-22, 2013
Expressive Writing Workshop for May
Express life story material in prose or poetry.
Tuesday, May 7, 14, 21, 28, 2013
Pinehurst Village, Sarasota, FL
Register for all four or a single session
Ronni Miller announces that she has openings in her schedule as Book Midwife. If you are in the process of writing a memoir, fiction or nonfiction book and need help to organize and edit your material contact her for an appointment at RMillerWIO@aol.com or 941-359-3824. In person, phone or Skype appointments are available.
Ronni Miller will read from her new book Cocoon To Butterfly: A Metamorphosis of Personal Growth Through Expressive Writing on April 23, 2013 at 1:00 PM. The Reading will be held at the Jewish Federation Campus, Sarasota, FL as a part of the APJA Art Exhibit & Performances. The readings is free.
Register for the Tuscany Writing Workshop. New date is Friday, July 19 to Friday, July 26, 2013 in Panzano, Italy. Registration closes May 1, 2013. See www.writeitout.com for more information.
Read Ronni Miller’s new poem published online on the National League of American Pen Women site as the Poem-Of-The -Week
Beginner to advanced students. Fiction, creative non-fiction and poetry. Write It Out syllabus with writing and reading assignments. Thursdays April 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16, 2013 1:30-3:30PM . Take all six classes at a discounted fee if paid in advance of the first class. Pre-registration for individual classes. Contact RMillerWIO@aol.com or 941-359-3824.
- Ronni Miller will facilitate an on-line expressive writing session through the National League of American Pen Women web-site. This session will focus on expressing feelings, memories and experiences. She will share information about the work of James W. Pennebaker, Ph.D., who has endorsed her Program, and is the leading researcher recognized internationally for his work with expressive writing that supports the importance of addressing emotional issues to gain personal growth. Read more and sign up through the Pen Women web site at http://www.nlapw.org/pen-women-on-line/.
- Ronni Miller’s Write It Out program and the benefits of expressive writing for cancer patients at The Center For Building Hope, Lakewood Ranch, FL were the focus of the cover article “Hands Of Hope” in Doctors: A Monthly Medical News Magazine the May, 2012 issue.
- May 15, 2012. Write It Out and its Director, Ronni Miller, were featured in the cover article of the “Healthy Living ” section of the Bradenton Herald. The online version of the article can be found here: http://www.bradenton.com/2012/05/15/4038393/the-write-stuff-expressive-composition.html.
- Saturday, April 28, 2012. Ronni Miller will sign copies of her new book Cocoon To Butterfly on Saturday, April 28, 2012 from 1:00-4:00 PM at Circle Books, St Armands Circle, Sarasota , FL. The book is part memoir and part how to write a memoir.
- April 21, 2012. Write It Out will have a booth at the annual youth arts festival at Five Points Park, Sarasota, FL. on Saturday April 21, 2012, 9:30 AM-4:30 PM. Copies of Ronni Miller’s children’s books published by Robi Jode Press along with her two books Cocoon To Butterfly & Dance With The Elephants will be available for purchase. Information on workshops for teens and adults in Sarasota, MA, NY and in Italy will be available.
- Ronni Miller was recognized for her work as a judge for the annual scholarship awards in letters to high school seniors in Sarasota and Manatee County, Florida. The awards ceremony luncheon on March 21, 2012 was sponsored by the Sarasota Branch of the National League of American Pen Women. The article “Creativity Awards Given To Students” by Erica Newport appeared in the Sarasota Herald Tribune on April 10, 2012.
- RONNI MILLER’S expressive writing work with cancer patients at the Cancer Support Community at Lakewood Ranch, FL, appeared in the article “Expressive Writing Can Help Cancer Patients” by Susan Hemmingway in the Bradenton Herald on March 27, 2012. Ronni facilitates a popular expressive writing workshop on Wednesday afternoons from 1:00-2:30 PM at the Cancer Support Community at Lakewood Ranch, FL.
- February 24, 2012. Robi Jode Press hosted an evening party for the 20th Birthday of Write It Out and the birth of Ronni Miller’s new book Cocoon To Butterfly – A Metamorphosis of Personal Growth Through Expressive Writing. It was held at the Sarasota Arts Humanities Building in Sarasota, FL.
- October 27, 2011. Ronni Miller has been invited to present a workshop entitled, “Dream Delight: A Write It Out® Expressive Writing Workshop” at the Florida State Association, National League Of American Pen Women Biennial Conference on Thursday, October 27, 2011 from 1:00-2:30 PM. The conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota, FL.
- Ronni Miller will facilitate an expressive writing workshop for the Association of Professional Jewish Artists at their Tranquility Arts Day at the Rosemary Court Wellness Center, Sarasota, FL, on Sunday, October 16, 2011.
- June through August, 2011. Ronni Miller will facilitate an eight-week Write It Out workshop entitled “Fashion Inside And Out- An Expressive Writing Adventure” for Girls, Inc. in Sarasota, Florida. This is part of a unique summer camp offering for girls from fourth to eighth grade in which professional artists and designers are donating their time and talents to develop the concept of inner beauty through the arts. The concept was launched by a member of the Sarasota’s Coalition For Arts And Health.
- May 4, 2011. Ronni will present a program “We’ve All Got A Story”, an expressive writing workshop and lecture on memoir writing to senior residents at Plymouth Harbor, Sarasota Florida on Wednesday, May 4, 2011 from 3-4PM.
- Ronni Miller won a Short Story Competition 2011 award for her story “Above Finn’s” from the National League of American Pen Women in April, 2011
- May 1, 2011. Ronni Miller will appear as a panelist for the 69th Annual Conference for the American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama at the Clearwater Beach Hilton in Clearwater, FL speaking on the benefits of expressive writing for the elderly.