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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.

 

SUMMER WRITING WORKSHOPS

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
Texts:
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

Texts:
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
RMillerWIO@aol.com

REGISTER FOR TUSCANY & CAPE COD WRITING WORKSHOPS

Tuscany Expressive Writing Retreat/Workshop:
July 19-26, 2013
Cape Cod Expressive Writing Retreat/ Workshop
August 19-22, 2013
details: www.writeitout.com
Contact: RMillerWIO@aol.com

NEW EXPRESSIVE WRITING WORKSHOP

Expressive Writing Workshop for May
Express life story material in prose or poetry.
Tuesday, May 7, 14, 21, 28, 2013
1:00-2:30 PM
Pinehurst Village, Sarasota, FL
Register for all four or a single session
Contact: RMillerWIO@aol.com

Book Midwife Openings

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 Reads From Cocoon To Butterfly book

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.

New Date Tuscany Workshop

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.

“When A Home Becomes A Person”

Read Ronni Miller’s new poem published online on the National League of American Pen Women site as the Poem-Of-The -Week

www.nlapw.org/2013/04/04/poem-of-the-week-miller-2/

New Creative Writing Term

Sarasota, Florida

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.

Write it Out / Pen Women Webinar – November 13, 2012

  • 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/.

Cover article on Write it Out in DOCTORS magazine

  • 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.

Feature article on Write It Out published in the Bradenton Herald

Book Signing by Ronni Miller

  • 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.

Write It Out at Youth Arts Fest 2012

  • 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 recognized for participation in Creativity awards to Students

  • 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.

Article on Write it Out published in the Bradenton Herald

  • 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.

Birthday Party Celebration!

  • 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.

Write It Out workshop at the Pen Women Biennial Conference – October 2011

  • 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.

WriteItOut workshop for Tranquility Arts Day

  • 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.

Write It Out Workshop for Girls, Inc.

  • 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.

Special presentation

  • 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.

Fiction Award

  • 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

ASGPP Conference appearance

  • 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.