“I’ve always felt that my ‘style’—the careful projection onto paper of who I think I am—was my only marketable asset, the only possession that might set me apart from other writers.” ---William Zinsser

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Sharing Our Gifts

Sharing Our Gifts (Artist’s Way) Retreat, co-hosted with Joan Barris, co-owner of the Idlewyld Bed and Breakfast in historic Lakeside, Ohio, is a women’s weekend of sharing creativity, relaxing, and experiencing exuberant joy.  This year’s retreat takes place October 14-16 at the Idlewyld.  Plans for this year include our traditional Friday night sharing session, creativity kiosks, book discussion, and the annual leave-taking teatime.  Walk, talk, and share with other women at this Artist’s Way-inspired retreat.  Please contact Joan at barrisjr@aol.com or Claudia at ctallerwrites@wowway.com for more information.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

On Writing a Book with Pictures

Writer Deanna Adams and I share more than a love for words and roots in northeastern Ohio. We both have struggled to come up with historical pictures for full-length books. Even though pictures can tell a story, it's the words that go with the pictures that give the image depth. We hope to help you find depth in your writing at the Word Lover's Retreat this Fall. We'll be at the Idlewyld the weekend of September 18.

My book on wineries requires lots of wine and stories. Visiting wineries is a wondrous way to connect and find synchronicity. I'll enjoy hanging out at wineries amidst vineyards along Lake Erie. God give me the words to tell the stories. After all, Julia Cameron tells us we are only the conduit. Go to http://claudiatallermusings.blogspot.com to read more about Ohio wineries.

And if you want to come to Lakeside in the fall, when the weather's still warm, send me an e-mail and I'll send you the details. Give yourself the gift of a writing weekend.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Fall 2011 Word Lover's Retreat

A Word Lovers Food and Wine Weekend, November 4-6 at the Idlewyld Bed and Breakfast in historic Lakeside, Ohio, is a food and wine experience.  This is a weekend of winery tours and tastings and creating beautiful food together.  Friday evening begins with writing prompts, and Saturday sessions include a session on writing a non-fiction book (based on Claudia’s experience of writing her book Ohio’s Lake Erie Wineries) and establishing immediacy through description.  How would you describe in words the taste of chocolate mousse or Firelands Winery’s Pinot Grigio?  Ample time for writing will be woven into the weekend.  The cost is $110 for the weekend (which includes three meals) plus the cost of a room at the Idlewyld.  Hold you spot with a $50 deposit and your desired room choice.   The deposit should be sent to Claudia Taller, Igniting Possibilities, 26408 Chapel Hill Drive, North Olmsted, Ohio 44070.


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My book, "Ohio's Lake Erie Wineries," an Arcadia production, explores the history of island and lakeshore wineries from the mid-1800s through today. I write travel, memoir, profiles, book reviews, local interest articles, and fiction. My writing is always of discovery--whether it's journaling, book reviewing, letter writing, or sharing an experience of life. I have written two novels and am working on a third novel and a memoir. I am passionate about sharing what life has to offer with others. "The Artist's Way" by Julia Cameron woke me up to a sense of possibility--life is too short not be enjoyed by living deeply and well. I created Igniting Possibilities, a conduit for creativity workshops and events, in the hope of guiding others to realize their full potential. The Word Lover's Retreats at Lakeside, Ohio's Chautauqua community, help writers find their voice and direction.