SPRING BOOK LAUNCH AND READING …. MUCH MORE THAN A BOOK LAUNCH!

Sunday, March 19th, 2017

Imagine Studio Cafe 31 Erie St, in James Bay

  2 – 4 p.m.  Come early and enjoy a scrumptious brunch

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If you really want to write but don’t know where to begin.

It offers foolproof and often hilarious solutions to get even the biggest skeptics writing. It’s a guidebook that takes away all the fears you have locked in the closet.

It invites you to write from what’s in front of you right now—in reality and in your imagination.

Toss out perfection and replace it with colours, shapes, anger, joy, humour, heartbreak and whatever else that wants to come out of hiding.

This approach to writing will stop the judging and allow you to rest your heart on the page. This brings about spaciousness, creative freedom, and confidence.

What may start out as excruciating journal entries can transform into your chosen genre: poetry, prose, a play, a blog, a stand-up comedy piece, a song.

Your voice on the page will have become your voice in the world.

Oh, and by the way, this book is not just for those who haven’t started writing. Write where you are is also for you if you are already writing but are currently feeling blocked or simply want more tips for your tool box.(along with dozens of writing prompts for good measure.

Junie Swadron brings the best of herself as an author, playwright, psychotherapist and international writing coach. She knows intimately what stops people from writing and how to start them up again from the inside out!

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Also available at Amazon.com

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N5D4TPW

What’s inside Write Where You Are

“. . . I can tell you, with confidence, that there are probably as many reasons (excuses) to stop writing as there are ‘blocked’ writers. What’s the antidote?

Simple. Write.

Does this surprise you? Of course not. You knew I was going to say that, right? Write. That’s the only thing that will move you beyond your excuses. When you want to lose weight, you stay away from the fridge. When you want to learn sky diving, you show up at the hangar. When you want to write, you keep your pen on the page or keyboard and your hand moving.

While in the creative process, which is every time you sit down at your writing table, except when you deliberately go there to edit, you let it have its way with you. That means that you don’t give a hoot about how the word is spelled. Or whether it fits in that particular paragraph or the next one down. Or whether so and so will like it. Or whether it would be better to use a semi-colon instead of a period.

Do hide it, though. And maybe in a better place than under the mattress.

That’s about it. You’re ready to write. Don’t panic, we’ll start slow. Here are the instructions. Grab a pen. Set your timer for 5 minutes. No cheating—5 minutes—Eezy Peezy!

And NO editing as you go. . .”

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What people are saying about Write Where You Are . . .

The best books work on several levels and this short, yet powerful and deep tome delivers its message both wide and deep.

Firstly, it reads more like a conversation between the writer and reader. You feel like you are in the same room as Junie in a workshop.

Secondly, you are gently encouraged to pick up your pen and download the thought streams flowing through your brain on to paper.

Thirdly, and most importantly, you are guided to see the meaning and purpose in what you write. The pen is mightier than the sword and the brevity of this guide belies its power.

Pick up this book and write yours.

—Tom Evans, author of The Authority Guide to Practical Mindfulness (www.tomevans.co)
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Junie Swadron’s new book is a small, personal treasure to all who seek a combination of self-knowledge, inner peace, and access to fluid, authentic verbal expression. Her informal voice speaks from these pages like a kind and humorous relative, sitting right there, beside you. She is not someone you put on a pedestal as a ‘writer’ or ‘mentor’; she is a fellow traveller who is just a bit ahead of you on the path. Her intimate humanity invites her readers to lower those inhibiting barriers of fear, judgement and comparison with others.

Junie teaches a genre of writing that spans journalling and creative writing, born out of a process, and in a place, where you get a break from the demands of life, self and others. She creates community around her with full awareness of how that, at best, entails communion. She midwifes people’s voices into being, in a process that bridges contemporary self-help methodologies and indigenous sacred sharing circles.

This book is wonderfully interactive in an old fashioned way, no electricity or electronics needed. Story-telling glimpses of her own journey, Junie also offers concrete writing exercises and practical tips for how to navigate around the roadblocks between living small and accessing one’s fullness in creative, courageous living.

—Dr. Astri Wright, Writer (Novelist, Non-Fiction, Poetry, Norwegian & English; Academic Writing) and Professor of Art History, The University of Victoria, BC, Canada.
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This work gets to the core purpose of writing, the messaging of the inner soul, and the healing of the heart. With care, it holds you in its folds and caresses you while you speak your pain, your poetry, your love, and your truth.

This book is a delightful, haphazard journey through the purpose of writing with constructive rambling and amusing but poignant anecdotes that urge the reader to put down the book (just for a few moments) and dig out the pen.

Write Where You Are highlights another reason for writing—to heal the soul and use the healing process to help others heal themselves, and is filled with words you want to save in your quote bag to share with others.

This is not only a book about good writing—it is a book about good living.

—Lawrence J. W. Cooper, B.A, B Ed., M.Ed., author of Bi—A Bisexual Man’s Transformational Journey from Agony to Ecstasy (www.lawrencejwcooper.com)

Available on Amazon and Kindle

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N5D4TPW

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Participants from Write Where You Are Workshops say . . .

I truly did not believe it could be this easy! Junie, you have no idea how long I have been blocked. Thank you for bringing the writer in me back to life.

—Sheila White

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Dear Junie, thank you for creating such a sacred, safe and healing place as this group. I so appreciate the wonderfully spiritual, non-judgmental, supportive, loving and talented person and facilitator you are. Your deep love of the written word is always evident.

During these past weeks you’ve given me a deeper appreciation of the benefits and value of this medium both personally and professionally. I loved the different exercises and processes you offered us. They managed to shake things up inside me and challenged me to stretch myself beyond my comfort zone to a place where I feel confident to do this on my own. Yes, my wisdom lies inside of me and the writing brings it out in miraculous ways. Finally, thank you for your ever-present humour and sense of fun!

—Irene Boehn-Hill

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Dear Junie, when I put the pen to paper in the form which you taught me, my heart chakra comes alive and stirs my soul into recognition and familiarity I’ve never felt before. You have guided me through my frightened blur of confusion to a place of greater clarity and peace—given each of us a greater understanding of our worth, a reaffirmation that we can do it— and it’s worth the effort to get to the other side. Always, your approach is gentle, your manner is intensely present, your suggestions appropriate and always heart-felt. Thank you.

—Catherine Frieberg-Valaderes

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Further praise for Junie’s books:

June Swadron is both a guide and a muse. Her book is a bright lantern, illuminating the often dark and tricky terrain of the soul. Grounded in personal experience, her techniques catalyze the deep authenticity possible to us all.

—Julia Cameron, Author of The Artist’s Way, writing about Junie’s book Re-Write Your Life: A Transformational Guide to Writing and Healing the Stories of Our Lives

SPRING BOOK LAUNCH AND READING
What makes it more than just a book launch It is an interactive experience where you can be equally involved! 

Junie will:

  • read passages from her book
  • answer questions – everything from the mystique of writing to what to do when you have serious writing block
  • get you started writing at this very reading!…If you would like to!
Bring your pen and journals for a fun, interactive experience, even if you have never written before. In fact, especially if you haven’t!  
However there is NO requirement to write. Come, order your favourite non-alcoholic drink, become informed and join the fun!

WHERE:   Imagine Studio Cafe 31 Erie St, in James Bay

WHEN:    Sunday, March 19th, 2017

TIME:      2 – 4 p.m.  Come early and enjoy a scrumptious brunch!

Junie has been facilitating writing groups for over 20 years and her favourite thing is to help writers become authors.  http://junieswadron.com/workshops/author-support/

 Available on Amazon and Kindle
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Buy Write Where You Are