As a former educator, I will always associate fall with the start of the school year – bells ringing in the hallways, sharpening of brand-new pencils, cracking the spine of a textbook for the first time. While I’ve been retired from the profession for some time, I haven’t left the academic world behind entirely. As many of you know, I have been hard at work on my next book, forthcoming Summer 2019, Your Turn: Ways to Celebrate Life Through Storytelling.
Like my former students, I have had my own writing deadlines to meet, which has meant many late nights in front of the computer, rounds of edits and cheerful celebrations when I submit another chapter.
Unlike children in a school, however, the work of a writer is often done solo. That’s why I am especially excited to attend an all-female author retreat, called Storytelling for Change, next week. Hosted by my publisher, She Writes Press, the retreat will connect me with my peers, allowing us to exchange experiences and ideas and commiserate on the powerful and sometimes painful process of telling our stories. At the retreat, we’ll focus on igniting our writing and celebrating the unique female perspectives we bring to publishing.
I’ve always believed that creative expression, through writing, helps us uncover gems of hope and serenity and navigate difficult times. Sharing stories with one another fills the space between us, inspires us, helps us forge stronger relationships and teaches us that we’re more alike than different.
In Your Turn, I offer examples of stories from my own life and give readers an invitation to delve into their own emotional histories, through writing prompts and tools. I consider it a guidebook for transformation through self-expression. My hope is that that it will spark creative thought and offer a space for self-reflection—helping my readers to overcome challenges and move forward, just like I did.
Stay tuned here for more information about my book. In the meantime, I’d love to hear what creative projects you work on to keep yourselves going. I love hearing your stories and experiences and connecting with you.
© Tyra Manning 2018