Motherhood & Words

journaling telechat tonight!

Join Sheila Bender and Ruth Folit for a 30-minute free telechat tonight!
I am currently reading Sheila Bender‘s wonderful and heartbreaking memoir A New Theology: Turning to Poetry in a Time of Grief, about dealing with grief and renewing her commitment to life in the wake of her son’s death. And I hope to have Sheila as a guest here at Motherhood & Words this fall. Sheila is also the founder of Writing It Real. Check out her work. Ruth Folit is a long-time journal-writer and the developer of LifeJournal software.

Join them tonight for Journal Like the Pros: Write Right Now!  
Sheila will offer her knowledge from professional writers’ stories and perceptions. Ruth will share insights from her talking with thousands of journal writers, and her interviews with journaling experts.
Tuesday, November 8, 7:30 PM Eastern/4:30 PM Pacific
It’s free, but you have to register here. If any of you can make this, I’d love to hear about it!
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I have been teaching creative writing for almost twenty years. Reading about other women’s lives and experiences has expanded my world. To be able to walk in someone else’s shoes, whether it’s for a moment or an hour or a few days, is an incredible gift, providing me with insight into the human experience. It takes courage to write your truths, especially if it doesn’t seem as though anyone cares, as though anyone is listening. Let me tell you: your stories matter, I’m listening, and I’m here to help you find the heart of those truths, to get them down on the page, to craft them, and to send them out into the world. Together, we will change the world, one story at a time.


  1. Marilyn Bousquin on November 17, 2011 at 7:07 am

    Hi, Kate. I was on this call. Sheila and Ruth gave a LOT of information about writing and offered many prompts for jumpstarting the writing process. It was amazing how much they packed into 30 minutes. Ironic, because they talked about the importance of using slivers of times here and there to write. They encouraged people to email them questions about writing and journaling, and they responded to the email questions. Let me know if you want me to send you my notes. Better yet, there may be a recording of this call. Best, M

    • Kate on November 21, 2011 at 2:48 pm

      I’m so gald you were in on that call, Marilyn! I’d love to see your notes!

  2. Marilyn Bousquin on November 17, 2011 at 7:12 am

    Hi, Kate. I posted a comment that didn’t take, so I’ll try again. I was on Sheila and Ruth’s call. They packed 30 minutes with writing tricks and prompts, and they were big on writing in slivers of time. If I can find the recording, I’ll forward it to you. Best, M

  3. Ruth Folit on November 29, 2011 at 11:43 am

    Yes, I just saw your posting. Thanks for the kind words. The telechat it posted for anyone to listen to. Go to

    • Kate on December 1, 2011 at 4:22 pm

      Dear Ruth,

      My pleasure! And thank you so much for including the link to the telechat! I’m looking forward to listening!