Thursday, March 7, 2013

WITS Announcements March 2013

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Read the first chapter for free and then decide if you want to download the 3-hour-long MP3 audio book of More Than Meets the Eye ~ True Stories about Death, Dying, and Afterlife.
The Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest is open to anyone who loves expressing innermost thoughts and feelings into the beautiful art of poetry or writing a story that is worth telling everyone. Write a poem or short story for a chance to win cash prizes! Postmark deadline: July 31, 2013. All works must be original. Visit our website for details:
Be sure to tune in to the Aspects of Writing Radio Show. Host James Kelly and his guests provide advice on a wide range of topics, from writing for TV to how to find the right editor. Aspects of Writing airs every other Tuesday at KLAV 1230 on the AM dial, or You can also view the show live at (click on the “feature” button).
Each story in The Sid Series ~ A Collection of Holistic Stories for Children focuses on a life skill such as environmental awareness, helping others, being true to one’s self, overcoming fear, or following inner guidance.
GhostwritersUnite Conference in May 2013

This conference will be all about ghostwriting, so the attendees will be ghostwriters, aspiring ghostwriters, editors, publishers, literary agents, and book-industry experts. They will be meeting at the Long Beach Hilton in Southern California on May 3, 4, and 5 to discuss the topics that matter most to ghostwriters: setting fees, setting boundaries, establishing trust, working with celebrities, dealing with "crazy," controlling negotiations, and so much more.

The weekend starts with a Friday night meet-and-greet on May 3rd. It continues Saturday with twelve different panels, author readings, and an informal box lunch. The Saturday night banquet has limited seating, so please register for that ASAP. They will wrap up the weekend with a full-conference state-of-the-industry panel of agents, publishers, literary attorneys, e-publishers, and other book-business experts.

You can get more information and register for the conference at You can also give Claudia a call at 1-800-641-3936 or drop her a line at
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Whose Stuff Is This? Finding Freedom from the Thoughts, Feelings, and Energy of Those around You is a guidebook for empathic people who have been unknowingly carrying energetic burdens that belong to someone else. See all purchasing options at
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Shifting into Purer Consciousness ~ Integrating Spiritual Transformation with the Human Experience is about how to embrace multidimensional frequencies, and lessen physical and emotional symptoms of rapid spiritual ascension. The book offers tips to make the ascension process easier and quicker.
Writers of Everyman’s Story Unite!

Tennessee Personal Historians Form State Chapter of the Association of Personal Historians
Growing up in foster care as a neglected child, and giving back a temporary home to 25 foster children is just one moving story among many that I’ve encountered since becoming a personal historian. A self-taught electrician who convinced people to use electricity; a young coed hearing the shots that heralded the integration at the University of Mississippi; a researcher whose proposals influenced poverty policy; and a preacher whose church was persecuted to the point of going down in flames, are all personal stories that people have shared with me this year. Amazing, moving, poignant. The significance is there for family and more, and made easily accessible to future generations. That’s what I love about personal history: life’s lessons from the horse’s mouth.
~ Deborah Wilbrink, Perfect Memoirs, Nashville

Personal historians help others to share and save their stories for coming generations. We all have a need to remember our lives, to make personal sense of the world around us, and to pass our life lessons on to new generations. Members of the Association of Personal Historians help other people create books and videos of their personal, family, business, and community histories. Members’ skills include interviewing, writing, and production of these personal histories.

Tennessee’s personal historians are meeting to organize a state chapter of the APH on February 23, 2013 at 1 p.m. at the 212 Market Restaurant in Chattanooga. Members of the international organization are coming from Nashville, Franklin, Knoxville, Sewanee, and Mosheim/Tri-Cities. The Association of Personal Historians gives its members a chance to advance their talents, skills, and professional knowledge in their work of saving these stories. Founded in 1995, its 625 members represent 11 countries, including the United States. Regions Director Dawn Thurston is looking forward to a new state chapter in Tennessee. “Other state chapters have regular meetings, collaborate on personal history projects, and participate in community outreach events. It seems to be a win-win situation for everyone. I'd like to see Tennessee members have a similar opportunity,” she reports.
Interested in learning more about how to best save your story or family history? The public is welcome to bring their questions and interests to

Meet and Greet professional personal historians:

FRANKLIN: Feb. 28, 7:00 Cool Springs YMCA, 121 Seaboard Lane. Jim Taulman 595-2597.
MONTEAGLE: March 9 from 10 a.m. to noon. Mooney’s Market & Emporium, 1265 West Main Street, Pat West 931-598-5913
NASHVILLE: March 2, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at 1st Unitarian Universalist Church, 1808 Woodmont Blvd. Deborah Wilbrink 615-417-8424

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