Patricia Ann Chaffee
Patricia Ann Chaffee 

Writer ~ Poet ~ Photographer ~ Retreat Guide ~ Spiritual Director ~ Expressive Arts Facilitator ~ Simple Living Advocate - Creating A Writing Life Facilitator

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Creating a Writing Life September 2016

Greetings Friends. I hope your summer has been abundantly blessed and filled with exploration of your inner artist. I spent much of my summer working on my own creative spirit. From May through August, I was participating in the Expressive Arts Institute at Salve Regina University. What an extraordinary experience! It was a lot of work and well worth it. Creative work is so enriching, and heals us on so many levels. Whether we are making music and dance, collage, or painting, playing with clay or crafting a memoir, the act of creating has countless benefits, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. I was thrilled to be among a wonderful group of creative spirits and felt blessed by the experience that was funded by Niantic Community Church. I now can take my work as an Expressive Arts Facilitator out into the world.

I was excited to learn that Minimalism: A Documentary about the important things has been released and have arranged for a screening at Niantic Community Church on Friday, September 30 at 7 p.m.. If you're in the area, grab some friends and join us for this insightful movie and some thought provoking conversation following. A free will donation will be accepted and of course the popcorn is free. I'm not a huge fan of documentaries as a rule. But a movie about simplicity? I'm all in.  Join me won't you? NCC is located at 170 Pennsylvania Ave., Niantic, CT.

Our guest speaker, at the June retreat this year was Leslie Browning. In addition to being a wealth of information about publishing she really stressed the importance of writers (who are interested in publishing) to establish a solid social media platform. Blogs are a great way to build your audience.  I've included some links here about creating blogs that you might find helpful.

Leslie Karen Hammond offered her  great insights into the writing life at our July CAWL retreat and I know some of you have connected with her since. I love to hear what folks are doing with their writing life after retreat and some of you have contacted me about working with you as a coach/consultant. I don't honestly have a lot of time to devote to that but an hour here and there can sometimes make a difference in keeping a manuscript moving or getting to the finish line.  I can do that in person, by phone or email. I do enjoy working one on one with writers. If you have a project you want to run by me and need help with, just zip me an email to explore the possibility.

Lastly....however you are spending your days let them be filled with things that spark joy in your life. Read on for a free e-book offer, other goodies, inspiration and of course pics of my first grandchild.

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Peace and Abundant Blessings,


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