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Self-Publishing 101

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Lots of self-published books to browse at the recent “Self-publishing 101” workshop I conducted

The world of self-publishing has opened up a world of possibility, especially for those of us who simply want to share family stories with our loved ones, or have an idea, but are not willing to jump through the hoops to convince a more traditional publisher of the worth of that idea. I started out learning about self-publishing as a way to help others easily share their family stories. Continue reading

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The Reluctant Writer at Work: Writing tricks and tools, and new ideas to help your workplace writing say what you mean

Our staff participated in two Literacy Workshops facilitated by Marjorie Turner Hollman. We gained a better understanding of how to write simple, clear and accurate daily notes, lesson plans, and unique stories that the children create as they go about their day. Marjorie’s supportive and gentle approach helped our staff feel competent in their own literacy learning.  Thank you, Marjorie!

 Mary Varr, Director, Garelick Early Learning Center, Hockomock YMCA, Franklin, MA

Do you avoid writing tasks in your job, or find excuses to get others to write what you should take care of yourself? This short course is designed to provide the student with positive writing experiences. The sessions will consist of active writing experiences. Students will produce short pieces, share their writing with fellow classmates, and receive helpful feedback. They will gain a better understanding of what constitutes good writing, and learn simple steps they can take to improve daily writing tasks. This course is designed for people whose work (or schooling) requires them to write.

Marjorie Turner Hollman is a personal historian who loves the outdoors, and is the author of Easy Walks in Massachusetts, 2nd editionMore Easy Walks in Massachusetts, 2nd edition, and editor of Easy Walks and Paddles in the Ten Mile River Watershed. Just out is her latest book, Finding Easy Walks Wherever You Are. She has been a freelance writer for numerous local, regional, and national publications for the past 20+ years, has helped numerous families to save their stories, and has recorded multiple veterans oral histories, now housed at the Library of Congress. She is a co-author of the recent community history, Bellingham Now and Then.

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What to Do with the Wiggles

Workshop: The “wiggles” are something children have in common, worldwide. Adults too have been known to get restless and need a break from their routine. Whatever the cause, “wiggles” are here to stay, so let’s work to channel that energy in positive directions.

Working with children is exactly that—hard work. No matter how positive and loving a person is, everyone needs breaks. And nothing works all the time.

These Circle games, Group games, name games and songs, and zipper songs are activities that I’ve found to consistently help tame the “wiggles” when everyone needs a break. These are merely tools however. You’ll have to discover what works for you and your kids, so please let me know what you learn when you try out these ideas. And keep wiggling! Class time is negotiable.

Marjorie Turner Hollman is a personal historian who loves the outdoors, and is the author of Easy Walks in Massachusetts, 2nd editionMore Easy Walks in Massachusetts, 2nd edition, and editor of Easy Walks and Paddles in the Ten Mile River Watershed. Just out is her latest book, Finding Easy Walks Wherever You Are. She has been a freelance writer for numerous local, regional, and national publications for the past 20+ years, has helped numerous families to save their stories, and has recorded multiple veterans oral histories, now housed at the Library of Congress. She is a co-author of the recent community history, Bellingham Now and Then.

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Storyreading, Storytelling and Story Writing

Workshop: Story reading, Storytelling, and Story writing:

Enriching Classroom Literacy through Story

 Reading vs. telling stories, Storytelling, Story Writing

Veteran Storyteller Marjorie Turner Hollman shares some simple ways to increase classroom literacy experiences through Story. This hands-on participatory workshop will make it clear that everyone—even the littlest ones—has stories to tell. We’ll learn ways to help grownups and children experience the joy of sharing stories. This workshop focuses on story reading, storytelling, and story writing, and the opportunities, and simple tools that can enhance literacy experiences in the classroom. Class time duration is negotiable.

 

Marjorie Turner Hollman is a personal historian who loves the outdoors, and is the author of Easy Walks in Massachusetts, 2nd editionMore Easy Walks in Massachusetts, 2nd edition, and editor of Easy Walks and Paddles in the Ten Mile River Watershed. Just out is her latest book, Finding Easy Walks Wherever You Are. She has been a freelance writer for numerous local, regional, and national publications for the past 20+ years, has helped numerous families to save their stories, and has recorded multiple veterans oral histories, now housed at the Library of Congress. She is a co-author of the recent community history, Bellingham Now and Then.

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The Reluctant Writer

The Reluctant Writer: Writing tricks and tools, and perhaps some new ideas to make daily writing in the classroom more fun and productive

 Many adults believe they are not good writers. But writing is a skill, like cooking, driving, swimming, or language that can improve with practice. This workshop explores a few simple things participants can do every day to become more effective writers. At the completion of our time together participants should have increased confidence in their writing and have some tools that can help them become better writers.

This writing workshop addresses writing to document children’s growth and development in the classroom. Class duration is negotiable.

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