“The thing about water,” my cuz told me, when we got around to the topic of my leaky sink, “is that it follows the path of least resistance.” …I started thinking a lot about how water is like the writing process, and particularly how the behavior of water can inform how to think about story structure.
Writing about Place is essential to any story. When woven in and referenced often, details reflect season, culture, timeframe, mood, and the senses. In a way, place is almost like a character in your story.
By focusing on the three foundational legs of memoir—Core Threads, Clarity, and Collective—you will create a book that is clear, relatable, and universal.
I’ve tried committing to writing for years now and the one thing that’s made all the difference? Keeping my sexy butt in this sexy chair.
Writers, I remember the early days of pitching my first book, Second Wind. I thought I had something people would want to read, but I didn't know what to DO with my manuscript. I went to a writers' workshop and pitched my idea to a few agents and editors. The first...
In our current "Covid" situation, learning how to create an online platform to launch and sell your book is MORE IMPORTANT than ever. Join Cami Ostman of The Narrative Project and Lisa Daily from Sidekick Press for a FREE introductory class on how to:*Create a...
Dear Writer, I want to let you know about an awesome tele-summit that is starting THIS WEEk! There’s still time to register for Courageous Creativity (REGISTER HERE) and we want you to be there! This is a totally free event, that was tailored specifically for all...
May 21, 5pm PST. Clean Your Inner Closets! How to use your quarantine to create peace of mind and open space for renewal in your life.
As I talk with clients (both in my therapy practice and in my work with writers) I'm hearing how this quarantine has been a time of reflection and evaluation. My long-time friend and colleague, Jennavieve 'JJ' Joshua, is joining me on a FREE zoom call on May...
Mastermind Your Book (FREE): One of the PRIMARY reasons writers tell me they get stuck is that they don’t know WHERE their story is going. Time after time I meet writers who say they have 50,000 words or more but they don’t know how to bring their story home. At...
How are You Spending your Time in “Social Distancing?” I’ll tell you what we’re doing? We’re jumping into writing our books!!!
This is a strange moment in history, isn't it? But do you know what else is happening as we hunker down to prevent ourselves from infecting each other? A wonderful, interesting, smart, creative group of writers is on the journey with The Narrative Project to finish...
You're stuck at home in quarantine, right?Why not use this time to work on your book? The NUMBER ONE reason people tell me they haven't gotten their book written is TIME. They can't find the time.Now that you've got some time in the house, let me show you...
Let me tell you a story, writer. When I was in the 7thgrade, I got a new journal that I used for writing what I called “prose poetry.” I spent hours in my room at night putting words together in combinations that, to me, sounded smart or interesting or beautiful. My...
Testimonials from students
“Cami’s keen instructions, insights, gentle guidance and authentic caring for my writing woke my writer up! I have more enthusiasm for my writing now and more knowledge with which to approach my projects. I am more confident and joyous in my writing thanks to Cami!”
—JJ Joshua, Intuitive Coach and Self-help Author
“I was #1 in Russian Travel and I’ve won the Moritz Thomsen Peace Corps Experience Award for 2014! I even had the chance to do a book reading at the Kazakh Embassy in DC. My book journey is going well and Cami made that happen.”
—Janet Givens, author of At Home on the Kazakh Steppe: A Peace Corps Memoir
“When I hired Cami as a developmental editor for my memoir, my manuscript felt like a massive ball of tangled yarn. With her years of experience as a therapist, Cami has a keen eye for identifying themes, motivations, and resolutions, which allowed her to masterfully pull the threads of my story out of the mess. She laid them across the arc of my book with precision. Cami helped me to produce the book I truly wanted to write.”
—Colleen Haggerty, author of A Leg to Stand On
“Cami is a talented writer with a special devotion to bringing out the best in other people’s work. I contributed an essay to her book, Beyond Belief, and communicated with her on developmental edits for my piece. Her direction and notes were so valuable to bringing my storytelling to greater heights, and I am impressed at the level of care and detail she showed for each of her many contributors. I highly recommend working with Cami, and I recommend her books too!”
—Erin Seaward-Hiatt, contributing author in Beyond Belief
“If it had not been for finding Cami and the Narrative Project, I would still be limping through a terrible first draft, picking at line edits. Instead, in two and a half years I have transformed the narrative of the memoir I have been dinking away at for decades. The Narrative Project has provided me with more tools than I even knew I needed. Instead of dreading the writing that goes nowhere, I am enjoying the ride, creating new possibilities and diving in to discover more ways to share with the words that are just right.”
“I started with half a dozen personal essays. After eighteen months of hard work along with the smart feedback, keen eyes, and pertinent, invaluable critique from this program’s leaders and members, I finally had the first draft of my memoir!”
In my 18 months with the Narrative Project, I have learned that a writer doesn’t write alone. TNP fosters a community of value beyond payment or description. The support is that of a healthy family, and the critique is that of an inspiring Masters program. The Narrative Project has provided me with an all-inclusive roadmap for how to live my dream as a published writer, and the confidence to get my butt in the chair.