Once a month, TNP’s ‘Chief Story Warrior’ Cami Ostman, along with us TNP coaches and our wildly brilliant writers, collaborate to help free one of our authors from a writing PICKLE!
Oaxaca is alive with Mexican vibrancy, assailing my senses, reminding me the world is full of characters and plots longing to be apprehended and then expelled onto the page–Writer, if you want to inspire the Muse, take her to Oaxaca!
Welcome to summer, writer. This time of year for some of us it is VERY difficult to keep our butts in the chair for our writing projects. It’s been more than half a year since we gathered virtually for our Write That Book Already conference? How is your book coming?...
Words started revealing themselves as part of a democracy—the more widely and generously they were shared, the more power they held. That strangely enough, sometimes the simplest words could carry profound meaning.
I like to joke that the only sign I was meant to be a writer was all that bad poetry I wrote when I was young. This phase seemed to peak in my teens. Hard emotions percolated up to the surface right after a bad breakup or a bout of disillusionment over my disconnected...
Writer, EVERYONE feels like an imposter… until they don’t. The key to thriving in anything is to making sure your INNER CHAMPION, not your Inner Critic, is in leadership.
Sometimes saying yes shakes up the story, opening up possibilities for a new scene. I trust the magic of the writing process.
I was eight years old the first time I wrote a poem. That first little rhyming ditty was crafted in response to the massive emotions I felt standing next to the Pacific Ocean for the first time in my life. And I can STILL remember the relief—the utter RELEASE of...
Stuck? Staring at the Computer Wondering What to Say? It’s Not Too Late to Get Your Book Done with Us in 2021! We Can Get You Where You Want to Go!
“Writing is like going to the gym… It’s something you do by yourself. This program is a writing program, yes, but for me, since I was writing about trauma, it was therapy too. And I wasn’t alone on the journey.”Roger, TNP Graduate Writer, When I designed The Narrative...
Dear writer, I’ve taught hundreds of writers the FOUR PILLARS of SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION. When you know you have a book in you, but you don’t know how to GET IT DONE, you need systems—a drafting system, a system for revisions, a support system for the hard times, a...
I am completely, totally, ridiculously excited to have just graduated 45 writers from our Ready, Set, Write! six-week deep-dive, where we looked at the FOUR PILLARS OF SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION to get these writers set up to write their books in 2021. Some amazing stories...
As writers, we each have a unique writer identity: a public image we create and project as we establish our authorial voice and share it publicly. But how do we decide what it should be? And how do we nurture and cultivate it?
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.