those quivering first-timer critique-group days have long passed, and I’ve not only survived them, I’ve become a fan. Critique groups, the good ones, are the bomb. They seem especially helpful for writers like me who need the dynamic duo—support and accountability—to keep their creative motors running.
Wow! This year is nearly over, dear ones. The STORY of 2020 will go down in history, n’est pas? This epic year has been full of hard, hard things. And I know that for many of you, as for me, it hasn’t just been the pandemic, the racial struggles and protests, and the...
Hey Authors! We are finally at the end of 2020! With New Year's resolutions around the corner, I want to let you know about WRITE THAT BOOK ALREADY!--an exciting FREE virtual writing conference co-hosted by The Narrative Project and Sidekick Press. Lisa Daily of...
The five keys to morning writing: ritual, community, connection, mess, and trust.
When I write, I constantly scan my body for sensations. I put 50% of attention on the words and 50% of my attention on my body. Why? Because my body tells me how to improve my writing.
Writing and publishing a book is a life-changing experience. Renew your commitment to take the book in your heart and get it on the page!
Let me introduce you to a few of the most common blockades for writers, and what you can do to hurdle over them.
The Narrative Project coaches—aka Story Warriors—and I are very aware that during these strange days, people are BUBBLING with stories they NEED to tell. There is something about a world-wide pandemic, serious racial strife and the need for police reform, an...
I sat down on my couch this evening, unmotivated and procrastinating on my writing. Instead of being hard on myself, though, I decided to just have a little chat with my younger writer, to show her how far I have come and how much I have learned. Thirty-nine lessons...
“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.
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.