Stories From the Heart
We are so proud to present the following preliminary scheduled workshops/lectures for Stories from the Heart IX on July 20-22, 2018 in Austin, TX. The presenters are strong, the tracks are relevant to the present times, and they cover crucial aspects of writing and sharing our stories, to shaping them into books, publication, and marketing. If unforeseen changes should occur, we will immediately make those changes here, where you can always find the most-up-to-date program schedule.


  1. How to Improve Your Writing and Get Published: Flash Fiction and Flash Memoir: Len Leatherwood
  2. Marketing & Promoting Strategies that Increase Book Sales: Debra Winegarten


  1. Breaking Silence: Revealing Truth, Releasing Secrets, and Finding Your True Voice: Linda Joy Myers
  2. Don't Cut Off Your Nose to Spite Your Face: The ReStory Guide to Writing: Jeanne Guy
  3. Shaping Family Stories into Compelling Stories: Annette Gendler
  4. Wild Woman at My Door: Reconnecting to Authentic Self: Bird Mejia
  5. Life Happens: Write Through It Using the Celtic Calendar as Guide: Mary Elizabeth Briscoe


  1. Writing Emotional Truth: Engaging Readers through the Power of Your Word: Mary Fillmore, Virginia Simpson
  2. My Mother, My Muse: Writing About Your Mom Without Guilt: Andrea Simon
  3. Getting Started: Shaping Your Writing Voice: Sandra Shackelford
  4. Using the Power of Personality to Enhance Your Writing: Cinda Brooks
  5. Polishing your Stories: Lynn Goodwin


  1. The How-To's to Successful Blogging: Len Leatherwood
  2. Self-Publishing Panel
  3. The Story Within You: Teresa Lynn
  4. Building Your Platform: Susan Wittig Albert
  5. Sarton Winners' Panel: Susan Wittig Albert


  1. Prune & Bloom: How to create space for what matters most: Jen Halligan
  2. Writing Advice from the Trenches: Leslie Tall Manning
  3. Getting Unstuck: B. Lynn Goodwin
  4. Write Your Travels - Inside and Out: Mary Fillmore


  1. Facilitating Stories from Amazing Lives: Joyce Boatright
  2. Gathering Women's Writing: How to Create an Anthology (Panel): Susan Wittig Albert
  3. Let the Circle Be Unbroken: Sandra Shackelford
  4. Give a Hoot for Your Community OWLs (Older Women's Legacies): Mary Jo Doig


  1. Shakti Naam Yoga Class: Bird Mejia

Story-Telling From the Heart: Open Mike

Saturday Night, Live,
in Austin Texas

Stories From the Heart

It's Saturday night in Austin TX—what would you like to do after you've enjoyed a fine dinner at one of Austin's many great restaurants? Well, you might take in a film, or visit Austin's disco district (the River City is widely known as the Live Music Capital of the World).

Or we could all hang out together and swap stories.

Swap stories?

Hey, what a great idea! After all, isn't that what Story Circle is all about? And who has more stories to swap than women—women who have loved and laughed and cried and succeeded and failed and survived and, yes, triumphed! Creative, canny, crafty, clever, courageous women. Women who have lived ordinary, extraordinary, and sometimes downright outrageous lives!

So for Saturday night's entertainment, we offer you—ta da! (a flourish of trumpets and rattle of drums, please)—an open mike!

And all you have to bring is you, and your story. Maybe it's a piece you've already shared with your Story Circle, or a poem or two that you've just finished, or a short autobiographical fiction piece. Maybe it's a story to be sung, or danced (if you need music, let us know ahead of time). Or perhaps you'd like to bring a piece of art that you've made—pottery, painting, textile, whatever—and tell us how and why it is part of your story. The sky's the limit, gals, and the only thing we have to fear (as some famous man said once) is fear itself. So let's see how many different stories, and how many different ways to tell a story, we can all come up with.

To give each story-teller a chance to participate we will be dividing into three separate meeting rooms and will ask reader to limit her turn at the mike to five minutes including opening remarks. (Please note that it takes ONE minute to read ONE double-spaced page or to read ½ single spaced page and plan accordingly.) There are a limited number of spaces available, so sign up will begin Saturday after dinner and will end when all places have been reserved and Open Mike begins at 8pm. Whether you come to read, listen, share or all of the above, we look forward to seeing you there! And please plan to email your piece to us for sharing with the attendees!

Remember that wonderful '60s song that began "When you come to San Francisco, be sure and wear flowers in your hair"?

When you come to Austin, Texas, be sure to bring a story from your heart. We're eager to hear it, y'all!

*Session topics are still tentative.