“I’ve always felt that my ‘style’—the careful projection onto paper of who I think I am—was my only marketable asset, the only possession that might set me apart from other writers.” ---William Zinsser

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Sunday, November 27, 2011

Write Deeply - Fiction and Poetry

The Spring 2012 Word Lover's Retreat (April 20-22) will be creativity-infused.  I hope to see you at the Idlewyld for great conversation, deep writing, critique sessions, long walks, and anything else you want to do--it's your weekend.  $50 holds your spot: claudia.taller@yahoo.com.

What Trudy Has to Say

After attending this Fall's Word Lover's retreat, Trudy Bradenburg, a mystery writer from Clintonville, Ohio, wrote: "I first discovered Claudia Taller’s Word Lovers retreats by deciding to read detective mystery books that take place Ohio. I researched the list, and Les Roberts, a Cleveland area writer, caught my eye. I picked up his book, “Pepper Pike,” the first book in his Milan Jocovich series, which all take place in Cleveland, Ohio. I read about ten pages and I was hooked. I hopped on his website and found that he was going to be a guest speaker at a Word Lovers retreat only three hours from my front door, at Idlewyld Bed and Breakfast, two weeks from that date. I immediately emailed Claudia. Lucky for me, she had a cancellation and two weeks later, I was walking the quaint, quiet streets of Lakeside with readers, writers, and authors, including Claudia Taller and Les Roberts. Claudia and Les were not only magnificent speakers, sharing their life stories and tips about writing, Les signed copies of his books and offered manuscript feedback to the attendees, which helped my project immensely." She went on to describe the Idlewyld, where our retreats take place: "Built in the 1800’s, every nook and cranny of Idlewyld holds positive energy, from the porches, to the common area, the kitchen and dining room and the comfy bedrooms. Waking up to the smell of brewing coffee and breakfast casseroles sifting through the house, with your head on a soft pillow in a warm bed, is nothing short of heaven. Before breakfast, I always grab my camera and a cup of coffee, bundle up, and walk to the end of Walnut Street to catch the sunrise over Lake Erie. You can see my pictures from the weekend at: https://picasaweb.google.com/104987613031065338545/IdlewyledNovember2011WordLovers/" Thanks Trudy!  More from her closer to the next retreat--April 20-22, 2012.

A Winding Road - Writing

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My book, "Ohio's Lake Erie Wineries," an Arcadia production, explores the history of island and lakeshore wineries from the mid-1800s through today. I write travel, memoir, profiles, book reviews, local interest articles, and fiction. My writing is always of discovery--whether it's journaling, book reviewing, letter writing, or sharing an experience of life. I have written two novels and am working on a third novel and a memoir. I am passionate about sharing what life has to offer with others. "The Artist's Way" by Julia Cameron woke me up to a sense of possibility--life is too short not be enjoyed by living deeply and well. I created Igniting Possibilities, a conduit for creativity workshops and events, in the hope of guiding others to realize their full potential. The Word Lover's Retreats at Lakeside, Ohio's Chautauqua community, help writers find their voice and direction.