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An inspiring guide featuring the wit, wisdom, and stories of Zona Rosa, the writing-and-sisterhood workshop that has empowered thousands of women
For more than twenty years, Rosemary Daniell--Southern belle, successful writer, and tireless champion of female empowerment--has led Zona Rosa, a writing workshop for women founded on the premise that writing can be not only a creative challenge but a tool for healing. Here, she shares the secrets of Zona Rosa: practical advice and home-grown "Exorcises" that help you face and think through writing issues, and life in general.
You'll learn how to avoid the "13 (Possible) Boo Boos" that plague everyone's writing. You'll bring yourself to "Write About the Thing I Most Don't Want to Write About" and learn how facing the difficult past can lead to breakthroughs. You'll discover "The Emotional Tai Chi of Getting Your Work Out There," with suggestions for painlessly sending your work into the world.
Along the way, you'll meet some of the many women who have improved their writing--and lives--through the camaraderie, constructive advice, and fun of Zona Rosa. And you'll be inspired by Rosemary Daniell herself, who has weathered personal tragedy, Bad Love, and her own writing issues to come out singing. Secrets of the Zona Rosa is essential reading for any woman who writes--and who has lived a life full of stories.
"Rosemary Daniell is one of the great writing teachers I have seen at work in the country." --Pat Conroy
About the Author
is the founder and leader of Zona Rosa, a series of creative life-changing writing workshops attended by thousands of women (and the occasional manoccasionally men) over the past 24 twenty-five years. She is the author of The Woman Who Spilled Words All Over Herself
, Fatal Flowers
,, Sleeping with Soldiers
, and, four other works of poetry and prose, and four other books of poetry and prose. She has appeared on many national television and radio shows, has been featured in People
and Southern Living
and speaks at writers' conferences around the country. Her awards include the 1999 Palimpsest Prize and two NEA Fellowships. She lives in Savannah, Georgia.
Table of Contents
Preface: YOU ARE NOW ENTERING THE ZONA ROSA Chapter One:THE STORY OF MY WRITING (AND OTHER) LIFEWhy Where You Are Is Good Enough Chapter Two:WE ARE ALL DOORS UNTIL SOMEONE SLAMS USHow We Can Empower Ourselves No Matter What Chapter Three:IF I WAS REALLY WILDWhy Courage and Daring Are Not Just for Other Women Chapter Four:WHEN I'VE STEPPED OUT IN FAITHHow Patience, Perseverance, and Some Other Virtues Your Grandmama Taught You Can Help You in Writing and Life Chapter Five:IF I TOLD MY JUICY SECRETSHow the Power of the Pink Keeps Us Laughing, or Why Even Serious Babes Still Want to Have Fun Chapter Six:"IF I'M REALLY HONEST, I'M NOT ACTUALLY OKAY WITH . . ."How Writing plus the Power of the Pink Helps Keep Us Sane When the Worst Happens Chapter Seven:IF I THOUGHT LIKE A GUYYes, There's a Lot We Can Learn from Them! Chapter Eight:A CHORUS LINE OF WINNING LEGSTo Take You Where You Want to Go Chapter Nine:A BEVY OF PERFECT T.I.T.SAll the Writing How-to You Will Ever Need Epilogue:FIREWORKS, OR THE BIG ZONA ROSA PARTY IN THE SKY Afterword, and an Invitation Appendix A:My Third Brother's Wife's Strawberry Cream Cake, or the Official Zona Rosa Dessert Appendix B:A Slew of Writing Fears--Do Any of Them Hit Home? Appendix C:Tap into the Power of the Pink--Start Your Own Sub Rosa Group! Acknowledgments