Yesterday, I attended a writing workshop at the Writers in Progress studio in Florence, Massachusetts. Unbeknownst to me, until recently (newcomer to this part of the world that I am), this is a pretty well known organization that has over the last twenty odd years seen hundreds of writers mentored, taught and raised up in literature. Writers in Progress was started by writer Dori Ostermiller and she continues to run it today.

But today’s introduction is to another woman of words. Jacqueline Sheehan. She led the workshop I attended on Sunday. If you’ve ever attended a writing workshop, you will know how hard it is to find something positive to say about everyone’s work, especially after hearing it read out loud just once. There were 16 writers at the workshop. Jacqueline had something positive and encouraging to say about everyone’s work. Every single reading.

She gave me two gifts during the workshop. One was a writing prompt which inspired a whole new essay that. I will share on this blog soon. Another was a second prompt which helped me past a block with another article I had been working on.

Curious, I Googled her when I got home and discovered that she is also a New York Times best selling author whose books have been translated into eight different languages. She teaches at writing workshops all over the world.

Find out more about her and her books here: Jacqueline Sheehan writer’s website.

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