Saturday, September 18

Revising Your Mentor by Catharine Bramkamp

Lets invite back month-to-month writer Catharine Bramkamp as she shares with us “Revising Your Coach.” Delight in!


I treasure everything about Goldberg the author and Goldberg the workshop leader, but I rapidly learned it is impossible to re-visit the pleasure and wonder of that extremely first book, that preliminary discovery of a procedure, an author, a coach..

Catharine Bramkamp is the co-producer of Newbie Writers Podcast that focuses on newer authors and their concerns. She is an effective composing coach, Chief Storytelling Officer, and author of a dozen books including the Real Estate Diva Mysteries series, and The Future Girls series. She holds two degrees in English and is an accessory university professor. After fracturing her wrist, she has actually figured out there is very little she has the ability to make with one hand connected behind her back.

Natalie Goldberg was in. I bought all her books and instruction tapes. I discovered her very first collection of poetry, Chicken and in Love.

Wild Mind came into my hands and heart at precisely the correct time..

I would have loved to take a trip to Taos to join a live retreat with her, however on close reading of the retreat curriculum I saw that each day featured about 3 hours off quiet meditation. Which was about 3 and a half hours too long. I could never justify spending that much cash to invest that much of my day in complete suffering.

I enjoy her messages and recommendations for how to write and how to write well: keep your hand moving and compose for 10 minutes without stopping..



I bought all her books as soon as they were launched. And because of her message of acceptance, I did not write like Goldberg.

Satisfying the Mentor.

Goldberg drew me into her exotic world: She is Jewish. I was raised Catholic. She is Lesbian. I like kids a lot I made two of my own. She was a complete time teacher and speaker. I was my own complete time marketing department for a nonprofit. She practiced meditation for hours sometimes. Did I mention the kids?

She is not the most electrifying of speakers. In reality, while researching for my thesis, I listened to class tapes: The Writing Life (with Julia Cameron), Writing Down the Bones, and Writing the Landscape of Your Mind– all of which exposed that her insistence to never ever talk about an authors work, drove me insane..

I still love Goldberg. I still enjoy her message.

At the time, this was an extreme concept, but of course, forty years later on, many writers have so thoroughly internalized her messages we do not even observe. All of us write for 10 minutes or if we can more, however we get it: we compose.

The Mentors Main Message.

Fast forward. I have a shelf of Natalie Goldberg and a dead end task..

I am a really passionate Natalie Goldberg fan girl. I love all Goldbergs books, I own all Goldbergs books, but her most well-known, Writing Down the Bones ( I have 2 copies) was not as transformational as Wild Mind..

Coach Came at the Right Time.

At the time though, her work and ideas were a discovery.

Even after we discover weve outgrown our coaches, we can honor them by teaching the next generation..

Research study the Mentor.

I realized that for my next profession phase, I needed my M.A. The boys were in high school and didnt actually need much from me, so I returned to school. It existed I engaged with Goldberg and her writing in a totally different way..

My huge moment was to finally see her personally at Book Passage in Marin. I. Was. Delighted..

Wild Mind was among the first books on composing I check out given that college..

I have Goldberg to thank for:.

Other than.

Goldberg drew me into her unique world: She is Jewish. And since of her message of approval, I did not compose like Goldberg. Natalie Goldberg was in. I still love Goldberg. She is an effective composing coach, Chief Storytelling Officer, and author of a dozen books including the Real Estate Diva Mysteries series, and The Future Girls series.

One of my thesis projects was to research study and discuss the whole oeuvre by a single author– not only what she composed, however all that had actually been blogging about her..

The MA in Creative Writing.
The college mentor positions.
The five year– 200 episode composing podcast.
The composing workshops.
The writing books.

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