Barbara Abercrombie

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    Barbara has published novels, memoir, books for children and numerous personal essays and articles.  She teaches creative writing at the Writers’ Program at UCLA Extension and conducts writing workshops for the Wellness Community

Brooke Abercrombie

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    Brooke is an entrepreneur who has spent the last decade of her career exploring the ways technology can be used to enhance learning.

Writing Rooms


February 12, 2006


Pat Prince Rose

Hi Barbara! It's Pat Rose, from your amazing UCLA Writers Studio class. I loved your class, and frankly, miss it. What an enriching experience! Real life has a hard time living up to that sometimes! Anyway, my friend is interested in coming wih me to your Wellness Group. I'm wondering when the March class is meeting. Thanks for everything!! Love, Pat


Pat - thanks for checking in. The next Wellness Community workshop is in Redondo Beach on April 29th at 9:00 am. There's no March meeting.

Dave Milam


Thanks for your commitment to writing and to "us" in the broader community, and especially our wellness writing group.

My conviction is that letting our pens flow, free writing, reveals unimaginable felt-thought senses and when digested -fuller and more lucid living.

My hope is that I and others will see "publishing" through, even if as simple as a letter(s) otherwise left unwritten and unsent.

Ultimately, each of us writes "my book" and we together "our book" whether captured on paper and shared or not.

More to come.


Dave - I love that: my book and our book. And thanks for expressing so beautifully what writing does for us.

Shani Phethean-Hubble

I am totally inspired by your exercises, energy, verve and enthusiasm. Thank you for sharing them with me, and in turn I share them with our group.

Best wishes Shani


Thanks for those kind words! Let me know if your group has any questions or ideas for posts.

Barbara Horter

This looks like a great place to begin. Will appreciate any hints. Wrote as as a correspondent for our local newspaper, wrote poetry as a child and adult, write all the time, Am writing a memoir. Wrote introduction and compiled chapter on religion for The New Twentieth Century History Of Beaver County, Pennsylvania.
Barb Horter (Need help in getting publishing ideas)

Eric Bowen

Here's a writing contest likely of interest to your readers:

Writing contest: "Things Mother Taught Me"

Theme: "Things Mother Taught Me"
Genre: True short stories, with some poetry accepted.
Prizes: First $500, six more prizes totaling $600
Deadline: December 31, 2007 (tentative)

Contest entries will be published in a book. Half of the profits from the book will be donated to shelters for mothers and children escaping from abusive relationships.

FAMILIA BOOKS • • PMB 326 • 1225 E. Sunset Dr. Ste. 145 • Bellingham, WA 98226 • 360-384-1028 • [email protected]


I am so happy to have found you!
I am currently working on my first book manuscript.. and so very excited..
see my blog at

I've already written well over 25K words and I'm on a roll.. looking forward to getting to know you!

Big hugs,
Bonita Rose

I am a passionate writer, been a writer my whole life.. been blogging since Jan 2006.



I just discovered your site the other day while I was doing general research on writing. I love your site so far and look forward to reading more. I am VERY green with the whole writing process and am overwhelmed with where and how to start. I am a stay-at-home mom of three wonderful children, but I've always known there was a writer inside of me. I LOVE to write, I just have no real experience in it. I feel like I don't know HOW to write and this is what I'm researching. Where to begin, what to do, how to do it... I know that inside me I have so many stories to tell as I have experienced a great deal in my 36 years. I just need to figure out what to do with it all. I also have a great interest in writing/creating childrens books. So my hope is to find guidance here and would also love to know if you have any suggested sites/reading for me. Thanks and again, I look forward to reading more.


Shirley H. Showalter

Barbara and Brooke,

I am a former college president now a foundation officer who became a blogger on the side last year ( One thing I hope to do in the next year is collect a group of other writer blogs and promote them on my own site. I love that the two of you are working together, since my son created my website. I would love if you would check out my site, leave a comment, and I will definitely send readers your way.

 Amina El Karamany

I have been writing since I was a kid, I wrote stories, and journals and made up magazines to sell to my parents. I loved reading and books all my life. I wrote poetry and prose then. and stopped for whole 10 years. I came back to life, to myself and to writing and I am trying to write a book or a novel. I write so much now, but I have no idea what will come out of it. I have something to share, and I am experimenting with the form in which to share it. I have been reading your book "Courage & Craft". Have not finished it yet, but it is so gentle, friendly and encouraging. I love it.

A Kassner

Hello. I am new to your site and wish to contribute. Are the writing exersizes meant to warm up the artistic brain, or are they submittable for your opinions and suggestions? My blog is new, and expresses opinions and viewpoints formulated from a news event or personal experience. I know in my heart this is the site for me. I look forward to further connections. Thank you.

D.R. Brown

Barbara, I've just recently found your site and can't wait to read everything. I look forward to learning all I can. I guess I haven't found where or how to sign up for the online writing group. I'm still trying to find my way around. How do I join?


Hi Everybody - Forgive my silence about your comments -but I haven't checked into this part of the blog for a couple of years! The best place to leave a comment is under the current post. I check those every week - Thanks so much for your interest in this blog.

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