Secrets of the Zona Rosa: How Writing (and Sisterhood) Can Change Women's Lives

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Henry Holt and Company, Apr 1, 2007 - Reference - 384 pages
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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.

 

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Contents

CHAPTER ONE THE STORY OF MY WRITING AND OTHER LIFE
1
CHAPTER TWO WE ARE ALL DOORS UNTIL SOMEONE SLAMS US
34
CHAPTER THREE IF I WAS REALLY WILD
67
CHAPTER FOUR WHEN IVE STEPPED OUT IN FAITH
110
CHAPTER FIVE IF I TOLD MY JUICY SECRETS
148
CHAPTER SIX IF IM REALLY HONEST IM NOT ACTUALLY OKAY WITH
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CHAPTER SEVEN IF I THOUGHT LIKE A GUY
222
CHAPTER EIGHT A CHORUS LINE OF WINNING LEGS
260
CHAPTER NINE A BEVY OF PERFECT TITS
302
Epilogue FIREWORKS OR THE BIG ZONA ROSA PARTY IN THE SKY
341
Afterword and an Invitation
346
Appendix A My Third Brothers Third Wifes Strawberry Cream Cake or the Official Zona Rosa Dessert
348
Appendix B A Slew of Writing FearsDo Any of Them Hit Home?
350
Appendix C Tap Into the Power of the PinkStart Your Own Sub Rosa Group
352
Acknowledgments
357
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Rosemary Daniell is the founder and leader of Zona Rosa, a series of creative life-changing writing workshops attended by thousands of women (and the occasional men) over the past twenty-five years. She is the author of The Woman Who Spilled Words All Over Herself, Fatal Flowers, Sleeping with Soldiers, among other works 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.

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