Women of Words Fall Forum and Book Fair

General Information

Saturday, November 7, 2015
9:00 am - 1:00 pm 
Doors open at 8:45 am

The Woman's Club of Minneapolis
410 Oak Grove St
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Admission: $10 at the door or
pay in advance at Eventbrite
$5 for WOW and Woman's Club members
Profits from this event will be donated to Books on Wings

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More Information

The WOW Fall Forum and Book Fair will provide you the opportunity to learn and be inspired from over 20 workshops as well as networking with 30 women authors and speakers.  

            Workshops start at 9:15 a.m. and include:                            Authors will be at their tables from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
          •Leadership & Networking
        •Inspiration & Personal Growth
        •Health & Wellness
        •Writing & Book Publishing

Book Drive!

We will be collecting new and gently used books to be distributed to women at the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Shakopee and also for those impacted by domestic violence being served by Tubman.

Books most in need are:
Fiction and non-fiction titles of a general nature. Works by people of color along with bestsellers and books dealing with popular topics such as health and fitness, beading and crocheting, substance abuse and addiction, relationships and family.

Workshops start at 9:15 am and include:

 Speaker  Presentation  Description
 Nikki Abramson H.O.P.E. Ways to live a hopeful life  From tragedy and despair to HOPE. Learn ways to discover who you are, how you take despair, and brokenness into something beautiful. Take the challenges in life and turn them into hope. Let's journey together on a quest to live a hope filled life.  
 Connie Anderson Editing Tips to be a Better Writer  “Self-editing” involves the things you can do to fix your writing before anyone else sees it—or you send it to a professional editor. Learn 1) how to catch your own mistakes or common misuses, 2) tricks of search/find/fix on a Word doc, 3) word usage, 4) punctuation and grammar, 5) and many more writing tips.  Hint: Always read your writing out loud.
 Ruth Bachman Navigating the Narrow Spots How do we learn to accept "what it" and move forward?  Living life abundantly after a challenging "narrow spot" requires a balance of many things, including adjustment, adaptation, acceptance, grieving and grace.  Discover and enhance your capacity to navigate the inevitability of the one constant in life - change. 
 Meg Blaine Corrigan Resilience in the Face of Trauma Meg Corrigan is a retired college counselor, author, speaker, trainer and sexual assault survivor. Meg has written two books and speaks to churches, civic groups, college students, mental health professionals and law enforcement personnel, as well as youth in juvenile facilities, about her astounding rescue from a situation that almost ended her life. She conveys a powerful message of hope in the darkest hours, and she credits her resilience to the grace of God.
 Gloria EnglundSix Common Myths about AddictionMisconceptions about addiction disorders creates stigma for those seeking treatment along with their loved one and keeps both from receiving the help they need.  This presentation will focus on the six most common myths and misconceptions about addiction and what can be done to quell these myths. Although Gloria will present these myths, the format will also include a question/answer application.
 Mary Farr The Promise in Your Plan B Life tends to be a series of interruptions. Rarely do we meet someone living her or his Plan A. While it offers us many opportunities it also tests us with setbacks, dead ends, hellos and good-byes. Relationships ebb and flow. Jobs begin and end. Responsibilities mount. This presentation will highlight the wealth of resources we each possess to initiate, investigate, and recreate our next plan - our Plan B. 
 Tai Goodwin Reclaim Your Brilliance: Let Go of Your Past So You Can Step Into Your Purpose There are people that can't step into their purpose until you step into yours. Learn how to break free from self-sabotage, self-doubt, and fear so can fully embrace your brilliance. You'll leave this experience with 5 simple yet powerful ways to SHIFT into your purpose. 
 Barb Greenberg First Step? Chocolate! Finding the Sweetness in Difficult Life Transitions Whether at work or in our personal life, sometimes we find ourselves in uncomfortable, and often painful and overwhelming situations. Discover tools to help you navigate through difficult times, learn to trust your journey, and find ways to understand the lessons, wisdom, and sweetness that are waiting for you
 Louise Griffith  You Are Worth It It is common to focus on caring for others while forgetting the importance of caring for you. Take this opportunity to renew and refresh yourself as a person. In this presentation, you will explore ways to honor your wisdom within, step into your personal power while choosing your story, and experience the celebration of your individual gifts and strengths. When you decide you are worth it, whatever your “it” may be, you make a choice and often take a leap of faith. Many options open up for you. The time is now!
 Stephanie Landsem Making your book un-put-downable How do you write a book that readers just can't put down until the last page? Using her favorite writing resources, Stephanie will give a snapshot of how to design a plot and develop characters that grab readers imaginations and engage their emotions.
 Karen Lund Striving for Peace - The Courage to Act Ask yourself, how can you:
• Add the qualities of being an Elder to your life?
• Change your path at anytime in your life’s journey?
• Gain insight to the opportunities available to you?
• Develop and enhance the courage to act, to change
 Carol McCormick How Do You Comfort Children Exposed to Death and Help Them Understand Dying?  Shootings in the news, the death of their grandparents, classmates, and parents frighten kids. How can you guide then to talk about their fears and feel safe? Discover typical understandings and grief reactions of different age groups and take home a bibliography of children’s books that open the door for a discussion of death and dying.

Presenter Carol McCormick has been a Professional Storyteller for over 30 years. She is the author of A Bridge for Grandma, a children’s picture book that helps people accept death
 Annie Meehan Be the Exception... Your 7 Steps to Transform You choose the area of your life you want to improve or transform and Annie gives you the 7 steps that work for your professional, Personal or Writing side of life.  We will talk about changes that need to talk place to go from Good to Great. We will talk about transformation that takes place in life and in writing a book. Annie will share some tips during this interactive presentation.
 Mary Treacy O'Keefe Meant-to-Be Moments: Discovering What We are Called to Do and Be An important aspect of a meaningful existence is finding our purpose in life. Opportunities for discovering this are often found in circumstances and situations that people believe “happened for a reason” or seemed “meant to be.” In this presentation, Mary will share inspiring stories about these types of experiences and demonstrates a four-step process for discovering how to discern purpose, meaning and callings within our own lives.
 Michele Rae Igniting Your Center Within How do you tap into that deep place inside that connects you to your creativity and brilliance? We will share your insights, wisdom from ancient teachings and the modern science of quantum fields and mind-body connection as tools to access our Center Within. We will also practice together which will give us a firsthand experience of accessing our inner passion and spark.
 Lisa Spiral Besnett Reaching for the Divine Many of us find ourselves on a spiritual journey.  We seek the Divine in places that are outside of our traditional religious structures.
We find ourselves in a life crisis and want to connect to something that helps us persevere.  We may not always be aware of it, but the Divine is always Manifest, present and available.  We just need to learn how to pay attention.
 Colleen Szot & Joyce Rosenblad The Secrets to Successful Scriptwriting Everyone seems to have a movie or TV script in them...but let's face it: Ideas are a dime a dozen, where scripts are worth their weight in gold!  In this seminar, you will learn the ins and outs of writing specifically for TV, including:
* How to write for an existing TV show: know your characters, understand the 3-act rule, when and where to introduce a visiting or new character, writing dialog for real situations.
* How to develop a TV treatment: writing the one-pager, character development, episode suggestions.
* How to register /protect your content: registering with the WGA, copyright laws, indemnification rules.

Colleen Szot is a highly successful scriptwriter, with credits that include The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Bob Newhart, All in the Family, and MASH. Most recently, she has worked with Ryan Seacrest to bring an original sitcom to the TV screen, and has also authored 3 scripts for Mike & Molly, and Modern Family. She is also an in-demand scriptwriter for cable TV, TV commercials, and infomercials. She lives and works in Minneapolis. 
 Teresa Thomas How to Make an Instant Impact in Your Networking This session is about more than making a great first impression. It is how to translate your wow factor into meaningful, memorable business connections. You'll gain insights to help you make an instant impact in your networking from the moment you walk into a room and all the way through to your follow up plan.
 Dr. Artika R. Tyner Women Leading Change: A Guide to Discovering the Leader Within Throughout history, women have been at the forefront of advancing social change and making the world a better place. Dr. Tyner will offer practical guidance for developing your leadership skills, explore current social justice issues, and profile women leaders in the community who are leading change. She challenges you to ask the question, “What is in my hands to make a difference in the world?”
 Beth Westie The Great Secret to Women's Health Dr. Westie will be speaking on the top 10 health conditions that affect women, how the symptoms present differently in women than in men and provide the top prevention tips.