Tuesday, March 2, 2010

An Online Course - Oh the Stories You’ll Tell: A Celebration of You and Your Work Begins March 10th, 2010




How many times have you thought of sharing a story but stopped yourself? How often have you felt you had nothing to say? How many times have you started to write a product description you were passionate about because you knew the product you created was sensational but chose to play it down or try to “fit in” with everyone else’s lingo?

We don’t celebrate ourselves or the things we do nearly as much as we should and - as artists, writers and crafters making a presence online – it is especially important to do so. Getting your authentic voice out there and being truly proud of it takes courage. It helps to have someone cheering you on and providing the advice and encouragement you may need while working to make your dreams come true. Let me be that personal cheerleader.

“Oh the Stories You’ll Tell” is a 4 week workshop designed to recharge your storytelling and celebrate the true magic in all you do. We will tell stories in all sorts of ways from writing and art journaling to baking and photography. As we explore new and unusual ways to tell our tales, our vision of who we are and what we do will broaden allowing us to find unique ways to represent ourselves and our work in person and online.

Within this limited enrollment class, you will find fun exercises, inspiring prompts and funny videos. In addition, you will interact with members of the group and receive personal attention from Natasha. This course has been designed so that many of the activities will fit within the framework of daily life. In fact, the hope is that it allows all of us to be more present and fulfilled in our day to day lives. In the end, you will have a journal filled with memories of your storytelling journey that you can refer to anytime you feel as though you are losing your way.

If there is one thing I have learned as a writer and artist, it’s that we need to shake up routines, find new ways of looking at things, and find an inspiring and supportive community where we can share our ideas. The Thursday Sweet Treat was founded on the belief artists and writers need a place to dream, support one another and share the work they love to create. This course builds upon this philosophy.

No two stories or the ways in which we tell those stories are alike. We bring a distinctive perspective to all that we do; sometimes we just need to remember that and rejoice.

I hope you will join me on this journey. In the end, we will not only have found a way to stay true to our voice but we will celebrate it in ways that will enhance our personal and professional life.

When you sign up for the workshop, you will receive a link within 24 hours to a private site where we will be working together. I wanted to make this course affordable for all so the cost is $25. It begins on Wednesday, March 10th, 2010.


About Natasha

Natasha has been writing since the day her mom put a journal in her hand at age four. She received her MFA in writing from the New School in New York City before spending time as Marketing and Development Director for a nonprofit and later, freelance writer creating promotional materials for small businesses. Natasha assisted in creating original curriculum pieces for a private school in Manhattan before being invited to teach writing and editing workshops for some of the students. She has taught writing and photojournalism workshops for teenagers and written for publications such as Family Circle, Latina, Lifetips and MediaBistro.

If you have any thoughts, concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at natasha@creativenachos.com. I'm looking forward to having a blast with YOU!






17 comments:

Rowena said...

You started your class! Yay!

And guess what? We're both alumna of the New School! I got my masters in teaching there in 98. The elevator used to open up on the MFA floor and I'd have to grit my teeth to keep from running out. But I don't regret becoming a teacher. It was an important thing for me then.

When did you go? I wonder if we were there at the same time, passing each other in the halls and library?

Natasha said...

Yes I finally took the plunge ..it should be a super fun course!
I CANNOT BELIEVE we are both alum!! That's insane R!! We were sooo supposed to meet. I was not there in 98 though...after college I worked for awhile and then decided to go back in 2001. I seriously can't believe that...that's crazy...and you know I thought long and hard about teaching ....so WEIRD!

JanetDavies said...

This is SO exciting, Natasha, and I'm so, SO happy you are doing this!!! I'm signing up pronto.

Natasha said...

Janet!! Thank you SOOO much...a long time coming but it's finally happening...I'm SOOO excted you are signing up we are going to have a BLAST!! I promise

Amanda Fall - PersistentGreen said...

Woohoo Tash! You are so perfect for this course--I can't imagine a better cheerleader than you.

These participants are in for a treat!

SalvagedExpression said...

Further proof that you are amazing! I wish you all the success you deserve!

Natasha said...

Amanda and Sal - YUPPER you BOTH made me cry! Thank you soon much for that. You ladies are endless inspiration in my life...BIG hugs I'm sooo glad we met on this virtual playground!!

Erica said...

Wow. That sounds awesome. I have serious confidence issues and could probably learn a lot from this course...

Natasha said...

Erica - how are you?? Great to see you!! I think that anyone who has ever submitted here OR worked with me in any way would tell you that I so everything in my power to create safe environments so people can share ...we all have confidence issues...I've got loads but each time I share I move a little farther past them...I'd love to see you as part of this course...I think you'd have a blast and I can tell you from the people who have already signed up...it will be safe, respectful and truly a lot of fun...come join!! I'd love it :)

aquamaureen said...

Well, whoop-de-doodle-ly-do!!!! Your course is my birthday present to myself!!! Heading off now to push that BUY NOW button!!!!

p.s. hey .. the captcha thingie is "utwerpro"--which I read as "you twerp"!!!! I am not!! (or maybe I am!!)

Natasha said...

OMG! Maureen!! You guys have all made me cry today!! Good tears...I can't believe this will be your birthday present to yourself! I promise to make this the BEST b'day present EVER!!!! Happy Birthday - when is it?? I can't believe this...I'm sooo touched ;)

aquamaureen said...

Perfect timing--March 9th is my birthing day, and March 10th your class starts!!!!

Natasha said...

YAY Aqua!! We are going to have to celebrate for sure!!!!!! YAY!!!!!

lisianblue said...

aaaahhhh U Twer Pro
Maureen - Happy Birthday! I have two little fishies too! Both my kids were born the 1st part of March!
Natasha - this is awesome - wow - I wanna I wanna I wanna - may be - I am planning on a trip to Co later this month so I'm going to think about it for a day or so - if all the slots fill up, well then maybe next time you do this it will work out! I cannot imagine a safer environment to be in than one with you as the ring leader!!

Natasha said...

Lisian you are SOOO awesome!! Thanks for thinking about it...I hope you do BUT there is no pressure ...if not there will be a next time....aww you made me smile BIG like this :) thanks cutie!

aimee said...

super!! it sounds like a blast and i'll mention it on one of my upcoming posts!

Natasha said...

Aimee!!! Soo awesome to see you here.I'd love to see you too ;) Thank you so much!! You are an angel! BIG hugs to you