“Fast Track to Writing a Book” March Meeting

Writers’ Bloc meets on the 4th Monday each month, in the 3rd floor game room of Lakestone Terrace with critique at 5 pm and program at 7pm. March program by Pegg Purser Freeman will be a “Fast Track to Writing a Book.” Peggy will share tips and an overview of a couple of on line courses being offered for writers.

Author – First novel – The Coldest Day in Texas, (TCU Press) one of three finalists for The Texas League of Writers Teddy Book Award, presented by First Lady Laura Bush. She is author of Cruisin’ Through Life-Dip Street and Other Miracle, Spy Cam One and Swept Back to a Texas Future – a historical play for children, depicting an overview Texas history. (Hendrick-Long)

Peggy’s latest book – Dip Street and Other Miracles Celebrates the 50s and 60s, inspires family values and transports the reader back to home and heart in a Lewis Gizzard fashion.

Speaker – Peggy speaks on: her own work, the writing process, Texas history, responsible behavior, values and finding your own family history.

Student Writing Workshops – Students of all ages love writing when they participate in Peggy’s workshops. Centered on games and fun activities even writing becomes an enjoyable adventure.

Editor – Peggy served for the past 10 years as Editor for Granbury/Glen Rose Showcase Magazine.

Freelance Writer – Peggy writes for 7 major magazines across Texas. She has written columns for newspapers and Radio Disney public affairs shows 620AM.

Teacher – Peggy has taught writing classes at University of Texas at Arlington and Texas A&M Tarleton’s Langdon Center in Granbury.

Texas Independence Day Student History Fair – A 2014 Volunteer of the Year for the Texas Heroes Foundation, Peggy serves to promote Texas History and the freedom and liberty we enjoy as Texans as she facilitates the TID Student History fair in North Texas.

Creator and Chairman of the Elizabeth Crockett DAR Constitution Camp for Kids – Peggy dreamed of hosting a camp for kids to promote the study of the US Constitution for the children of Hood County. Thanks to her fellow patriots in the Daughters of the American Revolution the first camp took place in June of 2015 and plans are underway for a camp each summer. Peggy gladly shares resources with other communities who want to host a Constitution Camp.


Curvy and Confident Call Out


Chicken Soup for the Soul: Curvy & Confident
101 Stories about Loving Yourself and Your Body

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Curvy & Confident

Women come in all shapes and sizes. We’re all beautiful and the key is to be fit and healthy within the body type that we were issued at birth. Our new book is all about body image, self-esteem, and feeling comfortable within our own skins. We want to stress the mind + body + spirit connection, the rational consumption of foods that we like (no stringent dieting) and the pursuit of exercise that makes us feel happy and connected to the wonderful machines that are our bodies.

We want to be fit and healthy, but that doesn’t mean we have to look like a traditional model, although these days that’s changing too! Look at the new Barbie dolls, which come in tall, petite, thin and curvy! Or the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue, featuring women of all shapes and sizes.

Society is changing and we want to be part of it. Curvy and confident — let’s share our stories. We want your stories about loving your look and feeling beautiful. How did you develop confidence? Have you helped girls and other women get confident? How do you stay fit? What do you eat? How have you gotten to know your body? Tell us about how you became curvy and confident or stay curvy and confident. What advice do you have for other women? How did you learn to deal with the pressures society and the media put on women to be thin? What lifestyle changes did you make? What attitude adjustments did you make? And when you did decide to accept and love yourself just the way you are, how did that make you feel?

If you are a man, tell us what you think of the curvy and confident women in your life. Do you have your own story about your own body image or self-esteem? Does the curvy movement help you too?

We’re excited to have the world’s first curvy supermodel, EMME, joining us as coauthor of this book. She is an advocate for women to find happiness within the skin they’re in — for women to nourish themselves emotionally, physically and spiritually by learning to eat nutrient-dense foods, get their bodies moving, choose friends and lovers wisely, carve out silence within their busy day to just be, and for once and for all to enjoy the diversity of their body types.

Please remember, we no longer publish “as told to” stories. Write your story or poem in the first person. Do not ghostwrite a story for someone else unless you list that person as the author. If a story was previously published, we will probably not use it unless it ran in a small circulation venue. Let us know where the story was previously published in the “Comments” section of the submission form.

All stories should be true — we do not publish fiction — and should be no longer than 1,200 words. If your story was already published in a past Chicken Soup for the Soul book, please do not submit it. We will not publish it again. If you submitted a story for one of our previous books and we did not publish it, please feel free to submit it to this book if you think will fit. That way we will be sure it is considered for this new edition.

If your story is chosen, you will be a published author and your bio will be printed in the book if you so choose. You will also receive a check for $200 and 10 free copies of your book, worth more than $100. You will retain the copyright for your story and you will retain the right to resell it or self-publish it.

SUBMISSIONS GO TO OUR WEBSITE. Select the Submit Your Story link at the bottom of the page and follow the directions.


Submission site