July Writing Workshop

NoosaMarinaGalleryWriters need writerly friends and mentors to grow their work. With the May workshop successfully launched, Jo will teach the next memoir writing workshop in July, again in partnership with local Hearts and Minds Art Gallery in Noosa and Tewantin at the Marina. The second of our “Hearts & Minds Writing Workshops” will be “Writing Your Memoir – 1” in JULY. Space is limited to 10. For more information on the workshop and our July class, click here!  Write on!

 

New Year’s Resolutions for Writers

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  • start writing that memoir;
  • finish that novel;
  • revisit that screenplay!

Jo is now offering:

Individual or group writing instruction, editorial coaching, and story consultation for writers at all stages. Online or locally (as in Noosa, Australia). Find out more about her reasonable rates and professional support. Make it a creative resolution to keep!

Just Released: WHEN GIRLS BECAME LIONS, A NOVEL

Cover,WhenGirlsBecameLionsThe incredible championship of the U.S.A. Women’s Soccer Team at the June 2015 FIFA World Cup confirmed the sport’s popularity and the growing impact of women athletes as role models. Now comes a novel that continues the celebration of both: WHEN GIRLS BECAME LIONS.

Co-authored by Valerie J. Gin and Jo Kadlecek, both former college athletes and coaches, WHEN GIRLS BECAME LIONS is a tale of two teams, Title IX and the women who became champions—and friends—in the process. It is a unique literary contribution to both women’s fiction and the ordinarily male-dominated sports genre as it celebrates women’s friendships against the backdrop of sport history. Now available in print and e-book through any independent, chain or online book seller. 

Watch the book trailer!

Great Writing Advice from Great Writers

writingbookspicStraight from Jo’s bookshelf, here are some time-tested pieces of advice (in no particular order) from great writers on the writing process, and why we should approach it with care:

•”If you don’t think cheaply, then there at least won’t be the quality of cheapness in your writing . . . Any discipline can help your writing: logic, mathematics, theology and of course and particularly drawing. Anything that helps you to see, anything that makes you look. The writer should never be ashamed of staring. There is nothing that doesn’t require his attention.”—Flannery O’Connor, “The Nature and Aim of Fiction” in Mystery and Manners Continue reading

Five Tips for Truly Terrible Story Telling

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With so many helpful lists out there, LampPost Media wanted to contribute one of its own for anyone interested in telling spectacularly bad stories:

1. KEEP IT RANDOM:  Create a super complicated plot with lots of characters and conflicts, settings and dialogues so no one knows what’s going on. Or better yet, have no plot at all. If you can’t answer the question, “What’s your story?” in one simple sentence, you’re on your way to a truly terrible one. Congratulations.

2. LET IT GO:  Forget about a plan or a structure or an outline of any sort. Telling a story is so easy, whether in print or on camera, it just happens organically anyway. No need to think it through. Continue reading

Publisher Features Jo on Its Website

NoosapoolOut of its 96 authors, Upper Room Books has featured Jo Kadlecek, author of Woman Overboard: How Passion Saved My Life, this month on its website. Though Jo’s book was published in the fall of 2009, editors at Fresh Air Books, an imprint of Upper Rooms, wanted to highlight a few of its back list authors and their works. Usually, the spot is reserved for new works but Woman Overboard struck a chord in the editorial team.

The featured piece also includes a guest blog post that Jo wrote on transitioning to Australia (hence the swimming pool!): When Passion Makes a Move. We hope you’ll take a look and spread the word about a memoir we think will speak to your own journey of passionate pursuits.