The Life Of A Writer – Youth Empowerment Workshop
I sincerely enjoy helping people and since I embarked on this writing journey anyone who has asked for help, I’ve assisted in whatever way I can. And I wish to do the same for the youth.
I remember being a child and having dreams. And that’s not to say I don’t dream anymore because I do. I dream BIG and I want so much for myself.
My dreams were a little different as a child. Life hadn’t had an opportunity to step in and shake things up. *sigh* I’m sure you remember.
As a child I dreamed of being a writer. I didn’t know in what capacity but I knew that I loved to express myself.
I have always been just as passionate about music as I am about writing so as a teenager I was able to marry my love of music with writing. I became a songwriter and later a freelance entertainment writer.
And the author of The Buzz, a novel about the entertainment industry.
Life is funny like that sometimes…
I dreamed of being a business owner. Although I could have never dreamed all of this for myself.
But whatever I dreamed…I didn’t just dream, I worked towards it. I set goals. I didn’t take no for an answer…
Let me say that again: I didn’t take NO for an answer…. I never asked anyone for permission to pursue my dreams, because it was MY dream. I never allowed anyone to nay-say my dreams, because it wasn’t theirs to nay-say.
Admittedly, I’m what most would call spontaneous, or a bit of a risk taker, so my journey has been chocked full of ups, downs, mistakes, triumphs, joys and pain. I am not afraid of failure. I am not afraid of making mistakes. You show me someone who hasn’t made a mistake in life and I’ll show you someone who’s not being entirely honest.
I’ve learned that success is not always defined by achievement(s), but is sometimes defined by the lesson(s) learned.
With that being said…I can say I achieved every thing I set out to and learned a lot of lessons along the way.
I think back on my childhood and how ALIVE my dreams were. How passionate I was at such a young age and how I worked towards achieving my dreams.
In comparison I look at kids now…and some are afraid to dream or they don’t know how to dream anymore…
How can kids dream, when they are worried about making it to school safely? Or their parents are out of work and they see no hope? How can they dream, when they’ve seen no one else in their immediate family achieve their dreams?
Think about that.
Kids today are faced with so many obstacles. And that saddens me, because I know that with a little encouragement they can begin to dream again. In full color. And for those kids who are dreamers, we must encourage them to dream a bigger dream!
My publishing company, Write One Publications, Inc. released Pull Your Pants Up and be a man! last year. The book was written by Bernice Harris and the foreword is by actor Malik Yoba. In all honesty, it wasn’t my intention to publish non-fiction but this book is so needed and the words are so encouraging and empowering, I knew I had to make an exception.
At book signings, parents were applauding the book but they were also requesting additional help for their sons and daughters. I was asked to attend a Father & Son event at Madison Square Garden and when they announced the Pull Your Pants Up book, the audience erupted with applause.
The book is needed. But the response from the parents, was that they also wanted more for their children.
I’m a talker by nature. If you know me you know this. lol. So the Youth Empowerment Workshop was the perfect extension to the book but also to my company.
The publishing company allows me to help foster writer’s dreams. But the workshop allows me to foster a child’s dream and provide them with a headstart on their goals. If children are empowered by their strengths and given concrete ways to achieve their dreams, they’ll excel further than you can ever imagine.
The Youth Empowerment Workshop promotes literacy. Reading has done so much for me as a person, and I want to encourage children to read. Whether it’s a book, a magazine or a website… knowledge is power.
The workshop helps children recognize their strengths and talents. Why is that important?
Well what if I didn’t recognize as a child that my passion was in writing or that my passion was in music? What if my parents hadn’t planted that seed? What if they hadn’t encouraged me to write? Or paid for my piano lessons? Where would I be right now?
The workshop concentrates on goal-setting. And because I recognize that we are living in a digital age, the workshop gives special attention to strengthening your talents through the use of the Internet.
The Youth Empowerment Workshop is affordable and businesses can even sponsor the workshop for schools or organizations within the communities they do business.
What can you do as a parent? Let your child’s school know about the workshop.
The Youth Empowerment Workshop was born out of the needs of youth but also out of my wanting to share. Afterall what’s the good in KNOWING and not sharing?
For more information on the workshop, please visit Write One Publications, Inc. or send an email to admin @ writeonepublications.com (no spaces.)
Stefanie Newell is a freelance writer based in Chicago and author of the novel The Buzz: When celebrity gossip goes wrong… She is also the CEO of Write One Publications, Inc., a publishing company.
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