Barnes & Noble Reading
Saturday, July 9, 4:00pm
Melissa T. Shultz,
author, literary agent, and
The Writer's Garret instructor
reading her new book:
From Friday, July 8, through Sunday, July 10, in store or online, mention the bookfair at the register OR use code # 11898897 and a portion of your purchase will help support The Writer's Garret!
Live your best life even after your kids leave home. When her children left for college, Melissa Shultz was certain that she had prepared them well for their new lives-but her own life was a different matter entirely. Her house was empty, her purpose unclear. If her life was no longer dominated by the day-to-day demands of being "Mom," then who exactly was she? And how would she ever move forward?From Mom to Me Again is the story of one woman's reinvention. Shultz's struggle with the empty nest and the transformation of her marriage, friendships, career, and ultimately herself, is part memoir and part self-help guide. Funny, poignant, and practical, this book tells Shultz's personal story and provides valuable advice for readers preparing to send their children off into the world. She shows women that while they'll always be mothers, it's time for them to take center stage in their own lives once again.
"A funny, honest, and moving love letter to mothers with everything we need to know to prepare not just for our children's futures, but our own. I love this book!" - Jill Smokler, New York Times bestselling author of Confessions of a Scary Mommy and founder of top parenting website scarymommy.com
"If even just the words "empty nest" make you feel like crying your mama-bird eyes out, take heart. From Mom to Me Again is here to smooth your poor, feathered forehead, to say, "I know," soothingly, and to offer practical advice for turning your own bereftness into a rich, full life." - Catherine Newman, author of Catastrophic Happiness and Waiting for Birdy
"The kids left, the dog died, and I hadn't spent a moment preparing myself. From Mom to Me Again is the guide I wish I'd had." - Carol Fishman Cohen, CEO of iRelaunch and co-author of Back on the Career Track
"Don't make the mistake of waiting for the kids to leave home to prepare for the rest of your life. Melissa Shultz tells us why, and how, with warmth, wit, and wisdom." - Lisa Belkin, creator of the Life's Work column and the Motherlode blog in the New York Times, and author of Show Me a Hero
"Part memoir, part self-help guide, Shultz's journey of embracing her empty nest and the process of reinventing and transforming her life is told with candor, sincerity, and just the right amount of humor. Moms who are asking, "Now what?" this book is for you." - Club Mid (ScaryMommy.com)
"Funny and poignant, Shultz shows us how we can live a happy and fulfilling life even after the kids are gone." - Grown and Flown.com
"[a] wise and encouraging guide for mothers of adult children.
" - Publishers Weekly
will also be featured in our upcoming celebration of 21 years as
The Writer's Garret!
You are invited to join us for
the celebration of our 21st Birthday!
Readings, Talks, On-line Pilots, Youth Camps,
with Tim Seibles, Allison Hedge Coke,
Drema Hall Berkheimer, Weina Randel,
Joe Milazzo, Karla K. Morton, Melissa Shultz,
and many others.
And, if you participate in any of these classes and events,
you can join The Writer's Garret
for a full year for only $21
through October 2
(Save the Date! Our Fall Open House)
Friday Night, July 29, 7-9 PM, at Wild Detectives
Join TIM SEIBLES reading his work with other poets and writers who have been instrumental in helping The Writer's Garret not just survive but thrive these last 21 years. FREE!
Sunday, July 31, 1-4:30 PM, at The Writer's Garret
TIM SEIBLES teaches an Advanced Poetry Workshop. Only openings for 16 students. Register here.
Saturday, July 30, 1-4:00 PM, at The Writer's Garret
SLAM CAMP for Youth, Ages 12-18. Limited spaces available. Register here.
Friday, August 5, Noon - 2 PM, at The Writer's Garret
ALLISON HEDGE COKE discusses the power of mentors to shape the lives of others at this Brown Bag discussion for educators, social workers, youth, and mentors. FREE!
Saturday, August 6, 1-6 PM, at The Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture
A FREE All-Afternoon Literary Celebration
12:30 Welcome and Birthday Cake & Champagne: Streaming On-Line Toasts and Remembrances
with a Tribute to Ronald Moore
Sunday, August 7, 1-4:30 PM, at The Writer's Garret
ALLISON HEDGE teaches a Creative Writing Workshop Others for Poets, Fiction Writers, and "Authenticity and Authority in Writing." Register here.