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I've written a book of poems with inspiration for your writing, too. Then, off to homes & bookstores to host writers workshops.

Hi, my name is Gail Standish Ward and I have written a book of poetry entitled "The Scrapbook of Miss Gail Standish Ward" and that is just what it is, a book of my literary scraps which I have scrawled out and collected over the past year.  I think the subtitle should probably be, "I really want you to read this, I have no idea where it came from."

Do you remember being asked to write a poem in English class? Yikes! I love writing and am excited to get my work out there, but I've also been a teacher for 20+ years so there is another element to the book. In the scrapbook I'll walk you through some simple and fun exercises designed to take the fear part out of writing and give you permission to just write.

The second major element of my project will be a series of writer's workshops  held in homes and local bookshops all over.  My idea is to support local bookshops while providing a chance for a bunch of people to laugh and relax and just write.

But I need your support to launch this project. There is little money in being a poet, I have faced that, but we need to have a place of permission to flat out tell it, don't you think? Help me bring that to spots near you and other folks who love books and writing. 

All the money raised will go toward :

  • Professional photography and graphic design - $1,520 
  • Professional PR video shoot - $600
  • PR rep fees - $2,900.
  • Copyright and LCCN fees - $125.
  • Initial order of books for PR and workshops - $425.
  • Limited edition of books hard-bound in artist's canvas - $1,250
  • Initial order of PR posters and cards - $130.
  • Initial tour travel expenses - $2,000.
  • The things I know I forgot to include  - $ 550.
  • My work to send your rewards - $0.
  • SUBTOTAL = $ 9500 
  • Kickstarter and Amazon together take 10% - $950.
  • TOTAL = $10,500.
Please remember, folks, - this is an all or nothing kind of deal. If I don't raise all of it, I get none of it! (in which case no one's credit card gets charged)  


And that is where the scary and the faith come in.
I would love to have your help on this wild new adventure which will (I know from experience) change people's lives. You will get to see it in action through updates, too.

Thank you for your interest, and please do pass this along to your friends. 

All good things, Gail

FAQ

  • Great question! You will find a bunch on my blog, http://portobelloroad.blogspot.com/, but here are 2 newly hatched.

    11. If it is really true

    That like finds like

    Then how can opposites attract.

    And if out of sight means out of mind

    Then how can absence make the heart grow fonder?

    Except if we just don't know

    The way our hearts really work

    Which makes me feel somehow tender

    Like the modern world will never have the final say.

    We will never know why our hearts behave this way

    So no one can ever really buy us off, try as they may.

    33. The meadow out front was extra meadowy today.

    It's all wavy and filled with wild-flowers

    And it is suiting my mood just right.

    I feel a little extra wavy and filled with wild-flowers myself tonight.

    Spring is settling in to the portion I most like

    Past the showy forsythia, on to the iris and azaleas, and roses,

    The more substantial and much pinker flowers.

    The peach tree and the apples have made it through the frost, I hope

    So there should be a good harvest come Fall, but one never knows.

    I have made it through the frost, too, I think,

    But one never knows.

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