Joanne Fedler's CoursesThe writer's journey
Why would anyone care about your story?
You may think you’ve done done nothing special. That you’re no-one important.
But what constitutes a ‘nothing special,’ ‘unimportant life’?
I healed from a chronic illness. I left an abusive marriage. I stayed after the affair. I left my homeland. I left my religion. I lost a child. I nursed my dying mother. I was sexually abused. My child was sexually abused. I was abandoned. I’m living with breast cancer. My family rejected me. I had post-natal depression. I’m living with depression. I adopted an abandoned child. I was widowed young. I was raped. My daughter was raped. I raised four children alone. I decided to keep the baby. I was a prostitute. I am a prostitute. My child is a drug addict. I’m raising a disabled child. I am disabled. I couldn’t have children. I tried to commit suicide. My child committed suicide.
Each one of these stories is a narrative of survival, a testament to the strength of the human spirit. They show us what it takes to leave an abusive marriage, what it asks of the human spirit to forgive a rapist and what work is needed to heal an illness. They speak of growth, resilience and transformation – and this is the medicine the world needs now.
Whenever we stitch ourselves back into the fabric of life with words, we create a groove for someone else in which to rest her own tremulousness. One person’s courage breaks ground for others. Our personal voices speak into the universal voice.
In troubled times, our responsibility as writers is to use our words to inspire, nourish and grow the spirit – our own, each other’s, the planet and the Great Spirit that runs through all things.
Your life is not insignificant. Your life is not small. Your life touches my life. We are all connected.
What if you trusted that your story could change someone’s life?
How would you share that gift with others?
What makes me different from other writing mentors
- I’ve written and published ten books in five different genres (literary fiction, commercial fiction, memoir, narrative non-fiction and self-help);
- my books have sold over 650 000 copies worldwide;
- I’ve been teaching, writing and mentoring writers for ten years;
- most writing mentors focus on craft. I focus on consciousness – who you are as a writer and what message you have to share. I know that consciousness fuels craft – only when we know why we want to write and what we want to write, do we need to learn how to do it perfectly for our genre and market;
- I help writers connect with the soul of their book- we find the heartbeat together;
- my years as a counsellor for abused women equipped me to listen deeply to what people say and to feel for the story hiding in their words;
- my legal training gave me solid training in logic and structure (essential in writing);
- as a women’s rights advocate and CEO of a not-for-profit legal advocacy centre, I learned to be a practical strategist: how do we get our message into the market and call people to action (i.e buy books)?;
- In 2014 I did a year long business programme for entrepreneurs to master the fundamentals of branding, marketing, pitching, profile and platform (which are essential for commercial success);
- In 1994 Hustler magazine made me Asshole of the Month because of my advocacy work against violent pornography – I’m tough and robust and I’ll teach you to be resilient (you need it if you want to be an author).