Writing Inspiration,
with Phyllis Cochran and Sharon Harmon

Saturday, April 17, 2021

10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

This program is free and open to the public. No registration required.

Thayer Memorial Library

please note that due to covid-19, this program may be subject to change and may be online.

Phyllis and Sharon have been teaching as a team for several years. Together they will share what they have learned in the field of writing inspirational pieces. In this class Sharon will discuss the therapeutic work of writing to deal with issues. It will include journaling, letters, and poetry. She will show the class how to submit a poem and also a list of possible places to submit them. Phyllis will offer tips on:  Finding your voice to tell your story; Why inspirational and religious pieces are in demand; What to avoid in this type writing; What is needed to capture the attention of editors and readers; How markets differ; and Writing inspirational fiction.

Phyllis Cochran retired early from a career in business and became a freelance inspirational writer. After losing a daughter, she felt inspired to write Shades of Light –A Spiritual Memoir published in 2006. Other inspirational and religious pieces appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul  books, Woman’s World, Grit, Focus on the Family, and various magazines as well as several anthologies. She has taught Writing for Publication and Memoir classes with Sharon Harmon.

Sharon A. Harmon is a poet and freelance writer. She was the poet laureate for Royalston’s 250th Anniversary in 2015. She has been published in numerous books including Chicken Soup for the Soul, Flash in the Can, A Patchwork Christmas and Worcester Magazine. She has lost a child and her poems appeared in The Compassionate Friends Newsletter and in her chapbooks, Swimming with Cats ( Autumn Light press) and Wishbone in a Lighting Jar ( Flutter press). Sharon views writing as being a very therapeutic way of dealing with thoughts and emotions with issues as a way to deal with them and move forward. She has taught classes at Monty Tech, The White Elephant, and The Women’s Health Initiative and Women’s Health Awareness Week.