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Happy 2017 and New Teaching Space!

While walking through Central Park on a bright November day, I saw this rainbow (header image) in a fountain. Little did I know that it was sign of good fortune to come. Several days before New Year's Eve, I received a phone call from my dear friend Mr. R.D. Chin to meet him on West 30th Street, near Penn Station. With his lovely wife, R.D. secured a gorgeous space above an art gallery in midtown Manhattan. "It's a place where we can all teach," he said. This is a dream come true.

The Teaching Space to Grow in Community

​With this new chapter for Melissa's Coaching Studio, I hope you will come visit as well as join a discussion or take a workshop. Beginning in February, I'm offering several different events.

Chi: A Journal Writing Workshop

Writing is the perfect way to make the invisible visible. Writing together, we will learn how to express the best of who we are in the world. Learn how to channel your chi into journal entries, affirmations, and much more. We'll be writing, reading passages from the mystics, sharing, and helping each other through the art of words. More details here.

Perfect Pitch Thursdays

Do you have a book idea? But, you have no idea how to crack the publishing world? I'm dedicating four, one hour session every Thursday afternoon to work one-to-one with writers. Well work on your pitch and networking strategies in order to help you bring focus, clarity to your concept, brand, and platform. More details here.

Book Club 307

I'm so excited to start this book club. Book Club 307 is for agents of change. It is no coincidence that I selected Kelly Link's Get in Trouble: Stories, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, for our first book discussion. We meet the first and third Tuesdays of the month. More details here

Social Media Labs, Marketing Workshops, Career Strategy Seminars in March!

Write by Hand

I love Bette Davis. The other night, I caught her film In This Our Life on TCM. Released in 1942, there is one part where her uncle and father are waxing and waning for the good days. You know the ones. The days of honor, duty, personal responsibility. Some things do not change. 

And that, my friends, is how I feel about writing by hand. Just because the world runs on smartphones does not mean we should throw writing by hand out the window, even if elementary schools are throwing it out of the classroom. Allow me to make my case.

​3 Reasons to Write by Hand

VOICE

As a form of thinking, writing brings clarity. Our written thoughts point to patterns of what we say "yes" to in our relationships and what we say "no" to in our lives.

Are we saying "yes" and "no" in a way that honors our values consistently? ​

Read aloud. Each word by your own hand validates your unique role in the world. ​

INTIMACY

​Writing by hand is tactile. We slow down to form the letter of each word, allowing us time to distinguish between our emotional states, happiness and joy, for example, are not the same. 

With typing, the tactile sensation of pushing the keys is the same for every letter. We sacrifice reflection for production. ​

PRIVACY

The 21st Century is the Age of Sharing our Selfies. Every organization and social media service provider uses our personal data to aggregate marketing information and to channel our emotional needs back to us through targeted advertising.

To write by hand is to create a sacred and safe space to be alone with our thoughts and feelings.​

In This Our Life was the last novel written by Ellen Glasgow. She wrote 19 novels before this one. Can you imagine it? No computer?! She wrote early drafts by hand. In 1941, Glasgow won the Pulitzer Prize for the novel and Warner Bros. bought the film rights for $40,000. 

I rest my case. ​