Photo courtesy Robbie Holz.
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Edmonds author and healer will speak at EPIC Group Writers in the Edmonds Library, Monday at 11 a.m. Author provided this bio on the speaker.

In 1983, Gary Holz, an award-winning physicist, was diagnosed with chronic progressive multiple sclerosis. By 1988 he was a quadriplegic and, in 1994, his doctors said he had two years to live. Desperate and depressed, he followed a synchronistic suggestion and went to Australia to live with a remote Australian tribe. Arriving in a wheelchair, alone, with almost no feeling left from the neck down, Gary embarked on a remarkable healing transformation of body, mind, and spirit and discovered his own gift for healing others. Using the same principles, Gary’s wife, Robbie Holz, healed herself of hepatitis C and fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. Since her husband’s death, Robbie continues to teach the techniques in her writing, teaching and speaking.

Robbie’s speaking engagements expose her to audiences around the world. As more people become aware of their innate abilities to heal, the demand for her teaching grows. Robbie realized that an online course would be one way for her to deliver the information to many people world-wide. She contacted Daily Om because she was aware of their high-quality courses and popular teachers and speakers. The website offers free daily inspiration as well as sliding-scale classes and workshops. Now, for the first time ever, her eight-week course, “Use Aboriginal Secrets for Self Healing,” is available to people in the comfort of their own homes, to access at their convenience.

Through the online course, materials are presented in a multi-media format, including written text, videos of Robbie speaking and telling her stories, and guided meditations. “People can access the course at any time of day or night, they can repeat lessons, or they can practice the guided mediation daily — it gives them free reign to the material to use as they need,” says Holz. “There are also practical exercises for integrating the healing principles into your life.” The course is not just about healing, however; the principles of the course will help manifest anything: relationships, fulfilling careers, finances, and soul’s purpose. “This is ancient wisdom from the Outback Aboriginals that science is only now beginning to understand, and that more and more people are beginning to use in their daily lives,” Holz says. Here is a link to Robbie’s  for the course.

The course itself was developed by three Edmonds residents who have been members of the same writing group for nearly four years. In addition to their interest in writing fiction and non-fiction, between them they have skills in programming, technical writing, videography, photography and marketing. “We brought all our skills together in a team of three and it worked really well,” Holz commented. The original material for the course was developed by Robbie Holz, the author of multiple award-winning “Secrets of Aboriginal Healing.” Christiann Howard wrote the text, formatted the course, and programmed the HTML to produce an easy-to-read presentation. I (Kim Votry) combined lectures, photographs, and music to produce videos that capture the dynamic speaking presence of Robbie’s workshops and create powerful guided meditations.

“Secrets of Aboriginal Healing” is available at the Edmonds Bookshop, and more information on Robbie Holz can be found on her Info on EPIC Group writers is here.

The next series of the EPIC Monday Morning Writing Group runs April 1 - June 3, in the Edmonds Library. Led by, this drop-in group welcomes writers of all levels for a 10 a.m. free-write. At 11 a.m., published authors visit to share marketing and publishing tips.

All are welcome to join this free writing group, although the library conference room has limited space. Writers may want to arrive early to ensure a seat.

Thank you to these folks of EPIC distinction:

Thank you, Dianne O'Connell, for creating an EPIC writing contest flyer and maintaining EPIC financial documents!

Thank you, Kizzie Jones, Shari LaVay, and Dianne O'Connell, for putting together the EPIC writing contest!

Thank you, Ed Davis, for working on the EPIC buttons and making sure tables are ready for writers!

Thank you, Kim Votry, for taking EPIC minutes and working with writing students!

Thank you, Judith Works, for championing EPIC in the community and working on judging guidelines!

EPIC wouldn't exist without you!
This is your organization and it will be as good as you help make it. If you want to jump in, here are a few places that could use your help:

1. Kim Votry is editing 22 student novels with the help of young writers from the NaNoWriMo Club at EWHS. She will be seeking a grant for other NaNoWriMo projects this year, so if you would like to help with grant writing, please let us know.

2. Janette Turner is teaching a class at Trinity Place, and there are editing and e-publishing opportunities. If you would like to help, please let us know.

3. If you are a published author, and you would like to speak at one of our events, please let us know. We would love to connect you to our writers and readers.

4. Opportunities to write, edit and publish are always popping up. If you want to participate, let us know your interest. And keep the pen moving!
Upcoming Monday morning speakers

April 1 - to be announced.
April 8 - general/board meeting at SeaBreeze, 12:30 p.m. (no speaker).
April 15 - Teresa Wippel of My Edmonds News.
April 22 - Eric Livingston, technical writer.
April 29 - Wendy Becker (Karen Heines will preview summer program).
May 6 - Barbara Kindness, publicist and writer.
May 13 - Tree Swenson of Hugo House.
May 20 - board/general meeting at CBB, 12:30 p.m. (no speaker; Gretchen Johnston will preview ArtsNow courses).
May 27 - no writing group.
June 3 - to be announced.
"There are turkey-makers and turkey-eaters," said author Alison Krupnick today at EPIC. In Krupnick's metaphor, the turkey-makers are the ones who roll up their sleeves and get things done while the turkey-eaters are waiting for dessert.

Krupnick is the type who travels the world as a Foreign Service agent, learns a few languages, cares for an ailing mother and raises two daughters, all while taking charge on Thanksgiving -- clearly giving her turkey-maker status. Today Krupnick gave EPIC folks a slice of those experiences and more from her book, "Ruminations from the Minivan: Musings From a World Grown Large, Then Small," which she self-published in January. She used Create Space, and recently did a KDP free day, which brought in over 750 downloads.

Krupnick apologized for one thing -- driving her husband's Audi today because the minivan's check engine light landed the vehicle in the shop. After the talk, she sent a note: "The required repair for the Famous Minivan was minor and inexpensive." Whew! We look forward to updates from the road, wherever it leads her.

To purchase a copy of Krupnick's book, get in your own van -- or coupe -- and head to or . And check out Krupnick's to stay up-to-date on her travels and turkey making. --Janette

There are some things you can't help but look forward to -- like hearing about author Alison Krupnick's minivan travels. Krupnick will visit EPIC in the Edmonds Library on Monday, March 18, at 11 a.m., after the 10 a.m. writing group. Here's Krupnick's promo to get your engine revving:

"Alison Krupnick, author of "Ruminations from the Minivan:  Musings From a World Grown Large, Then Small," visits EPIC on March 18 to talk about why you should write that book you’ve always wanted to write, and her experiences with self-publishing and book promotion.

"Alison is a former world-traveling diplomat, turned minivan-driving mom and writer. As a Foreign Service officer with the State Department, she served in India, Thailand and Vietnam and in Washington, DC on the country desks for Egypt, Sri Lanka and the Republic of Maldives.

"Her writing has been published in Harvard Review, Brain, Child, the magazine for thinking mothers, Seattle magazine, Crosscut and a variety of news and trade publications and literary journals and anthologies. She is also the author of the blog . Alison lives in Seattle with her husband and two daughters."

Krupnick's talk will be followed by a board/general meeting at noon at Coldwell Banker Bain on Fifth Avenue. Everyone is invited to the writing group, talk, and meeting.



From My Edmonds News:

The public is invited to hear Edmonds Community College student writers, including editor and poet Catherine Nichols, read their works at the Edmonds Library on Thursday, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. The works will be featured in the forthcoming 2013 issue of “Between the Lines,” the Edmonds Community College publication featuring art and literature by students as well as members of the local community.

Edmonds Literary Series is sponsored by the Edmonds Arts Commission, Edmonds Library,  Friends of the Edmonds Library, EPIC Group Writers, Swedish Hospital Art Committee, and  “Between the Lines,” the student-edited Edmonds Community College literary magazine funded by the Associated Students. More information on the literary series can be found at EPIC Group Writers.



Writer and chef Lisa K. Nakamura will speak at EPIC Group Writers on Monday at 11 a.m. (following the 10 a.m. writing group), in the Edmonds Library. Nakamura is the chef and owner of Allium Restaurant on Orcas Island, and the author of 'Bucky the Dollar Bill,' about the change created when a single dollar is spent locally. According to Nakamura, her talk will cover “what inspires me to write, what I have discovered about being an author so far, things I would do differently the second-time around, and how I find cooking and writing to be reflections of each other. I hope that you will join me, as I share with you my journey in self-publishing.”

"The majority of people reading YA are adults," said author Mindy Hardwick at today's talk with EPIC writers. The YA trend, according to Hardwick, includes readers in their twenties and thirties, and this group gobbles up "The Hunger Games" ("Lord of the Flies" updated) and other books where the young protagonist solves the main problem. "Good story-telling" is essential to reach these readers, said Hardwick, and that requires character development based on these questions:

1. What does the Protagonist love?
2. What does the Protagonist fear? This will define the Climax.
3. What does the Protagonist want more than anything in the world? Then set up three obstacles increasing in intensity.

Another question Hardwick asks about each character is: What is in his/her bedroom, closet, nightstand and pockets?

Hardwick provided handouts to the group with links to (Euterpe/YA Imprint), , and . She also advised getting self-published e-books into to reach the library systems.

Hardwick's full-time writing career includes "teaching teachers" at S.P.U., mentoring writers at Denney Juvenile Justice, and promoting her books, including , and . In her spare time, she belongs to a YA book club. The lady knows her market. --Janette