Time to Write Now By Julaina Kleist-Corwin

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Who Is The Storyteller In Your Family?

In my family, my  mother’s sister is the best storyteller. I haven’t seen Aunt Marian, who lives in Washington, for fifteen years until this week when she came for a visit. We all settled in to hear her tell and retell stories about all of us and experiences from her life. She is 91 years old and still keeps us leaning forward to hear what will come next.

Some of my favorites are about the FBI, Liberace, and graves.

The FBI recruited Marian and a couple of her friends in high school during World War II. After graduation, the girls left the small (1200 population) farming community in Wisconsin to share rooms in Washington DC. Their jobs were to message secret reports that were hand-delivered then (reminder, pre-computer days).

She came back home after two years with the FBI to marry the Navy man (Uncle E. J.) she met in DC. He had been  shot while on a PT boat. During his recovery, Marian and my mom worked as waitresses. Jobs were hard to find during the war. The first restaurant owner who hired them was “mean” but they weren’t intimated and asked for a raise after a few weeks of work. Then they were taken to the police station to make statements about one of the staff people who went missing. Marian told them they obviously weren’t guilty of anything because she had worked for the FBI and then she willingly offered help in finding him. They thanked her with assurances they could handle it.

The next restaurant (since their request for a raise was denied, they moved on) was the one where Liberace got his start as a performer. My uncle joined them as a member of the  server crew by then and the three of them often ate sandwiches and had chats with Liberace after serving hours were over.

Of course, she told cemetery stories too. Local vandals switched  headstones to other graves during a two week period. Our ancestors were buried there so Marian wanted to solve the mystery and catch the scoundrels, but my mom and uncle talked her out of it after one shivering night hiding in the cemetery waiting for the next “crime”.

Aunt Marian knows how to hook us (often with little laughs before she begins a funny story), she knows how to arc her stories, and how to lead us to the climax. She enjoys our Wow’s or laughter responses. At family gatherings, the rest of us don’t try to tell the yearns even the ones we remember because Marian is the designated storyteller.

Who is the storyteller in your family?  What kinds of stories do they tell? Do you spot the elements of good storytelling that make that person the best?


Julaina Kleist-Corwin

Captivate Audiences to Create Loyal Fans

Written Across the Genres

Hada’s Fog

Get-It-Done Mastermind Group by Tamara Monosoff

Tamara Monosoff’s new mastermind starts in three days!  One opening left. She won’t be offering it again for a while. Here is her invitation.

The Get-it-Done Mastermind Group starts this Wednesday, April 19th.
I can’t wait!

There is still ONE SPOT LEFT. The first person to sign up, gets the spot.

If you are one of the extraordinary Authors, Experts and Coaches that have already signed up, you have taken the first step to achieving your income goals with your business.

Here’s YOUR Action Assignment for Wednesday’s first meeting:
If you’re in the program, I’d like you to think about the amount of money you would like to make with your business. Don’t be shy. Be honest. This is the first step in making your income a reality. No more spinning wheels, vague intentions, roadblocks… We are going to put a stake in the ground and FOCUS on what you want to create and earn and then… we are going to GET IT DONE!

If you haven’t signed up yet, ask yourself this…

> Are you tired of walking in endless circles not knowing the right actions to take to market your books, products, programs and services and generate the income you desire? You know, the income that would allow you to take a deep breath and smile knowing that all is well.

> Have you completed (or attempted to complete) yet another online course or left an event full of inspiration only to sit down in your home office and say, “What do I do now?”

> Do you have knowledge but have not been able to translate that into an actual system with a support group that works?

If this describes you… than the Get-it-Done Mastermind Group is perfect for you.

We are going to get clear about what we will accomplish together in the next 12 months. Yes! A big picture plan with the steps and support you need to see it through to actual success.

What will you celebrate in our Mastermind group?

> the launch of your book
> the creation of your online course and how to package and sell it
> landing speaking gigs that lead to more visibility, credibility and income
> setting up a Membership site (recurring monthly income)
> designing events and getting your venue for free!
> getting featured in the Media Spotlight
> learning how to magnify your message on Social Media (Facebook Live, BeLive.TV, 22 Social…)
> understanding and setting up your sales funnels (the right way!)

If you’re thinking about ways to open new doors of possibility, in a safe and supportive environment, filled with relevant training, clear strategies, tools and accountability — then you’ve come to the right place.

We already have amazing, smart people signed up who may be that perfect partner or friend that you’ve been hoping to meet along your journey.

Our FOCUS will be on accomplishing YOUR GOALS, Collaborating, Networking and Celebrating!!!

It’s not too late to join us! Check out the details here.

There is only ONE SLOT LEFT!!!

I’m in, are you?


Julaina Kleist-Corwin

Written Across the Genres

Captivate Audiences to Create Loyal Fans

Hada’s Fog

Quote From Wayne Burgraff VS. Mark Twain Quote

At 2:35 today, I sent the manuscript for my new book, Captivate Audiences to Create Loyal Fans to the press.

Here is a quote that I deleted as I went over the final draft. I had several quotes and this one was the easiest to delete. Important quote but it’s not quite to my point.

Wayne Burgraff, “It takes one hour of preparation for each minute of presentation time.”

Since my book is about preparing to tell engaging stories in presenters’ talks instead of winging it, I had another quote that I liked better and kept it in the manuscript.

“It usually takes me more than three weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech.” Mark Twain.

The impromptu makes me laugh and emphasizes my point.

As Donna Kozic says, “See you in the bookstore.”


Julaina Kleist-Corwin

  • Written Across the Genres
  • Captivate Audiences to Create Loyal Fans
  • Hada’s Fog


Why Teach Empathy to Preschoolers

ALK3R shared an article today about why preschoolers should be taught empathy.

Why We Should Teach Empathy to Preschoolers

I’m curious what you think. Please let me know in comments.

On my other blog, I posted ALK3R again with his article about the Evolution of Gratitude. Click here if you want to read it.

Julaina Kleist-Corwin

Written Across the Genres

Captivate Audiences to Create Loyal Fans

Hada’s Fog

[FREE TRAINING] Easy to Follow Process by Christina Hills to Create your Website

I want to share a surprising truth with you…

This topic probably doesn’t feel Urgent or Important to you most of the time, but that’s exactly why I need to be the one to bring this up…because no one is really talking about it.

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I’m talking about your website.

If you don’t have the ability to easily update and edit your website for your business, chances are you’re either spending way too much on a web designer or you simply don’t have a website that does the “heavy lifting” for you by staying up-to-date with the times, representing who you are, and attracting new clients.

If you have had any of the following thoughts about building your own website…

* It’s going to be too expensive

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* It’s going to take way too much of my time

* I don’t have a clue so why even get started?

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Julaina Kleist-Corwin
Written Across the Genres

Captivate Audiences to Create Loyal Fans

Hada’s Fog

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