September General Meeting
The Art & Magic of Memoir
Guest Speaker: Diana von Welanetz Wentworth
Diana von Welanetz Wentworth is a New York Times bestselling author of 10 award-winning books (including two of the Chicken Soup for the Soul titles), and a beloved storyteller with over 40 years of publishing experience. She is passionate about the power of story and teaching others how to share their unique life tales as a legacy.
Diana’s entrepreneurial careers include television celebrity chef and co-author of the award-winning The Pleasure of Your Company (“Cookbook of the Year”).
In 1985, Diana and her late husband Paul von Welanetz founded the Inside Edge (www.InsideEdge.org), a Southern California weekly breakfast forum where forward-thinking leaders have gathered for 35 years to hear more than 1500 cutting-edge authors and speakers on the topics of psychology, scientific breakthroughs, global issues, success strategies, spiritual awareness and the arts.
At one of those early meetings Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen brainstormed their concept for the first Chicken Soup for the Soul. Diana soon became their first co-author with the third book in the series, Chicken Soup for the Soul Cookbook (almost a million copies sold). She later re-partnered to write Chicken Soup to Inspire the Body and Soul with Canfield, Hansen and Dan Millman.
The film rights to Diana’s romantic memoir, Send Me Someone: A True Story of Love Here and Hereafter (Renaissance Books and St. Martins Press), the poignant story of how her late husband promised to send her a new love, was purchased by the Lifetime Network for development into a movie of the week.
Diana has been speaking internationally for over 40 years and has been a keynote speaker at writer’s conferences. She loves leading people to discover the joy in writing, editing and publishing their personal stories. Her subjects include The Magic of Your Stories and Writing and Publishing Your Book in 120 Days.
Description of Speech: Through sharing her journey to writing and publishing her memoir , as well as collaborating on two Chicken Soup for the Soul books, Diana will provide insights to mining personal experiences and passions to inform and develop a successful memoir or other work of non-fiction.
Schedule of topics covered:
Identifying worthwhile stories and how to structure the story and infuse it with compelling details.
After registering you will receive a zoom invitation to join the Zoom online meeting on the day of the event.
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Event Contact: Kristina Hoffman