Participating in one of my life shops or musing sessions provides many of the following benefits:
- Discover what you want to do with your life
- Draw out your greatness so you can make your own economy
- Help you overcome your fears, creative or otherwise
- Teach you how to write a blog post that speaks to your audience
- Make sure you don’t live the life of quiet desperation Thoreau refers to
- Collaborate with you to craft personal essays or newspaper columns that will get published
- Encourage you to take back your power
- Show you how to stop sleepwalking through life
- Assist you in finding your life theme
Read testimonials from recent life shop or musing session participants
As a writer, I have a very eccentric, quirky style, a style that doesn’t work for everyone. So, when I decided to take classes with Julie, I was worried that she wouldn’t “get me.” I quickly realized not only did I have nothing to worry about, but I found her to be a true gem for any writer, including me. She is thorough in her analysis, very insightful, and always kind. One hundred percent of the time, when she specifically told me something wasn’t working, she was on target. And she always suggested things that I should look at to make the humor funnier, to make the characters more distinct, or the ending more satisfying. I’m so thankful for the day I first entered one of Julie classes. I’ve taken many of them and I continue to work with her.
Travel Writer and Screen Writer
Last month in the monthly writer's workshop, you offered an exercise about taking a chance. I wrote about all the reasons I was not wanting to sign-up for a poetry workshop just now. When I reread them I realized what BS they were, and that FEAR was the only reason. So I signed up and am now in Week 4 of a challenging and worthwhile effort.
So I thank you for providing this writing process to help me to learn my own mind. Once again it was a lovely reminder of WHY I write.
I appreciate your help and jump-start.
Giulietta brings music and so many options. She answered questions from beginners to those with vast experience. Teaching is her forte. It was a fun afternoon of painting with lively conversation and music. I am inspired by the creativity of your exercises and found myself in a great mood to tackle my week on Monday!
Project Management Trainer and Consultant
"I gave myself the wild painting class as a gift and was very grateful I did it! I am a painter but, I do not usually paint like this...it felt like it was right out of my soul. Half the fun was being with the other students and Julie. This is my kind of therapy, thank you!"
Mosaic Artist and Painter
"I thoroughly enjoyed Giulietta's Wild Painting class! I was surprised to learn how easy it is to let go and set your imagination on "auto pilot"... I enjoyed using watercolors so much I immediately bought watercolor paper and paint and have begun creating some really beautiful business cards to use at a holiday craft fair coming up. It was a really fun afternoon and new way of expressing myself has been born!"
Clothing and Accessory Designer
I have taken quite a few highly structured painting and drawing classes over the past few years, and found Giulietta’s Wild Painting class to be really fun and relaxing. She supplied all the materials, some of which I’d never used before, and let us just enjoy the act of painting with abandon.
Singer, Painter and Illustrator
I really enjoyed Giulietta the Muse's Wild Painting this weekend. It opened up my creativity and gave me permission to just let whatever I was thinking or feeling come on to the page. It was freeing and I loved the results.
Spiritual Counselor and Intuitive Healer
Giulietta, your Wild Painting Program was not only a fun way to spend the afternoon, but also a great help to me in getting over my decades long fear of painting! There was no pressure to perform, it was just "paint whatever comes out of you." And surprisingly enough, some cool paintings came forth. Thanks for the fun!
Jill Whalen, Singer and Workshop Leader
What Did You Do With Jill?
What to do when a "monster snow storm" is all they talk about? I had the best two "pre-snowstorm" hours at Giulietta Nardone's "Wild Painting" program.
Great way to experiment and see what a paintbrush and color could tell me about my "unfinished stories."
Poet and Seeker
I really enjoyed Giulietta's 'How to Live a Kickass Life' class and I have to say it was one of the most enjoyable classes I have ever taken. It came at the right time for me when I was looking for something to help give me the spark I needed to light a new fire in my my life. Giulietta is, plain and simply stated, one of a kind. A class with her opens a window of possibility when you are faced only with closed doors. If you feel like your life is 'missing something', Giulietta is certainly one who can help put you on the path to find it!
Kristen Collins, Actress and Event Planner
I’ve just completed Giulietta’s “How to Live a Kickass Life” class online. I had thought that I wouldn’t have time to do a class at night but the fact that she offers it online made it doable… and I’m so glad I did it! I had a number of things that I wanted (needed!) to do that were spinning around in my head, but somehow I wasn’t able to be focused on any of them. Giulietta’s class helped me understand my motivations and the things that were holding me back, and concentrate on what I really wanted to do. After taking her class, I’ve found myself motivated and cranking out the work that I had wanted to do for so long. Thank you Giulietta!
Dana Cox, Painter, Designer and Singer
I "found" Giulietta when I took her fabulous Humor is the New Black writing course last spring. I loved working with her so much that when she introduced “How to Live a Kick Ass Life” via teleconference, I signed up for the very first class. Giulietta is an inspiration. She’s a sincere, authentic, encouraging and giving teacher who really “gets” each student. Giulietta’s lesson materials are chock full of ideas, inspirations, quotes and readings to help you to clarify what you want and to take steps to achieve your goals.
Kathy Blewitt, Canada
Writer & Farmer
Giuletta 's humor writing class helped me re-think funny and work with my own sense and style of humor. She introduced the class to a wide variety of humorous articles and this, too, helped provide me with a context for my own style. I loved the warm-up exercises, especially nail polish stories, but most of all, I appreciated Giulietta's encouragement and generous spot-on feedback. The class is helpful for those who want to write humor and those who want to lighten-up heavier pieces. I've done both since taking the class.
Denise Kay Jacobs, Writer & Teacher
Giulietta is an awesome instructor! I took her "Humor is the New Black" class this spring and loved every minute of it. She gives great examples, creates excitement for writing, researches avenues for publishing, and surrounds you with endless encouragement and suggestions. I can't wait to take another one of her classes.
Paula Sherwin, Writer & Astrologer
Giulietta is an inspirational, knowledgeable and fun instructor. Having taken a previous course with her, I was very excited to register for “Humor is the New Black.” She did not disappoint! I cannot say enough positive things about Giulietta. It has been just over a week since the class ended, and already I am having withdrawal.
Terri Morse Sorensen, Writer
The Humor Is The New Black writing class I took with Giulietta Nardone was one of the best things I did this year. I had a great time during the class and took a lot away from it. I was not only exposed to the funny aspect of writing, but also a number of publication outlets. Giulietta was extremely helpful throughout the entire class. I would recommend this to program to anyone interested in learning to write with humor.
Ben Lentoni, Student & Writer
Giulietta's class came along at the right time when this "wanna be writer" was ready to dig in. It was the perfect opportunity to join like minded people to explore our passion for the written word. Giulietta led interesting discussion of stories, inspired us to write and share with each other, and gave constructive critique to our essays. She had a wealth of ideas and resources that she felt might be interested in my essays. This class made all the difference. In fact just a few weeks after completing her class, I got up the courage to submit one of my stories to Chicken Soup for the Soul. And was pleasantly surprised to get an email that my story had been selected for their upcoming book. I am over the moon excited that I will be a published author much sooner that expected! I thank Giulietta for the encouragement and enthusiasm that built my confidence and gave me some new tools that got me writing again. I highly recommend this class
Chef, Painter, Writer
I found out about Giulietta's "Wild Writing for Women" class just days before it was to begin, and it could not have happened at a better time for me. I was at a crossroads in my life, in the middle of a divorce, still recovering from the death of my dad, recently moved back to the MetroWest area, and on the verge of major breakthroughs. An avid reader who has always wanted to write a book but never devoted the time to do it, I decided to jump in. Giulietta totally inspired me! One of my problems is obsessing over finding exactly the right word and getting stuck before I even begin. Giulietta eliminated this issue for me by proffering a "prompt" and then setting a short time limit in which to write about a fun topic I never would have considered. This freed me to follow a stream of consciousness, train of thought, go with the flow kind of writing, which I found exhilarating! We also read articles that Giulietta had carefully chosen and handed out at the beginning of each class, to get our creative juices flowing. After we read our own stories aloud to the other students, each of us received feedback from Giulietta and the class. Although most of us originally were apprehensive about being critiqued, Giulietta fostered an atmosphere of honesty and encouragement that helped to bolster our confidence and make us all feel safe and worthy. I totally respect and admire "Giulietta the Muse" and highly recommend her as an instructor!
For years I have thought about writing memoirs but have never gotten around to it. Taking Wild Writing! For Women: Let Your Real Self Loose really did the job. I find myself writing all kinds nuggets to expand into essays. Giulietta is a great guide to finding one's voice. She's a non-judgmental teacher with a good ear for the written word. She has plenty of exercises to help you break through your barriers and have fun at the same time.
Ginny Lockhart, Teacher, Editor and Writer
Teacher, Editor, Writer
I haven’t had this much fun with paint in years! Wild Painting gave me permission to simply show up, play freely and get bold with color. Thank you Giulietta, for the frequent refills of clean water in my paintbrush cup! I appreciate the wonderful take-away printout of useful tips, warm-up exercises & resources too. Thank you also to Cheryl Cohen, for providing the inspiring art studio space!
Mary Starr Green
Yoga Teacher and Self-Kindess Advocate
I really enjoyed Giulietta’s Wild Painting workshop! She started us off with an inspiring writing prompt to get us going in our visioning process. Giulietta brought a variety of colorful materials to try. Each artist was able to work in their own way, whether experienced or not, with Giulietta’s encouragement to loosen up and let it out! It was cool to see everyone’s artwork displayed together at the end, because each piece reflected a unique style.
teacher, artist and environmentalist
In Giulietta’s Wild Painting class I slapped paint down on paper without thinking too much. I just did the first thing that came to mind and worked very fast without judgment. I think this exercise released some fears that held me back and has sparked more spontaneity in my work. The next day I woke up elated and that mood lasted all day.
Thank for the writing adventure. Very enjoyable, friendly, safe environment to share one's creative soul.
Lisa Edinberg, writer
I've been thinking about the writing seminar every day - it was such a fabulous experience! The prompts that you used were interesting and varied, and they made me think about things in ways that I probably wouldn't have on my own. I loved the way that you made us all feel like writers. All of our different styles and approaches to things were valued, and you were thoughtful with your feedback without being negative. The four weeks went by too fast. Thanks for creating the opportunity to start writing!
Katy Shander-Reynolds, teacher, actress and writer
I participated in a writing workshop led by Giulietta and without a doubt it was one of the best experiences I had all summer. Giulietta offered everyone in the group a chance to write and share without fear. Every week there were new writing exercises that were challenging but fun and her feedback gave me confidence to continue. I am currently working on a poem I started in the class and am looking forward to the personal critique Giulietta has offered to give me, an added bonus for early registration!
If you love to write, if you are ready to take a chance and dive in, there is no better person to accompany you!
Lisa Price, business owner & possibilities maven
The Red Dress
I got so much value out of the Naked Writing: Strip Off Your Fears And Get On With Your Life workshop. We have so few opportunities to just sit and share our truth with other kind and sincere people. Guilietta created a space where everyone felt safe to explore their fears and begin to let them go. The writing prompts were intriguing and really got us thinking in new ways. Inspiring and enlivening!
Enneagram and Collage Teacher
I attended Giulietta's Fearless Writing Workshop not knowing what to expect. I discovered I have several patterns around things that I do that are based on my fears. Giulietta provided us with some tools for moving forward and overcoming them. The other women in the group were wonderful -- honest and real. I felt comfortable being in their presence, which allowed me to open up. We helped each other and shared.
I entered this course only at the urging of several people in SCN, not believing I would continue blogging after the four weeks were over. I had no interest in blogging, but everybody said "Do it," so I figured I'd find out what it's about.
In these four weeks I've found my topic, my voice, and my stride. Ideas are starting to line up for me to start incorporating into blog topics. I know what I'm about! It's like having my own column in an on-line magazine; I've always loved writing for magazines, and didn't realize that's what it would be like. Thanks for your wonderful, powerful-yet-gentle style of teaching, and encouraging the class through this experience. So much accomplished in such a short time!!!
Thanks again. It has been transformative. How amazing that among all these lovely women from Texas, the American West, the Eastern seaboard and whole continent and even Yemen - we two in this tiny town of Ashland would have connected through SCN.
Samantha M. White
Author, Positive Aging Coach
I’m not a writer but I wanted to find a way to become inspired to start a blog and write on a somewhat regular basis. I find that I often hold back my true feelings in social and business situations settling for neutral or boring.
Julie gave us simple exercises that showed us the power and uniqueness of our voice as well as techniques on how to utilize our voice to create topics to engage people through our writing.
Julie really empowered me as a “non-writer” by leaving me with a great sense of confidence in expressing my true thoughts and opinions, making it so much easier to get the pen to the paper.
Anne Pouch, web designer, salad lover and funny lady
Anne Pouch Web Design
The Wild & Disobedient Writing seminar with Julie nudged my thoughts out of the box and into parts of myself I rarely explore. Pushing myself into the "I dare to..." and "the parts of me people (at networking meetings) don't see." territories with a group was fun and inspirational. Julie prompted me to think about unconventional ways to look at and present myself and my business. The premise and title for an upcoming e-book came from this seminar series. I look forward to letting my "wild & disobedient" spirit inspire me, chapter by chapter!
Janet Parnes, Etiquette Consultant & Historical Character Actress
Etiquette For Today
I enjoyed the life shop "Wild and Disobedient Writing". Julie is warm, funny and inspiring. The class enabled me to be more bold and creative in my writing and in life in general. I am looking forward to taking more life shops in the future.
Christine Galvani, crosswalk safety strategist
Giulietta presented "How To Write A Killer Blog Post" to my On-line Marketing and Social Media Group. During her fun, interactive talk, she shared some great ways to make our blog posts unique and personal regardless of the type of business we have. Each participant left the seminar with not only a heartfelt blog entry in hand, but also a clearer picture of her target audience. I plan to use Giulietta's
ideas in my next post.
Kim Reddington, client magnet
I am newly self-employed and felt unsure about today's networking "rules and regulations" having been out of the business world for the last 14 years. I participated in Giulietta's "Business Enthusiasm Clinic" workshop where she created an honest and fun atmosphere for the group to talk about where their business is and wants to go. I learned a lot about what motivates and excites me. I understand my "why" and feel more confident about what I am doing and what unique qualities I have to offer others.
Jill Sykes, color goddess, home staging
Go Room By Room
Giulietta and Cheryl are a great tag team for a lot of fun, inspiring, and practical advice. It's like a little kick in the pants!
Kris Guay, writer
Life with Teenagers
Giulietta, I really enjoyed your "Overcoming Your Business Fears" life shop. I really appreciate how you skillfully and humorously guide us around the touchy issues we all feel alone in, but that are really so common to everyone's experience. You provide a sense of safety for us to reveal, even to ourselves, what's holding us back, while at the same time playfully encouraging boldness at every turn!
I look forward to progressing to the "Now That You've Overcome your Business Fears, What are You Going to Do with All that Brilliance and Extra Cash?" life shop :-)
Barbara Kessler, improv actress, producer, singer-songwriter
I hired Giulietta to review and help reinvent an essay I was completely lost with. She gave me intelligent, sensitive, frank, creative ways of not only re-imagining the essay, but also gave me several spin-off ideas to work with. Lots of detail, encouragement, positive energy. I highly recommend her!!"
Erica Ferencik, writer
Waking Dream Press
Life Shop morning with Cheryl’s intuitive poetry suggestions, readings and experiences gave meaning to how to honor our wild and precious life. Giulietta’s insightful sharing of artful tokens, cards to inspire inner curiosity, were part of a clear, well-organized outline for discovering that writer-someone in all of us.
Writer and Poet, Massachusetts
What a refreshingly open and nonjudgmental experience! I felt so comfortable sharing the quirks of my life and the feedback and advice I received in return has stayed with me over the last few weeks ~ I have already started incorporating some of the ideas I learned from the group into my day to day life. Thank you for a wonderful workshop!
Bicylist and Lawyer, Massachusetts
The Step Into Your Greatness & Make Your Own Economy life shop was unique. The intimate size of the group enabled us to be open about our life goals and dreams without feeling intimidated. The approach, while organized, offered many opportunities to digress and play. Since the class ended, I’ve been jotting down random ideas for making my own economy, feeling ready at all times for my genius to flow!
The insights I gained in the life shop and from Giulietta’s follow-up letter have helped me make changes in the way I approach teaching and making art. I want to allow my students and myself more time for exploring different options.
Artist & Teacher, Massachusetts
Giulietta is a true Muse! I took her personal essay writing life shop and was flooded with both inspiration and hands-on advice. She primed my creative pump, helping me look fear in the face and say, “I can!” I left her life shop not just encouraged but emboldened.
Writer, Live Blogger & Genius behind The Mouth, Massachusetts
You definitely inspired me to expand my thinking by removing limiting self-doubts, and identifying and taking the first steps towards goals that seemed too lofty or out of reach prior to your session. You effectively led the session in such a way that I was quickly comfortable sharing my inner-most doubts and dreams. Thank you for helping me to expand my horizons and “think milky-way big.“
Conservationist & Public Speaker, Massachusetts
I want to thank you for your “Milky-way Big Thinking” life shop. It gave me courage to voice my deepest desires, and to realize that they are within my grasp. Through the exercises was also able reconnect with a strength I had been overlooking, and that may be an integral part of realizing my goals. Thank you for shining a light on it.
Carolyn Van Cott
Artist, Teacher and Graphic Designer, Massachusetts
Giulietta’s essay writing workshop was the highlight of my summer, partly because I wanted to take a workshop like this was for years and partly because she made it so rewarding. Giulietta creates intimate sessions with abundant encouragement, story examples, lists of resources, and time to read and critique each other’s work. She thoughtfully guides each student and creates a rich and exciting atmosphere for sharing ideas and life stories. Once you take her workshop, you won’t want to stop connecting with others in this deep way and writing more stories.
Gardener, Writer and PR maven for businesses that care
Giulietta's "Overcoming Your Creative Fear" workshop was amazing. Afterwards, I went straignt to a karaoke venue and sang my heart out to a Beatles tune. Thank you for facilitating such a thrilling kick-start to face my singing fears, take them on and finally burst into song!
Cheryl Perreault, Spoken Word Artist & Poet