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Life & Creativity Coaching


This is my invitation to you: Come and talk about the life you want to have and the work you want to create. We will work together to make your visions real.

Sessions may include discussion of such issues as:

creative aspirations and creativity blocks

the isolation of the artist’s life

resistance, rejection, recognition, comparison, envy, and other artistic perplexities

work-family-creativity balance

life transitions

child-rearing and parenting

sandwich generation challenges: caring for elders, children, and partners, while trying to do one’s creative work


During the life coaching-creativity advising sessions, I provide, according to each person’s need: close listening, mentoring, structure, assignments, writing instruction, writing exercises, art-making activities—or a blend of them all.

LIFE COACHING & CREATIVITY ADVISING

I have learned, on my journeys, that if I let a day go by without writing, I grow uneasy. Two days and I am in tremor. Three and I suspect lunacy. Four and I might as well be a hog, suffering the flux in a wallow. An hour’s writing is tonic. I’m on my feet, running in circles, yelling for a clean pair of spats.

-Ray Bradbury

Creating is bliss. It offers deep satisfaction and the purest and most dependable joy. On the other hand, sometimes being a person with an urge to create can be extremely challenging. The work itself may be frustrating and elusive, and it is often difficult to hold to a life structure that includes time for the creative work we most want to do. All sorts of things can get in the way.

As a creative person—a writer—I have led a life full of passionate interests and the need to translate experience into words. It has been the typical artist’s life: that is, a voyage into unknown seas, undulating with deep troughs and swelling crests—a mix of satisfying, hard work; frustration, disappointment, and struggle; and exhilaration. There have been long passages through calm waters, nights of fierce tempests, and deadening doldrums—and blissful days when the sailing is brisk, the wind at my back, and the sea and sky seem huge and bright and new, and full of limitless possibility.

As a writing instructor, trained as a social worker, psychotherapist, and human development specialist, I have advised and mentored writers and other creative people for many years. One of the things I enjoy most is to help people be creative, live creative lives, and bring out their creative work—in the midst of the inevitable obstacles life throws at us all. Talk with an experienced professional, trained to listen well, and who understands the travails of the artist, can help writers, artists, and others of a creative bent to keep going—to live the sort of life they want to live and to bring forth the work they’ve been put on this earth to create. Conversation itself is a precious thing: thoughtful, focused talk about your life and art can be healing, inspiring, and galvanizing—and key to getting your creative work done.


In my work as a life coach and creativity adviser, I am flexible in terms of session lengths and frequency. We can meet as frequently as needed to help you fulfill your goals.

Advisory sessions may be in person, by phone, or by Skype.

To schedule a session, contact me at sara@​sarataber.com.


There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening that is translated through you into action. And because there is only one of you in all time, the expression is unique, and if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is, nor how valuable it is, nor how it compares to other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours, clearly and directly, to keep the channels open.

-Martha Graham to Agnes DeMille

You may enjoy these resources I've linked to below.



BOOKS ON WRITING

EXCELLENT BASIC TEXTS

Carolyn Forché & Philip Gerard, WRITING CREATIVE NONFICTION: Instruction and Insights from the teachers of the Associated Writing Programs

Julie Checkoway, CREATING FICTION: Instruction and Insights from teachers of the Associated Writing Programs

David Jauss, WORDS OVERFLOWN BY STARS: Creative Writing Instruction and Insight from the Vermont College of Fine Arts M.F.A. Program

Brenda Miller & Suzanne Paola, TELL IT SLANT: Writing and Shaping Creative Nonfiction

Robert L. Root & Michael Steinberg, THE FOURTH GENRE: Contemporary
Writers of/​on Creative Nonfiction


OTHER GENERAL BOOKS ON CREATIVE WRITING

Robert Pack & Jay Parini (Eds.), WRITERS ON WRITING

Brenda Ueland, IF YOU WANT TO WRITE: A Book About Art, Independence, and Spirit

Willian Zinsser, ON WRITING WELL

William Stafford, WRITING THE AUSTRALIAN CRAWL: Views on the Writer’s Vocation

Will Blythe, WHY I WRITE: Thoughts on the Craft of Fiction

Christopher Vogler, THE WRITER’S JOURNEY: Mythic Structure for Writers

Anne Lamott, BIRD BY BIRD



BOOKS ON MEMOIR WRITING


Sue William Silverman, FEARLESS CONFESSIONS: A Writer’s Guide to Memoir

Tristine Rainer, YOUR LIFE AS STORY

Judith Barrington, WRITING THE MEMOIR: From Truth to Art

Patricia Hampl, I COULD TELL YOU STORIES: Sojourns in the Land of Memory

Lisa Dale Norton, SHIMMERING IMAGES: A Handy Little Guide to Writing Memoir

William Zinsser, INVENTING THE TRUTH: The Art and Craft of Memoir

Vivian Gornick, THE SITUATION AND THE STORY: The Art of Personal Narrative


BOOKS ON ESSAY WRITING

Phillip Lopate, THE ART OF THE PERSONAL ESSAY

Joyce Carol Oates, THE BEST AMERICAN ESSAYS OF THE CENTURY

John D’Agata, THE NEXT AMERICAN ESSAY


BOOKS ON LITERARY JOURNALISM

Jon Franklin, WRITING FOR STORY: Crafting Scenes of Dramatic Nonfiction

Norman Sims & Mark Kramer (Eds.), LITERARY JOURNALISM

Norman Sims, THE LITERARY JOURNALISTS

Kevin Kerrane & Ben Yagoda, THE ART OF FACT: A Historical Anthology of Literary Journalism


BOOKS ON FICTION WRITING

Wallace Stegner, ON TEACHING AND WRITING FICTION

Raymond Obstfeld, NOVELIST’S ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO CRAFTING SCENES

Jesse Lee Kercheval, BUILDING FICTION: How to Develop Plot and Structure

Ansen Dibell, PLOT

James Moffet & Kenneth R. McElheny, POINTS OF VIEW

John Gardner, THE ART OF FICTION

Thaisa Frank & Dorothy Wall, FINDING YOUR WRITER’S VOICE

Ursula LeGuin, STEERING THE CRAFT: Exercises and Discussions on Story Writing for the Lone Navigator or the Mutinous Crew


BOOKS ON PUBLISHING

Betsy Lerner, THE FOREST FOR THE TREES: An Editor’s Advice to Writers

Susan Rabiner & Alfred Fortunato, THINKING LIKE YOUR EDITOR: How to Write Great Serious Nonfiction—and Get it Published

Susan Page, THE SHORTEST DISTANCE BETWEEN YOU AND A PUBLISHED BOOK: 20 Steps to Success.

Annik LaFarge, THE AUTHOR ONLINE: A Short Guide to Building Your Website, Whether You Do It Yourself (and you can!) or You Work With Pros

Selected Works

Memoir
A story of growing up in the world of espionage
"A poignant chronicle of the diaspora of the heart--and the heart's quest and longing for that universal place called home." Wall Street Journal
Opinion/Cultural Commentary
In Britain or France my aging mother would have gotten better health care.
Travel
An exploration of Argentina’s past tyrannies, and my own
Literary Journalism
"...One of the most compelling, knowledgeable, and graceful books about the French soul that has ever been written by an American." -Richard Goodman, author of French Dirt: The Story of a Garden in the South of France
"The stories remain...etched in the reader's mind, etched as if by the harsh wind of Patagonia itself. Extraordinarily fine writing." -St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Essay
"An eloquent essay." -New York Times