Monday, September 27, 2010

14 things not to do (especially on a Monday) . . .

Enjoy this Anti-Creativity Checklist--and do the opposite!

Happy Monday!
(Can't see the video? Go to Artful Aging and enjoy!)

Monday, September 20, 2010

It's Monday--is the world "plotting to do you good"?

Jack Canfield: Create your attitude, change your responses . . .

Have an Optimistic Monday!

Thanks, Jack Canfield!
(Can't see the video? Go to Artful Aging and enjoy!)

Monday, September 13, 2010

Monday's a great day to open up possibilities in your life . . .

"You're on the edge of something that matters. Pay attention!"

Happy Monday!
Thanks, Michael Bungay Stanier, for using your Box of Crayons to ask questions!
(Can't see the video? Go to Artful Aging and enjoy!)

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Experience Aging Through Art in Philly this Tuesday!

CAAN is presenting
American Society on Aging's
East Coast Conference on Aging
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
held at
Philadelphia Corporation for Aging
642 North Broad Street (Broad and Wallace Streets)
Center City Philadelphia.

This exciting workshop will feature two sessions. In the first, let the experts help you explore some of the practical aspects of creative arts programming for older adult, such as planning, funding and actually implementing. You will have to opportunity to ask questions of a panel of arts, humanities and local professionals, who will share information about some of the opportunities available that provide professional arts programming and/or funding.

After lunch, professional teaching artists experienced working with older adults will lead you in a hands-on exploration of bringing creativity to aging services. You will also engage in a hands-on sensitivity learning activity. You will gain some insight into what it may be like to have diminished senses as a result of the natural aging process.

Artists, now pay attention here. Did we mention we have a limited number of scholarships for Artists? We do! Send an email to with the subject line: I want a scholarship! First come, first served! Hurry up and do it right NOW!

Registration                              Members                      Non-Members
Full-Day (includes box lunch)      $180 each                     $200 each

Registration is open online at

If you are an Artist--email to let CAAN know you want a scholarship!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Start your week on Monday or Tuesday, but start it with a little dancing!

Fred Bowers should inspire us all. A contestant on last year's Britain's Got Talent, 73 year old Fred breaks up the crowd with his Break Dancing!

(Can't see the video? Go to Artful Aging and enjoy!)

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Are you a writer who needs a Push to Publish? Read on . . .

Fourth Annual Push to Publish Seminar:
Strategies to Get Your Work in Print and Online
at Rosemont College, Rosemont, PA
Saturday, October 16, 2010

Keynote speaker Paul Lisicky

Writers--young and old, experienced and novice--looking to get your work in print and online, here's a one-day workshop for you! You will
  • Speed date with the editors: Meet real editors and agents who will review your specific work.
  • Learn how to increase your chances of getting published.
  • Discuss new writing trends with professionals in the community.
  • Get great marketing and networking tips to break into the competitive world of publishing.
Offered as a premium event this year, Spend a Day With a Literary Agent Workshop is Friday, October 15, 11-4. Learn how to effectively pitch agents in this workshop. Space is limited, so reserve your ticket now.

Saturday, October 16 Schedule
9:00 Registration and Breakfast

10:00 Keynote Speaker: Paul Lisicky is the author of Lawnboy, Famous Builder, and the forthcoming books The Burning House (2011) and Unbuilt Projects (2012).

11:15 Speed Dating with the Editors: Spend 10 minutes with the editor or agent of your choice to get personalized critiques of your work!

1:15 Breakout Session I
  • A: Promote Your Work Without Spending a Fortune
  • B. Tapping into the Creative Nonfication Craze
  • C: Finding a Home for Your Short Story

2:30 Breakout Session II
  • A: Marketing: Selling Yourself
  • B: Fiction: Writing for Children and Young Adults
  • C: The Joys of Small Presses

3:45 Breakout Session III
  • A: Meet the Agents and Editors
  • B: How to Succeed in Submissions
  • C. Traditional, Self-publish, or ePublish? That is the 21st Century Question

Click HERE for more details about the program.
Click HERE to read the bios of all participating agents, editors, and panelists.

Fee: $75 (Students, Seniors $65) includes Breakfast, Lunch, and one Speed-date Pass. Additional Speed-date passes can be purchased for $5 each. (No more than 3 total recommended.) [50% off for Rosemont students, faculty, and alumni -- must provide valid proof of affiliation at registration]
Any questions, please email

Push to Publish is sponsored by Philadelphia Stories magazine, the nonprofit literary magazine and companion website that publishes literary fiction, poetry, essays, and art from the tri-state area and provides it to the general public free of charge. All proceeds from the workshop will go directly toward keeping the magazine in print, in color, and free.