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Lauretta Hannon Classes and Events

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Lauretta offers one-on-one mentoring and consultations for writers and those seeking self-growth. In fact, she adores this work. Contact her for details.
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Facing the Sun: Creating More Joy & Peace in Your Life Through Transformative Writing

Saturday, November 13, 2021
Rome Area History Center, Rome, GA
NOTE: Class size will be limited to ensure the best experience for all.

So much conflict, anger, division, bad news, fake news–how in the world can we get and maintain joy and peace in the midst of it all? How can we stop feeling overwhelmed and discouraged and afraid? By employing a powerful tool: intentional writing exercises.

These exercises work because they cause us to stop, reflect, and gain deep insights about ourselves and our natural calling to be joyful and serene. The guided writing prompts in this introductory workshop will help you to:

  • Tune in to your unique “joy channel” by naming your gifts and taking concrete steps to use them in a bigger, more intentional way
  • Identify and banish the mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual strongholds that get in your way
  • Discover the Essential Element necessary to spark joy consistently, even in the darkest times
  • Immediately employ the tools, tips, and mindset that enable you to lighten up and burn bright
  • Practice the principles and perspectives needed to cultivate a warm sense of calm, happiness, and purpose over a lifetime


This three-hour workshop will be part-lecture, part-exercises, and all-the-way-real. We will end by taking a 3-minute stroll to the famous Love Locks Bridge. Once there, you’ll be invited to “make your mark” on the bridge by leaving a message of importance to you (Industrial Sharpies will be provided for writing on the bridge). Those so inclined will also be invited to toss a flower into the beautiful river confluence below as a symbolic way of letting something go. From there, we’ll amble over to a nearby restaurant for fellowship and fun–and lots of laughter.

You will love Historic Downtown Rome as well. Three rivers, seven hills, cool shops and eateries. Lots to explore!
Rome Georgia
NOTE: no need to worry about COVID. We will be small in number, distanced, and in an expansive, high-ceilinged room that can hold several hundred people.
Mary Massey
Mary Massey
SCHOLARSHIP AVAILABLE. Excited to announce that the Mary Massey Memorial Scholarship is available to someone who could not otherwise afford to attend this workshop. Email Lauretta at for details on how to apply.
A Reading of Truman Capote’s A Christmas Memory
A Reading of Truman Capote’s A Christmas Memory
Enjoy one of the finest short stories written in the English language. Guaranteed to move you and tickle your funny bone. A perfect tale for the holiday season.
Sunday, November 20, 2022
Rome Area History Center
Rome, GA
Please note that this is a reading for adults. Since it takes about 40 minutes to read, it is not suitable for children.

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Down Home Writing School

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