Secrets of the Zona Rosa: How Writing (and Sisterhood) Can Change Women's Lives by Rosemary Daniell

Secrets of the Zona Rosa: How Writing (and Sisterhood) Can Change Women's Lives






Secrets of the Zona Rosa:  How Writing (and Sisterhood) Can Change Women's Lives
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Southern belle, successful author, and tireless champion of female empowerment, Rosemary Daniell is the founder and leader of Zona Rosa®, a series of life-changing writing workshops attended by thousands in the U.S. and Europe, and featured in People and Southern Living. More than 150 Zona Rosans and counting are now published authors.  Rosemary is the award-winning author of Secrets of the Zona Rosa:  How Writing (and Sisterhood) Can Change Women's Lives, and seven other books of poetry and prose.


I just can't put into words what Zona Rosa has done for me.  It's given me confidence and has been the impetus that I needed to get my writing hand going again.  If not for Zona Rosa, I might never have decided to pursue my dream of sharing Jacob's story with the world.  Now there is no stopping me.

- Michelle McGee, Savannah Zona Rosan

She has appeared on many national television and radio shows, and speaks at writers' conferences around the country.

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The Woman Who Spilled Words All Over Herself: Writing and Living the Zona Rosa Way

RosemaryFor more than thirty years Rosemary Daniell has led Zona Rosa®, a creative writing workshop for women (and now men), ranging in age from 16 to 90 and from all walks of life, in Savannah, Georgia.

For a dozen years before that, she inspired kids—from reluctant high school jocks to barefoot fourth graders, in schools from Appalachia to a Mormon town in Wyoming—to write their own poems.

She also learned lessons in life and further developed her techniques while teaching writing in juvenile detention centers, a school for unwed mothers, the Georgia state mental hospital, and the Wyoming and Georgia state prisons for women.

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Quotes and Comments about Rosemary Daniell

"Rosemary Daniell is one of the great writing teachers I have seen at work in the country ... her book will become a classic text for those of us who hunt for the secrets of good writing by turning to the masters." Rosemary at an Italy Zona Rosa retreatPat Conroy, Prince of Tides

"No one surpasses Rosemary Daniell in defining that irresistible and turbulent phenomenon, of which she is the very soul, Southern womanhood. Now, in this fascinating and warm memoir, she traces her emergence as a writer and her generous efforts to help other women find their voices too." — John Berendt, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

"Rosemary Daniell is an enormously gifted poet, novelist, and nonfiction writer ... She is one of the women by whom our age will be known in times to come." — Erica Jong

"Rosemary Daniell's works are among my beloved books ... Her ear is a veritable pitch pipe, her stylistic rhythms never miss a beat, and her instinctive sense of literary structure is flawless. She's a born writer." — Florence King, Confessions of a Failed Southern Lady

"Here's a book full of terrific advice and insight for anyone who ever wished she could write, and never knew where to begin. Daniell's highly original approach is equally valuable to a person, like me, who's been writing all her life. I can't think of a writer who wouldn't benefit from reading her warm, funny, and inspiring words. As soon as I was done reading I got right to work. When I get stuck, I will open it again." — Joyce Maynard, To Die For, Where Love Goes, and At Home in the World

"Reading Rosemary Daniell was a lightning bolt ... She is one of my idols—as a woman and a writer." — Brett Butler, star of "Grace Under Fire," author of Knee Deep in Paradise

Rosemary Daniell - a brief biography

RosemaryPhoto by Jim Holmes

Rosemary Daniell is known as one of best writing coaches in the country. The author of SECRETS OF THE ZONA ROSA: HOW WRITING (AND SISTERHOOD) CHANGE WOMEN’S LIVES, and its prequel, THE WOMAN WHO SPILLED WORDS ALL OVER HERSELF: WRITING AND LIVING THE ZONA ROSA WAY. She is the founder and leader of Zona Rosa®, a series of creative writing workshops in Savannah, Atlanta, and cities throughout the country, as well as in Europe, as profiled in People, Southern Living and The South magazines. Over 150 Zona Rosans and counting has become published authors. She is also the award-winning author of six other books of poetry and prose. Her revolutionary memoir FATAL FLOWERS: ON SIN, SEX AND SUICIDE IN THE DEEP SOUTH, won the 1999 Palimpsest Prize for a most requested out-of-print book. Along with her second memoir SLEEPING WITH SOLDIERS, it was a forerunner of the current memoir trend. Along with her four other books of poetry and prose, they were widely and nationally reviewed in many publications, among them TimeThe New York Times, the Washington Post, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Ms., and Rolling Stone. Rosemary has received many awards, among them two NEA grants, one in poetry, another in fiction. She has reviewed books for The New York Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, Los Angeles Time, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and been published in such magazines as Mother Jones, Harper’s Bazaar, Self, Travel and Leisure, New York Woman, and other magazines, as well as many literary publications. She has also appeared on a number of national radio and TV shows. In 2008, she was given a Governor’s Award in the Humanities for her impact on the state of Georgia. She was profiled in Feminist's Who Changed America, 1963-75.


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