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Sheri is available to give presentations on writing to both children and adults in settings such as classrooms, schools, bookstores, SCBWI events, retreats, and business conferences.  She is available to participate on panels as well as critique and review manuscripts. To find out about her availability, pricing and to book her, please contact, Sheri@willowwords.agency.

Sheri Bestor

Current Workshop Title:

                                                                  The Treasure Seeker

 

                                                   

 

The Treasure Seeker Presentation provides a rare glimpse at the insider approach to finding fascinating, inspiring, and informative treasures that can be used as the foundation for non-fiction and fiction story ideas! Shared by a true treasure seeker herself, Sheri will cultivate curiosity, engage and captivate students’ attention while teaching her tried and true method of generating story ideas that integrate both fact and fiction into one project. As an award winning children’s book author, she will show how she developed and uses this method that transforms her finds into fiction and non-fiction, picture book, creative non-fiction, and early readers.  This presentation is available and valuable for grades 1-5 as well as for grades 6-8thas a large group assembly and/or small group workshop.

 

Biography: 

“I’ve been a teacher at some capacity all of my adult life. With a Masters in Curriculum and Education and a BA in Education, I am at home in the classroom or with groups of adults wanting to learn. I’m a published, award winning book author. I’ve sold work to newspapers, magazines, and publishing houses, have published in a variety of genres including children’s, young adult and adults. I have experience as a  literary agent. I am the founder of a non-profit academy in the arts, North Shore Academy of the Arts, where I have directed musicals for close to two decades.

In my free time, I enjoy reading, writing, nature, kayaking, painting, creating jewelry, teaching yoga and meditation, and being a mom. I am passionate about fostering creativity and inspiring young writers. 

 I am the founder, practitioner and teacher of Life-Artistry.

 

Rates:

– $500 daily, for up to five interactive individual classroom (of up to 30 students)  workshops per day.  (No all-school assembly. If you are interested in an all-school assembly, please contact me with your needs.)

– $250 for 1/2 day, which includes two interactive individual classroom (of up to 30 students) workshops per day, and lunch with students.

– Skype: $75 for one hour. $25 for 30 minutes

Additional travel, lodging and meal expenses not included, and would be applied when necessary.

If you are interested in scheduling Sheri, please send dates and needs to the email below. 262.719.4633 or sheri@willlowwords.agency

Publishing History:

The Mindfulness Journal, Peaces of My Day

Substance Abuse, The Ultimate Teen Guide

On With the Show

How to Organize Your Classroom

Good Trick Walking Stick (to be released in spring of 2016)

Soar High Dragonfly

The Kid and the Chameleon

The Kid and the Chameleon Sleepover

Coming Soon: 

The Kid and the Chameleon Go to School

Right Here, Right Now

Writing also sold to:

Yoga International, Highlights Magazine, Weekly Reader/Read, Story Friends, Family Fun, Various Wisconsin Newspapers and Magazines

“Posing as a Writer,” (article published in Yoga International) and “Posing as an Author” (ms) are what the workshop is structured after.
“Weekly Reader, Read.”
“Highlights Magazine.” and more.

 

Presenter Name: Sheri Mabry 

Email: Sherimabry@life-artistry.com

Phone: 262.719.4633

Website: www.balancingartsstudio.com/www.willowwordswritingservices.com

Presenter Name: Sheri Mabry 

Breakout Title: Posing as an Author-the Yoga of Writing 

Type of Session: Two Day Retreat   

Description of Presentation: 

 The idea of writing a book to be published can be daunting, and many talented writers never accomplish their goals simply because they don’t have the practical tools needed to carry through and stay focused. Being an author takes strength, balance and flexibility-not unlike the benefits derived from a yoga practice, an ancient and proven method of movement that develops our flexibility, strength and balance, not only on the mat, but off. Writing also takes presence, focus, and creativity-which aligns with the systematic approach to meditation. This workshop will give writers strategies for staying focused, calm, and centered, while developing a writing “practice,” with concepts derived from yoga and meditation to unleash creativity and transform the words and stories hidden deep within and onto paper. Infused with writing activities, yoga sessions, relaxing yoga nidra sessions, nature experiences and meditation training, this full scope retreat will inspire your creativity, enhance your writing, and equip you with tools, tips and techniques help align you with your nature, and nurture your well being to help you reach your full potential on the mat, on the page, and in the world.  

Biography:  

Sheri Mabry is the founder of Life-Artistry, inspiring the beautiful expression of a holistic life-style and passion-to-purpose life-work. Life-Artistry specializes in Writing Services and Well Being Practices  through the creative branches of Willow Words Writing Services, and Balancing Arts Yoga and Well Being Studio. 

Sheri is the founder of Willow Words Writing Services with experience as an editor, critiquer, and literary agent.  She is a published, award winning author, with work published for children, teens and adults. She has been published in both fiction and non-fiction, both books and magazine articles, with six additional books being released by 2021. She is a contributing author to Yoga International. She has a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction and a BS in Education and is the Founder of a non-profit arts organization, North Shore Academy of the Arts, inc.  She is the Owner and Instructor for Balancing Arts Yoga and Well Being Studio, where she practices and teaches yoga, somatics, reiki, meditation, sound therapy and yoga nidra. She developed and teaches a 9 step, systematic training program in meditation. She grounds all of her creative endeavors and teaching in a foundation of the natural world, and spends much of her free time roaming the woods and the wild to integrate the experiences into her teachings. Sheri serves the world as a teacher, author, artist, editor and entrepreneur. 

 

Presenter Experience:Presented and taught either writing or yoga/meditation at: the Greendale Book Festival, a Nature Treehouse retreat center in Costa Rica, North Shore Academy of the Arts, Balancing Arts Studio, Get Centered, Form and Fitness, Cedarburg School District, Sheboygan School District.  I have been a teacher at various capacities for over 35 years for all ages of individuals, from young children through adults. I have earned a teaching certification from UW Madison, and a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction. I have founded an arts school, a yoga studio, and a literary agency, all of which have given me opportunities to teach and/or speak.

 

Equipment Needed from Host Location 

1.     Podium

2.    An easel or wall to hang visuals. 

3.    Microphone- if possible

4.    Tables and chairs for attendees 

5.    *Private small room to meet one-on-one with attendees

Space Needed from Host Location

1.    Large space to move in (yoga) 

2.    Space for silence and meditation where open floor is available with some chairs

3.    Yoga Mats or beach towels (participants can be encouraged to bring their own) 

4.    Outdoor trails

*As part of the retreat experience, I’d like to include the option for individuals to register/pay for a private, individual critique session where they will receive professional feedback on their writing.  

 

Critique experience:Willow Words Writing Services offers professional critiques to people world-wide. (See testimonials from clients on website.) 

 

For a list of published work, please visit www.willowwordswritingservices.com  

Sheri’s office at Willow Words Writing Services is located in the nationally registered historic building of the “Arts Mill” in a loft on the third floor.