Keepsake - A Video Poem by Elizabeth Johnston

November 11, 2017

Hello Everyone! Elizabeth Johnston here of Own Your Creativity - the podcast for women over 40 with a story to tell - and the host of the Memoir Summit. The summit is a free, online conference for aspiring writers happening Nov. 14 - 16. It consists of over 20 interviews with undustyr experts and best-selling authors who share their wisdom and expertise with you about writing, publishing and selling your memoir. To join us at the Memoir Summit, go to

Today is Remembrance Day, a day all about honoring our veterans and all those military people who have sacrificed so we can live better lives. Though I never served in a combat zone, this day always holds poignant meaning for me -- from the POV of being a former militia member, but also for the sacrifices my grandparents made during the 2nd WW. My grandfather was a Polish soldier captured by the Germans and held in a prison camp. My grandmother, also Polish, was forced to work on a German farm during the war. My grandparents  met in a displaced persons camp after the war. Neither talked a lot about their experiences but they had pictures from that time in the camp. I inherited those pictures and subsequently made a video poem called Keepsake. On this podcast episode, you'll hear the audio of that video. Its me reading the poem I wrote set to an original score, the brainchild of Fred Graham, who is the drummer and percussionist for The Irish Rovers. Fred, along with guitarist Gord Fisch and violinist and fiddler Sarah Frank, created the score. Fred was inspired by the Polish composer Chopin's nocturnes. Interestingly, Chopin himself was inspired in his nocturnes by the Irish composer John Field. 

Another element to this video is the visuals, which you unfortunately can't see through this medium, but they are quite beautiful, if I do say so myself. They are a combination of live action and stop-motion animation created by a super talented animator, Patricia Granato. If you would like to see the video poem, instead of just hear it, go to

.... That was the audio from my video poem Keepsake, inspired by the black and white photos given to me by my grandmother of the time she lived in the displaced persons camp in Germany, just after the second world war. If you'd like to see the video, just go to

And if you're interested in learning more about writing your own story, join us at the memoir summit, a free online conference for aspiring writers happening Nov. 14 - 16. Go to to grab your free ticket. See you soon, and until then, own your creativity so that you live with clarity, confidence and joy.


Meryl Cook Speaks at the Memoir Summit

November 10, 2017

Hello Everyone! I’M ELIZABETH JOHNSTON of Own Your Creativity and the memoir summit. Today I’m introducing memoir summit speaker, Meryl Cook.

Meryl is an author, speaker, creativity workshop leader, and contemporary rug hooking artist. She launched her hugely popular book One Loop at a Time, a story of rug hooking, healing and creativity in January 2017 and has sold over 800 copies.

A former homeopath, Meryl stepped aside from patient care to rediscover her life’s purpose following her diagnosis of breast cancer. She uses her experience to inspire others to embrace creativity as a means to get unstuck and move forward in life.

Meryl’s second book One Loop at a Time, the creativity workbook will be published this fall.

During our conversation at the memoir summit, Meryl talks about how she used writing and rug-hooking to help her through the healing process, and how it transformed her life in surprising and profound ways.

To join us at the summit go to to sign up, and

I’ll see you at the summit on November 14 to 16.


Linda Babulic Speaks at the Memoir Summit

November 9, 2017

Introducing memoir summit speaker, Linda Babulic. Linda is a successful Personal Business Strategist, Community Builder and Researcher, and Amazon #1 best selling author of ZEST Your Life - A Taste of Inner Wisdom; She is also a certified Dream Coach® and leads a monthly Wisdom Circle.

Linda’s proven programs promote and serve women seeking greater meaning, deeper understanding and fulfillment in their lives. She understands your challenges, she provides you with the steps you need to take to improve your life and she keeps you committed to your goals along the way. Her wisdom, knowledge and experience have helped women find the confidence, clarity and courage they need to bring change into their lives.

During our conversation at the memoir summit, Linda talks about how she got the idea for her book, how it evolved as she wrote it, and how she used the book in her business.

To join us at the summit go to to sign up, and

I’ll see you at the summit on November 14 to 16.


Tammie Quick Speaks at the Memoir Summit

November 8, 2017

Hello Everyone! I’M ELIZABETH JOHNSTON of Own Your Creativity and the memoir summit. Today I’m introducing memoir summit speaker, Tammie Quick. Tammie is a homeopath with a passion for life expressed through her singing and acting. She also has a strong empathy for the suffering of others. Heilkunst homeopathy has been the vehicle for helping so many, and writing her self-help-healing memoir How to Live Happily Ever After "Down Under": The How To Thrive With Lichen Sclerosis Guide has allowed her a global reach. Though her intention with writing her book was to help others heal, her how-to memoir surprised Tammie with its ability to reach a global audience. Turns out that the performing arts and the healing arts have more in common than she realized.

One of the elements that can keep a person from writing about their life is the fact of having to reveal private and intimate details. Well, it doesn’t get more private than talking about your lady parts! During our conversation at the memoir summit, Tammie talks about how she found the right way for her to tell her story and a lot more.

To join us at the summit go to to sign up, and

I’ll see you at the summit on November 14 to 16.


Brian Rotsztein Speaks at the Memoir Summit

November 7, 2017

Hello Everyone! Elizabeth Johnston here of Own Your Creativity and the memoir summit. Today I’m introducing Brian Rotsztein. Brian is a renaissance man whose passion and enthusiasm as an experienced digital entrepreneur has shone over the last two decades. With a unique constellation of talents, he successfully multitasks between being a CEO, Internet marketing professional, author, conference speaker, consultant, photographer, web designer, and TV media guest. His highly praised book, Content Marketing Ideas, is a complete guide to content creation and maintains a five-star rating on Amazon.

There are many stages to the writing process itself. There’s writing the various drafts, editing, proofreading, and preparing the manuscript for printing to name a few. Plus there’s this thing called building an author’s platform. During the summit, Brian talks about what that is, how to market your book effectively, networking and more!

To join us at the summit go to to sign up, and

I’ll see you there on November 14 to 16


Lynette M. Smith Speaks at the Memoir Summit

November 6, 2017

Hello Everyone! Elizabeth Johnston here of Own Your Creativity and the memoir summit. Today I’m introducing Lynette M. Smith.


Lynette is a professional copyeditor and formatter of book manuscripts and proofreader of PDF book layouts. Having established All My Best in 2004, she builds results, respect, and relationships with authors and publishers; find out more at She has also indie-published several books, among them her bestselling 40-page handbook, "80 Common Layout Errors to Flag When Proofreading Book Interiors," and her award-winning comprehensive reference book, "How to Write Heartfelt Letters to Treasure: For Special Occasions and Occasions Made Special." These and more are available through major online retailers; for more information on all her publications, visit

It’s way too easy for us to overlook details in our own writing because we’re just to close to it. During the summit, Lynette shares her advice and best practices for writers - How to Save Time, Cut Costs, and Publish a Book That Shines!

To join us at the summit go to to sign up, and

I’ll see you there on November 14 to 16.


Otakara Klettke Speaks at the Memoir Summit

November 5, 2017

One of the speakers at the Memoir Summit on Nov. 14 to 16 is Otakara Klettke. Otakara is an international bestselling author. Her debut book Hear Your Body Whisper has become a number one bestseller on Amazon in an instant and held that title for over a year. Otakara has been a guest on several podcasts and radio shows and her book shaped lives of thousands of people. She has also just had her children’s book published, The Case of Missing Max.

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Irina Fotland Interviews Elizabeth Johnston at the Memoir Summit

November 4, 2017

I’m thrilled to have Irina interview me about my book marketing techniques. I can’t think of anyone better suited to this conversation. Irina Fotland- Online Business Marketer, Feng Shui Consultant, with background in physics & mathematics

– She has practiced FS 20 years and now has many 1:1 VIP clients all over the world, helping them create the conditions for abundance in their lives. Lives in Norway, which is one of the places on my bucket list to visit!

I met Irina online in a Facebook challenge where we were encouraged to get an accountability partner. Funny thing, though, I had a partner for the challenge already and on Day 2 she dropped out of the challenge – without a word. I posted that I needed another partner and Irina popped up. What I think is so interesting here is that nothing would have happened had I not put my request out there. We all have to take risks if we want to get rewards. So, this means that not everything you do will be successful, but if you don’t do anything you definitely won’t sell as many books, if any at all.


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 Successful Memoir Marketing -

So the topic I'd like to talk about is ways to sell your book. I wrote and self-published in 2008 my book, No Small Potatoes, a book about why GMOs are bad for us. I bought 500+ books and sold all of them within a year. In Canada, 500 sales is very good for a trad publisher, so I was pleased. I want to talk about each of the strategies I used back then and some new ones I'd add to the mix for my next one.


Brooke Warner Speaks at the Memoir Summit

November 3, 2017

Brooke Warner is publisher of She Writes Press and SparkPress, president of Warner Coaching Inc., and author of Green-light Your Book, What's Your Book?, How to Sell Your Memoir, and the co-author of Breaking Ground on Your Memoir. Brooke’s expertise is in traditional and new publishing. She is the former Executive Editor of Seal Press and currently sits on the boards of the Independent Book Publishers Association, the Bay Area Book Festival, and the National Association of Memoir Writers. She writes a monthly column for Publishers Weekly and blogs actively on Huffington Post Books and She lives and works in Berkeley, California.

Brooke has extensive experience working with aspiring authors from the perspective of being a publisher, writer and teacher. During our conversation at the Memoir Summit, Brooke talks about her five most important pieces of advice for writers, including what editors and agents are looking for when they read your work, the importance of having a hook in your memoir, and a lot more. To catch Brooker Warner’s talk at the Memoir Summit happening November 14 to 16, go to to grab your free ticket.


Flora Morris Brown Speaks at the Memoir Summit

November 2, 2017

Hello Everyone! Elizabeth Johnston here of Own Your Creativity and The Memoir Summit which happens on Nov. 14 to 16. Free and online so it’s easy for you to catch all the amazing interviews. The Memoir Summit is a three-day virtual event during which over 20 guests are going to share their insights and expertise with you! To join us, go to

A memoir is a slice of life that focuses on a significant event, process or philosophy in a person's life or business. It can be both entertaining and informative and is often both. 

Memoir writers are people with wisdom to share and a keen desire to make a difference in the world by sharing their story.

The speakers showcased in the Memoir Summit are entrepreneurs and memoir writers themselves as well as experts who teach and coach on a wide range of topics including the writing process, publishing options, and platform building techniques. All summit topics are designed to help you fast-track your success in completing your memoir.

How to Get Your Book Noticed in a Noisy World, Flora Brown

Flora Morris Brown is an author, publishing coach, and certified Guided Autobiography Facilitator. She helps writers navigate the choppy waters of publishing as well guides people who want to capture their life stories to leave behind for their families. Flora earned a B.A., M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Southern California and enjoyed a 20-year teaching career at Fullerton College. Now Professor Emeritus, she has published 12 books, the most recent of which is Color Your Life Happy: Create Your Unique Path and Claim the Joy You Deserve. Visit her website, to learn more and access free downloads.