Projects and Progress

Recent projects include editing, project managing, and helping to publish the memoir, Joe’s Violin: A Survivor Remembers, by Joseph Feingold, my uncle. It’s based on his escape during WWII to Siberia and coming to America after discovering his hometown in Poland did not welcome returning Jews (see the Kielce pogrom). The last chapters describe Joe’s surprising turn as an icon of hope after he donated his violin, bartered in a German DP camp, to a Bronx schoolgirl during a WQXR music drive. The heartfelt story, depicted in Joe’s Violin, a short documentary film, was nominated for an Academy Award in 2017. Order the book on Amazon, search by title or author’s name, or at www.createspace.com/8205448. Go to www.joesviolin.com to see the film.

An inspirational 52 card deck and booklet, co-created with Andrea Adler, will be published by Beyond Words (summer, 2018). The aphorisms, explanations, and takeaways, bridge ancient wisdom and business acumen. Each card offers a fresh way to enhance creativity and unlock the entrepreneurial spirit. Stay tuned for more information!

As an editor and coach, I’ve worked with writers to define their goals and help prepare their work for publication. As a writer, I’m a big fan of “writing buddies.” Buddies are friends with purpose, trusted allies, the glue and heart of a writing community. Write with a buddy to sustain momentum and enthusiasm. I’m also a fan of writing groups. The one I lead meets monthly. We start with meditation to tap into the “creative well,” write freely or from prompts, and gently critique new and revised work; writers ask for specific feedback. To avoid “lonely writer’s syndrome,” find a buddy and form or join a group. A third option is to find a writing angel, a fairy godmother. I found one while writing by my lonesome in a cafe–a total stranger who offered to read my work. She did, and over the course of weeks, provided a timely nudge, and appreciated a little advice I gave her in return.

For information about ongoing and new classes, writing groups, and phone sessions, contact me on the website form AND email sheilaklewis@gmail.com.