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FREE EVENT: BreatheYourOMBalance, Volume 2: We have started working on Volume 2 of the Breathe book, which will focus on yoga and healing, with Yoga Mat studio in Clarksville, TN. We have created writing and yoga workshops, but our next event is to share drafts of writings from previous workshops, or to get started in the process with us. Join Shana and Salty for this FREE feedback session on Sunday, January 29, 2017, from 2-4 p.m. Bring your drafts of poems, nonfiction, or fiction about yoga and healing. To read about Volume One, click here: BreatheYourOMBalance: Writings about Yoga by Women. Visit the Yoga Mat website here: Yoga Mat.

The Nudge

AUGUST 2012. Ellen Masters's husband has been repeatedly deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq for a decade, and during that time, Ellen cares for their young family and home, starts a career, and searches for her own strength by training for a marathon

Story Place

Every Wednesday, we'll share an excerpt

from one of our books. Enjoy!


S. Teague is joined by 30 contributors in this first collection of nonfiction, poetry, and fiction that celebrates the life-changing practice of yoga. These writers reveal how yoga opened new pathways of self-awareness and creative expressions.​​ 

Week 3, January 2017.

Theme: CONFLICT EXPLORATION. Before writing the actual scenes, free-write and explore the central conflict for your main character. What does your main character most fear regarding the central conflict? What situations cause discomfort for the character and either foreshadow the scenes of central conflict and/or trigger the character (their actions, emotions, motives, etc.) in later scenes?

​Additional advice for nonfiction prose & poetry: Write about a conflict that you knew was looming in your life based on foreboding events that preceded the conflict. How does this conflict continue to impact your life, especially in unpredictable ways?

Our Books

Being the Mountain by Lois McAffrey-Lopez

"(...) There is a natural curve in my back, and I feel it lengthen as I breathe deeply into the space. I feel my head and neck relax, balanced lightly over my body. I feel the breath equally in the front and back, from side to side, making space within my body and allowing me to claim my rightful home, here, on this earth. 

Once, in my first year of yoga, as I struggled through a beginner's workshop in my normal, clenched-fist manner, the instructor walked softly behind me and touched my back lightly as I struggled to perform. "Breathe. Feel your back ribs expand," and for a startled moment, I thought, "Back ribs?"

For so much of my life, I had been living in the abstract experience of my thoughts, disconnected from a sense of my body as a space I might inhabit. I observed my body and I cared for my body, but I lived within a body without interior space, as flat, as lifeless, as the images on a screen.

I find great strength in this inner space, front ribs and back ribs and an infinite world in between. (...)"

Read more from this excerpt, "Being the Mountain" Nonfiction by Lois McAffrey-Lopez, in the book, BreatheYourOMBalance Volume One (released Fall 2016). Click here to read more about the book and the 30 contributors who wrote for the book. 



Grab a blank notebook, a manuscript already in progress, or open a new note in your phone. Each week, our publisher will give you the writing elbow~ a nudge to write on... 

AUGUST 2015. Authors have proclaimed that this novel is a "literary gift" & that "book clubs will love this." Talking Underwater explores the balance between the elation of family summers at the ocean & the ways we navigate unbearable heartache to find news ways of being.​​ 

MARCH 2016. S. Teague and Shana Thornton co-author a book about creativity with meditations, affirmations, expressions of gratitude & mindfulness to help you through the seasons of life. We hope you will use this book to inspire you, prompt meditations, and/or as a creativity journal.

AUGUST 2013. Hailed as "a deeply moving story, one not given to easy resolution," Grace Among the Leavings is a child's perspective of the Civil War.

The book has now been adapted to the stage by playwrights, Kari Catton & Dennis Darling. Contact us for details about bringing it to your local theatre.

MAR 2015. Southern festivals, folk music, families falling out & returning- "Shana writes a magical story that stays with you long after the final page. As with one of the characters, 'She knows real magic.'" -Virginia Brown, author of Dark River Road & the Dixie Diva mystery series​

APRIL 2014. An OnPoint Radio suggestion as Best Summer Reads 2014! 

Set on the Massachusetts coast, The Mosquito Hours is a multi-generational story about how the women in a family attempt to keep secrets about their desires, spirituality, and motherhood. 

Let us tell you a story...

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