Pillar 2-Writing / Episode 8 – S. M. Stevens

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Pillar 2 – Writing

Episode 8 – S M Stevens

Guest Speaker – S. M. Stevens

After many years as a business writer, S.M. Stevens found the time to pen her first novel when a pelvis broken in 3 places absolved her from housework and chauffering the kids around for several months. The result was her middle-grade novel Shannon’s Odyssey, written for her animal-loving daughter Natalie.

A year later, she found herself in treatment for cancer and, while not working at her paid marketing job, wrote the first of the Bit Players series. Bit Players was written for Stevens’s daughter Gabrielle, to fill the void of fiction for musical theatre-loving teens. The YA series now has three books, and appeals to all teens not just drama-loving ones. Read more at http://www.BitPlayers.me.

Her newest novel (thankfully not prompted by another health crisis!) is Horseshoes and Hand Grenades, a novel for all ages, which follows Shelby and Astrid through the early years of their careers at a Boston PR firm. Shelby grapples with recovered memories of childhood incest, and Astrid struggles with workplace harassment that morphs from flirting to attempted rape.

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Introducing Guest 8 – S.M.Stevens on “The 3 Pillars”

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Pillar 2-Writing / Episode 7 – Eric Christiansen

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Pillar 2 – Writing

Episode 7 – Eric Christiansen

Guest Speaker – Eric Christiansen

Eric Christiansen is an acclaimed documentarian who has built his brand around socially responsible filmmaking that educates, inspires and heals. He has the capability to identify an issue within a specific population and have it resonate with a general audience through compelling storytelling.

A trauma survivor himself, having lost his home in the Santa Barbara Painted Cave fire disaster, he understands trauma, the resilience of the human spirit, and how important HOPE is to the healing journey.

A seven-time Southwestern Region Emmy Award recipient, Christiansen’s previous films (Faces in the FireHomecoming: A Vietnam Vets JourneySearching for Home: Coming Back from War) have been transformative in the recovery process for thousands of people whose lives have been compromised mentally, spiritually and physically by trauma.

Leveraged as educational tools by top mental health institutions, Christiansen’s films migrate from the entertainment arena into environments that help additional audiences navigate the profound collateral damage trauma creates not only on the individual, but the family and community as well. The New York Times called his last film, “strikingly photographed” and “…sure to give comfort and support to countless veterans and their families.” By spotlighting these survivors and their journeys, Christiansen has been able to help unify a variety of audiences around the power of HOPE, and educate the general population about the complexities of trauma.

Christiansen has also produced for major networks including Discovery, TLC, PBS, MTV and an Imax film.

HIs latest feature documentary, unMASKing HOPE is a testament to resilience in the face of adversity, illustrating the human capacity to heal. The film will deliver a much-needed message of HOPE that can help create bridges of inclusion and tolerance for those stigmatized by trauma.

unMASKing HOPE explores the elusive face of trauma. As a society, trauma is something we see every day on the news, and possibly something we have all gone through on one level or another.  In the film, we come to know trauma–its impact on individuals, their families and communities–through the deeply emotional stories of a diverse group of survivors who have experienced unthinkable crises. To cope with what’s happened to them, survivors often don “masks” that hide their emotional pain–the years of social stigma and moral injury that have scarred their souls. We follow their journeys of healing and find that while their experiences may differ, they are unified through a message of HOPE.

unMASKing HOPE – The film is truly the culmination of his life’s work as a filmmaker and marks a significant milestone in his own personal journey as a trauma survivor.

Eric Christiansen Contact Info

unMASKing HOPE Website : www.unmaskinghopethemovie.com

Contact : https://www.ecproductions.com/contact

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unMASKing HOPE Trailer : https://www.unmaskinghopethemovie.com/comingsoon


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Introducing Guest 7 – Eric Christiansen on “The 3 Pillars” Podcast

It is with great honour that I present my next guest: Acclaimed Director/Producer Eric Christiansen.

Come be part of our interesting conversation on Wednesday 22 April.

Eric Christiansen is an acclaimed documentarian who has built his brand around socially responsible filmmaking that educates, inspires and heals.

He also is a seven-time Southwestern Region Emmy Award recipient, who has produced for major networks including Discovery, TLC, PBS, MTV, and an Imax film.

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Pillar 2-Writing / Episode 6 – Cynthia MacGregor

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Episode 6 – Cynthia MacGregor

Guest Speaker – Cynthia MacGregor

Prolific author Cynthia MacGregor has had over 100 books published. She also does other freelance writing as well as editing. She has hosted and produced two TV shows in the South Florida viewing area, where she lives. Solo Parenting ran for a season and a half, while Younger Every Day had one short season.

She also formerly hosted two podcasts. People call her “The Energizer Bunny” because she just keeps going and going. Cynthia works long hours, seven days a week, but she loves her work and often says, “There’s no one in the world I’d want to trade lives with.”

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Website : www.cynthiamacgregor.com

Email : cynthia@cynthiamacgregor.com


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Pillar 2-Writing / Episode 5 – Lorraine Reguly

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Episode 5 – Lorraine Reguly

Guest Speaker – Lorraine Reguly

Lorraine Reguly, B.A./B.Ed., is an author and English teacher-turned-freelancer for hire. Her life journey is motivational and inspirational. Lorraine’s book, From Nope to Hope, is a self-help book designed to help anyone who wishes to lead a happier life, and contains a built-in workbook. Lorraine offers 4 different services on Wording Well, including writing/blogging, and editing. She also helps others become published authors! 

Lorraine was born and raised in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. By age 4, Lorraine was reading, and by age 6, writing in cursive. She has always had a high IQ, and graduated Grade 8 as valedictorian. High school, however, was more challenging for Lorraine, as she was raped at the age of 14. She was still a virgin at the time, and was completely devastated. She used drugs as a coping mechanism, quit school, and became promiscuous.

After becoming a single mother at age 18, she went back to school and graduated with honours, winning several scholarships and awards.

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Introducing Lorraine Reguly on “The 3 Pillars” Podcast

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Guest 5 -Lorraine Reguly

Author of – From NOPE to HOPE: How I Overcame My Suicidal Thoughts (and How You Can Too) & Risky Issues

  • – Rape, Drug & Trauma Survivor
  • – English teacher
  • – Copywriting Expert, Editor and Poet
  • – Public Speaker
  • – The woman behind “Wording Well”

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