“College Confidential” ranked #42 at Amazon.com, written by a college student who attended our Writer’s Camp last summer! See the story below.
Family togetherness is one of nature’s best social tools. Being together even for meals can have a profound effect on health and balance.
An excerpt from a University of Florida IFAS Extension lesson entitled “Family Nutrition: The Truth About Family Meals” by Larry Forthun explains this when it says: In a recent book entitled “The Surprising Power of Family Meals”, author Miriam Weinstein asks this question:
What if I told you that there was a magic bullet—something that would improve the quality of your daily life, your children’s chances of success in the world, [and] your family’s health. . .? Something that is inexpensive, simple to produce, and within the reach of pretty much everyone? (Weinstein, 2005, p. 1)
You guessed it, that magic bullet is the family meal. According to research, eating together as a family on a regular basis has some surprising effects. When sharing a meal together family bonds become stronger, children are better adjusted, family members eat more nutritional meals, they are less likely to be overweight, and they are less likely to abuse alcohol or other drugs. Given the positive benefits of eating together, why are more families not doing it?
With this in mind we began encouraging family groups to attend our summer camps in the Blue Ridge.
We were gratified at the great results in this first attempt. We had a mother-daughter, father-son and a family of four at the camp.
One mother-daughter team reported after the camp: Hello, Merri and Gary, My daughter and I had a fantastic time at the Writer’s Camp this past weekend.
We both felt we gained a tremendous amount of knowledge on “How to make money with our writing skills!” Thank you. Your and Merri’s expertise on transmitting knowledge to others is phenomenal. The warm, personal feel of being with you both along with the great people in the class was great! Thank you again for all the added information gained in all areas of life and what I consider gourmet meals served to us all. Donna/Jeanna
The son, a college student, of the father-son team wrote: Hi Merri! I just attended your Writer’s Camp with my dad this past weekend. I didn’t get to express how much I appreciated all that you and Gary did for us this weekend because we were in a hurry to get to the airport. Letting us stay in your cottage and having us for your writers camp was an experience that I will remember for the rest of my life! Gary and Merri’s stories of adventure, success, your lessons, and advice are truly priceless!!
This camp has inspired me. Writing has always come naturally for me but I never was able to view it as a business opportunity.
This camp has shown me not only that writing can be profitable, but HOW to make it profitable! Thank you so much for sharing your wisdom with me. In my lifetime, I could only hope to see the success that you and Gary have achieved.
I not have only signed up for your newsletter, but I can’t stop spreading the word to my friends about my experience. Thanks again for your amazing hospitality, Mitchell
Writer’s Camp delegates deep in study.
The father of the family of four wrote: Hi Gary and Merri: Just thought y’all would like to know that today Doss published his first book. It is called College Confidential and it is currently listed at number 42 on amazon. com. He would not have done it but for our experience this summer at your Writer’s Camp.
So, here is thanking you both very much.
By a student, for students, College Confidential: An Insider’s Guide to Success written by Doss Winter is filled with practical tips and insider information addressing everything from Academics to getting your Zzzzs. Start your college career off on the right foot with veteran advice that will help you survive and thrive during this new chapter of your life.
Doss Winter. Congrats!
College Confidential solves “How To” mysteries like: how to study effectively; how to endear yourself to a professor; how to handle an unruly roommate; how to manage in a drinking culture; how to live within a tight budget; how to avoid landlord troubles; and how to stay mentally and physically fit.
College Confidential gives you the tools you will need to handle the inevitable challenges that you will face and promises to help you to become a stronger, smarter, and more confident student, ready to take on the trials of higher education!
Of course the couples and those who attended on their own enjoyed and gained a lot as well.
One single delegate wrote: Good Day Merri, (Queen of Scots) Have just returned from the writing seminar conducted at your farm in Ashe County, North Carolina, I thought I’d give you my take on what I experienced. To suggest that the location, hosts, seminar content, and accommodations were adequate would be an understatement.. (tell them what you’re going to tell them)
This was my introductory visit to the northwestern corner of North Carolina and it appears, from looking at the map, that this area could be considered the “foothills” of the Appalachian Mountain Range. Remote? You bet! But a beautiful place for retreating when life or weather calls for relocation.
Corresponding as we have for the past two years was simply a forerunner to our one on two meeting and I am so pleased that we found this opportunity. You are both most personable with dynamic and pleasing personalities. I was extremely comfortable the entire weekend and thank you for making that possible.
The seminar itself opened a whole new world that I hope to explore in the coming months. I drove away from your farm with a well inflated right rear tire and a wealth of information that could catapult me into a whole new profession should I opt to go that route. I still have a number of professional business ideas that I intend to pursue, however, the concepts and ideas conveyed in your seminar will serve to enhance whatever I undertake going forward.
But if there was one underlying common denominator that I recognized, it was the fact that you are both so well qualified to present in this field of communication. Probably my most prolific observation was how well read and knowledgeable you are. The breadth and depth of knowledge on so many diverse yet associated subjects kept my unswerving attention. It also opened my mind to a variety of fields that, heretofore, I would not have considered relevant to my interests. And as a presenter, Gary is prolific. I drove away knowing that not only did the seminar give me my money’s worth but I was introduced to some very valuable contacts. (Tell them what you experienced)
The bottom line is your seminar was both eye opening and entertaining. I came, I saw, I learned, and I even ate healthy. Thanks for everything. John
Plus a couple who attended emailed this:
Share Points of View
Our forefathers in this land, the migratory Americans, have been credited with the origin of the phrase “walk a mile in another man’s shoes”. This is an ancient wisdom that suggests that we cannot really understand someone else unless we live their life.
Yet modern virtual technology that creates broadband virtually assures that everyone has different views. This makes it harder for families to share common interests.
Learn together… with friends and family at our summer camps in the Blue Ridge.
Start today. Enroll in in our ONLINE course. Attend our Writer’s Camp March 15, 16, 17 and we’ll deduct the cost of the online course or reserve a place at our Writer’s Camp and receive the online course FREE today.