July excitement, New York, the School of Visual Arts, and WDS!

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What a busy month! I’m so excited about, well, everything it seems lately. This past June I traveled to New York for two weeks with the School of Visual Arts in their Design Writing Intensive program as a two week break from my full-time job in Communications to get better at writing and storytelling; the program included multiple intensive seminars and assignments with writers from the New York Times, the New Yorker, Design Observer, Metropolis and more.

Next weekend I’m heading to my third-round with the World Domination Summit and I hope to see many, many of you there! In addition, I’ve got several very exciting projects in the works that I can’t wait to share with you (although I can’t share them just yet even though I am bursting at the seams to talk about them!!). As a result, I’ve held off on opening doors to the next Writer’s Workshop, but I’ll either re-open it this summer or later this fall, depending on scheduling (and several behind-the-scenes projects). More soon! But first…

See you in Portland if you’re going to WDS this weekend! 

I can’t wait to see so many wonderful faces in Portland’s friendly city blocks. Make sure to reach out and say hello, send a quick tweet or leave a comment and let me know that you’ll be there. If you’re new to the conference, check out all the goodness in my recaps from the first two years:

World Domination 2011, Round 1:

World Domination 2012, Round 2:

Year two was the year I kicked off my swim-adventure that turned into $33,000 for Charity:Water in an incredible, never-will-forget-it event. (Stay tuned: I might be doing something related at WDS this year!). Here are the great posts from that adventure:

There are a million brilliant resources for going to this conference. I can’t wait to see you there! For those of you who can’t make it, I’ll try to do my similar scribe-note-taking magic as I always do.

Storytelling: Teaching LIVE at General Assembly – San Francisco:

For those of you who have been curious about my storytelling classes and workshops, I’ll be teaching two different classes this July 17 and July 24th in downtown San Francisco with General Assembly. In “Storytelling 1.0” on Wednesday, July 17, I’ll cover several basic frameworks and philosophies of storytelling and how it fits into how you tell the story of your personal brand or your business. In “Storytelling 2.0” on Wednesday, July 24, I take a deeper look at the mythological roots of storytelling and the various hero archetypes we use in our understanding of ourselves and the way we see the world around us. Hope you can join if you’re in town!

Also – Miscellaneous links from around the web for your Monday morning! 

  • Tech Cocktail: Last January I went to Tech Cocktail to speak about the future of cities and tour the Downtown Project with Tony Hsieh; after the presentations we did a quick Q/A on writing and blogging. Kira Newman, also a terrific writer and starter of the Honesty Experiment, had a conversation me about top tips for writing and blogging – check it out here
  • Morning Routine: What’s in a morning routine? Here’s what mine looks like!
  • This is an oldie-but-goodie: at Bold Academy last year, I did a post about the power of community and it still has one of my all-time favorite quotes: “When you surround yourself with other talented people who have the will to make things happen, you realize that you’re not alone–and that there are hundreds of people who are willing to help you as much as you’re willing to help them.”
  • The “Do Something” presentation that I put on SlideShare has now doubled in views since it took off last year–it’s at 190,000 views (this is amazing to me) and I’m so awed that people find this such a wonderful resource and tool. If you haven’t taken a look before, check it out ~ and let me know what you think!

Enjoy, and Happy Monday!sarah signature

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