It’s Fall! 2012

It’s Fall!

Leaves are beginning to turn, school is back in session, and I’ve pulled out an extra blanket or two, just in case. Fall is the time to settle back into a routine. When that routine includes publicity, grant writing, writing a business plan, or updating your website, you know that clear writing is the key to good communication. Clients, prospective clients, the media, and funding sources all need to hear your message and to hear it your way.

Whatever your communications needs, HarpWorks can fine tune your message – on time, on demand and on budget. Don’t leave good communication out of your fall routine.

More Than Just for Kicks

At the Kishintaikan Dojo, the oldest, continuously operating martial arts academy in Bangor, they know self-defense and they know how to teach it. For nearly 30 years, the Kishintaikan Dojo (pronounced key-shin-tie-khan doe-joe), under the leadership of Kancho Sensei Stephen A. Boardway, head of Kishintaikan International, has offered Okinawan Karate-do Goju-Ryu, a classical style of Karate that originated on the island of Okinawa. A HarpWorks client, the Dojo also offers Kobudo (weapons art), Kiko (energy work), martial fitness, and yoga, taught by Sensei Boardway. Capoeira (cap-oh-ware-ah), the Afro-Brazilian martial art that combines elements of martial arts, music, and dance, is taught by Garrett Boardway.

For anyone who thinks Karate is just about kicks, punches, and breaking boards, think again. Adults and children, women and men all come to the Dojo (martial arts school) to learn self defense, and also to improve their physical, mental, and emotional fitness.

“When we teach a class,” says Sensei Boardway, “the students learn more than the physical aspects of martial arts. We work on self awareness, self confidence, and developing a positive attitude.” Karate, Capoeira, and the other martial arts taught at the Kishintaikan Dojo all foster greater awareness of ….

Upcoming Event: Fall into Financial Fitness

Do you worry about money? Does your credit need repair? Do you wonder how you can save for retirement, or buy a home? Sarah Morehead, author of I HATE Money: Understanding Your Financial Attitude, will headline “Fall into Financial Fitness,” a free, half-day conference exploring a wide variety of money topics. Hosted by Women, Work, and Community and welcoming men and women, “Fall into Financial Fitness” will be held Sat., Sept. 22, 2012, 8:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Eastport Hall, UMA – Bangor Campus, 128 Texas Ave. The conference includes workshops by local financial professionals on topics such as credit, home buying, insurance and investments, and recognizing your own financial attitude. Free admission; donations appreciated. Proceeds benefit Women, Work, and Community’s financial literacy programming and mini-grants to small businesses. Contact Susan Russell, 207/262-7842,, or see details on the Women, Work, and Community website.


Client News

Congratulations to HarpWorks client ArtVan on receiving funding from the Quimby Family Foundation to support programming. Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance, the statewide organization dedicated to supporting writers and the literary arts in Maine, also received a grant. For the full list of 2012 recipients, see the article in the Bangor Daily News.


Dates to Note

September 25, October 2, October 9. 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Basics of Starting a Business, at University of Maine at Augusta – Bangor. Offered by Women, Work and Community. Contact Jane Searles at 262-7843 or  Free.

October 19-20. For the sixth year, the Bangor Book Festival will bring Maine-based and Maine-connected writers of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and children’s books to Downtown Bangor. See the website, Facebook, and Twitter for more information.

For more than 25 years I’ve worked in journalism, creative writing, arts administration and education, and am a professionally trained researcher, interviewer and historian.  I’ll be happy to work with you to meet your writing and publicity needs.

Stephanie Harp
Owner, HarpWorks Writing Services

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