Writing demands an audience

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PUBLIC COURSES IN 2017

January 10, 6pm - 8pm - First Wellesley Writers Support Group meeting, $35 - please use the contact form on this website for more information. In addition to peer review, you are taught techniques to improve and advance your writing and each manuscript is edited by Charlene Smith (value $100 per edit, free as a member of this group).

January 11 to March 8, 6pm - 8pm - 8 weeks - $260 - Writing Workshop, Wellesley Recreation Center, MA call 781-237-2370 to book or go to wellesleyma.gov/​recreation (course 143556)

January 12 - 6pm - 7.30pm - 6 weeks writing course through Wellesley Library, for more information call the library or write to emaclennan@​minilib.net

PUBLIC TALK
April 3 - Nelson Mandela and The Art of Building Bridges, Wellesley Weston Lifetime Learning, Wellesley for more information go to http:/​/​wwllcourses.org


At Goddard College, Vermont I was encouraged to pursue my passion for photography
I was awarded the Goddard College Alumni Arts Award 2015 to assist with the research and writing of my book about sexual violence called, Never a Victim.
I graduated with a Master of Fine Arts: Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College, Vermont in 2014 majoring in Advanced Narrative Non-Fiction and Digital Photography.

Mandela: In Celebration of a Great Life by Charlene Smith (Random House)
Nelson Mandela's lessons about co-operation, reconciliation, and team-building can be applied in daily life.http://www.amazon.com/Mandela-In-Celebration-Great-Life/dp/1928213138/ref=dp_ob_title_bk

Me with a bear on Lightning Mountain, New Hampshire, March 2013. Research for a series of articles on bears.
Don't Feed the Bears (see link below), The Boston Globe Magazine, June 23 2013. It begins:

"Humans are strange animals. They leave out delectable birdseed, chattering free-range chickens, and aromatic garbage, but shoot when bears, encouraged by this plenty, wander closer... 'We underestimate the ability of wild animals and humans to get along,' says New Hampshire environmentalist David L. Eastman. 'But getting along also requires humans to behave.'"


Charlene Smith at the National Press Club, Washington, D.C. November 26 with fans of Nelson Mandela
On November 26, Charlene Smith was invited to speak on the Life and Legacy of Nelson Mandela, at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. Some 350 guests arrived, and a book-signing took place afterward.

Interviewing Nelson Mandela on the third day of his release, and first day back in Soweto
A referee once wrote, “Charlene Smith is a powerful, highly skilled and experienced journalist, author and communications professional. She is adept at finding the right channels for messages. She has immense patience and love for people – no-one is unimportant or undeserving of her time or mentoring.”

As a journalist, an authorized biographer of Nelson Mandela, as well as a speech writer and ghostwriter, I have been privileged to witness the best in the great and had the time to ponder their flaws. I believe that it is in addressing failure, that the exceptional emerges.

Writing is a privileged profession: people allow us into their lives, they reveal their hearts bit-by-bit, they let us scratch through their records, go where they fear, and in the process, they too, rediscover themselves.

Current affairs writers are witnesses to history and so our responsibility to truth-telling and fairness is eternal.

Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, I covered anti-apartheid resistance in South Africa as a journalist before resigning to become an activist against apartheid. I also worked in Japan and Argentina. Publications I have worked for include the Los Angeles Times, Independent, Guardian, Washington Post, Le Monde, and others. As a television documentary maker I worked with Tony Burman at Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Ted Koppel at ABC Nightline, and Ed Bradley at CBS 60 Minutes, and others. That work taught me the importance of visual cues.