My Successful European Screenwriting Seminar Tour

In summer 2015 I presented screenwriting seminars in Vienna, Ludwigsberg, Germany, London, Paris and Munich. I also gave two speeches in southern England, one to a writing group on the Isle of Wight and one to writers in Farenham, which is near Southampton. I did a seminar in Oslo, Norway in November 2015 and then vacationed in Lapland. Photos to come soon!

 I scheduled some lovely vacations in between these events. There were three days in Giverny, France, where Claude Monet painted. He had a beautiful big garden with, of course, water lilies. We saw Lippizaner horses in Vienna, performing with the Vienna Boys Choir, and a beautiful Mozart concert where the orchestra dressed in costumes.

Linda Seger script consultant in England

We went to a lovely area in England called New Forest with beautiful English gardens (I fell in love with the English gardens!) and wild horses with the sea nearby. Another highlight was touring Highclere Castle, filming site of the English series Downton Abby.

Linda Seger at Highclere Castle

We attended a picnic and prom on the grounds of Highclere, complete with aerial show. We watched a spitfire do loops and aerial maneuvers while the orchestra played, saw a re-enactment on horseback of the battle of Waterloo (the British won, again). We watched fireworks – all set to music, and sang along with the orchestra to patriotic British songs. The emcee announced my birthday to the thousands on the lawn. While it was still a bit early, there was no reason to wait to celebrate. My host made sure every detail was perfect! It was marvelous to see the location of one of my favorite TV shows.

Linda Seger visits Highclere Castle in England

The nine weeks wrapped up with two weeks as a student studying Shakespeare at Cambridge University – something I’ve wanted to do since college. We had 5-6 hours of lecture a day. I now understand how intense this can be when others take my seminars. The teaching was outstanding, the subject matter fascinating.

Script consultant Linda Seger's cat Dexter

Now, we’re home again. The cat remembered me. There was lots of purring. Colorado is just as beautiful as when I left!

Fondly, Linda

Wisdom from What Our Mamas Taught Us: Life Isn’t Over Yet

Linda Seger is an international story coach, script and screenplay consultant. This is the story behind an inspirational quote in her book, What Our Mamas Taught Us.

“Life isn’t over yet – things often equalize in the end.”

By Mama Agnes Seger, from Linda Seger’s book, What Our  Mamas Taught Us

Mother often noticed that mothers who had several children try to make everything equal. Once she said to me, “Just because your sister wants a pink sweater doesn’t mean that I also get you a pink sweater. You might have some other need. I never said I would take care of all your wants,  but I will take care of your needs.” My sister and I were very well nurtured by our mother. My sister was a gracious and kind and lovely person who was a year and a half older than I was. At one point in her adult life, my sister said that mother had been helping me out a lot and that she had not been helping her as much. She told mother, “I notice you are doing a lot for Linda and not as much for us.” Holly was married and she was in a stable situation and I wasn’t married and was starting a business and was in a very unstable situation. Mother then let her know that things equalize in the end.

Years later, my sister was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) which is a terminal illness for almost everyone except for Stephen Hawking. A diagnosis generally means the person will die within two to three years. Holly tried some very radical medical treatments to see if they would work,  knowing that ALS and Lyme Disease often have the same symptoms and sometimes people are misdiagnosed. If it were Lyme disease, these particular antibiotics had a chance of healing her but if it were ALS, they didn’t. She was tested and there was unclarity about which it was. During this period of time with Holly’s expensive medical treatments, I wrote her a check every month to help pay for medicine and for her trips to the doctor. Sometimes these checks were a thousand dollars. Sometimes they were $2,000. Every month, I asked Holly what number I should put in that that check and she would very sweetly let me know and was very gracious at acknowledging what I had to give her. During this period of time, I often–yes, many times–thought, “Things equalize in the end.”