Melanie Bell

Author, Writing Coach, Workshop Leader

Category: Writing

“All About Writing” Author Panel Friday, October 13

The world of writing and publishing is changing every day. From the rise of self-publishing to movements for more diverse books, the writing world is full of unprecedented opportunities… and a lot for writers to think about.

This Friday, I’ll be joining four other authors on an “All About Writing” panel to discuss the nitty-gritty details of 2017’s literary landscape. If you’re interested in writing (or just in reading and listening), I’d love to have you join us for this live online event!

What will we be talking about? Everything related to the writing process, from writing routines to editing to publication strategies. There will be a book giveaway and opportunities for listeners to ask the authors questions. I’ll share the story of how my book The Modern Enneagram came to be, and how self-publishing and traditional publishing can work collaboratively rather than competitively.

Click here to listen this Friday at 11am PST / 7pm GMT:

I can’t wait to see you there!

The Modern Enneagram is here (and back in stock)!

What a whirlwind this year has been! Last summer, I contacted an editor at Callisto Media to ask if they had any freelance projects. She noticed a link to an Enneagram e-book in my message signature, and asked if Kacie Berghoef and I would like to write an Enneagram book for them. Several months later, The Modern Enneagram is a reality: published in paperback and Kindle editions, and sold out of the first run on day one. The next batch will be in stock on Monday, so it’s good news all around.


This was a fun project to write! The publisher wanted a modern update to the Enneagram classics that have been around for 20 or so years, so we put together a breezy yet comprehensive book with case studies, references to social media and modern careers, and other ways of presenting the source material in a contemporary context.


If you don’t know what the Enneagram is, our book gives a solid introduction to this profound, growth-oriented personality system. It profiles nine personality types, each motivated by something different, and applies the Enneagram’s insights at work, in relationships, and for personal growth. If you’re familiar with the system, there will still be fresh insights in the book. It was important to me to write about using the Enneagram as a foundation for understanding yourself and living with integrity – something far deeper and more practical than a game of “numbering” people.


You can read an excerpt called “Solving Problems at Work” here.


Here I am with a box full of fresh, new books. Aren’t they a good-looking bunch? I love the watercolor cover design.


You can preview and order The Modern Enneagram at (Canadians: use

Quiet Lightning Poetry Reading Video, “Mothernever”

Yesterday’s Quiet Lightning reading was fun and thematic, with a strong focus on place. It was also the first time I’ve read with buses and trolleys zooming in the background. Gotta love the San Francisco streets.

Here’s a brief video from the event. My poem begins, “My mother never went to Vegas.”

Quiet Lightning Reading Jan 2

I’ll be ringing in 2017 in style, joining a group of amazing writers to read here in San Francisco. Quiet Lightning is a monthly literary event that works like a mixtape: seamlessly interwoven texts, no banter, and unique locations. They also have a neat magazine called sparkle + blink that features the writing chosen that month, with issues given out to the first 100 attendees and accessible online. This issue will feature art by Nancy Calef. The next reading will take place January 2nd, starting at 4:30pm, on the steps of Montgomery BART Station during rush hour. I expect we’ll be some commuters’ entertainment. Check out the full lineup here!

Thank you to Kate Folk and Evan Karp for inviting me to read my poem “Mothernever.” I’m honored to be part of this event, and look forward to seeing some of you there!


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