Today we’d like to introduce you to Meta Wagner.
Meta, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
From a young age, I’ve always been interested in being a writer, and throughout my career I’ve had the chance to do various forms of writing, all of which have been really satisfying. I started out in public relations, including as the Director of the Health Care Group at Cone Communications, which was Boston’s largest indie PR agency at the time. I then expanded into marketing communications, including as the Marketing Director at Madison Publishing. From there, I decided to get my MFA in Creative Writing at Emerson College and to start doing opinion pieces and cultural commentary. My pieces have appeared in Chicago Tribune, Salon, Christian Science Monitor, Huffington Post, and Wall Street Journal Custom Content. I also became a columnist for PopMatters and a frequent contributor to The Boston Globe Opinion Pages. In 2017, I took the leap from writing short pieces to writing my first book, What’s Your Creative Type?: Harness the Power of Your Artistic Personality. It was published by Seal Press (a Hachette Book Group imprint). I’ve wanted to encourage creativity and the love of writing in others, and so I’ve taught at Emerson College and Boston University for over 15 years, and have also taught classes at Grub Street, I’ve also given a TedX talk at BU and have been giving talks on creativity at corporations and conferences, including recently at Hill Holliday ad agency. Boston is my adopted city (I’m originally from NY), and I’m pleased to have been associated with so many great Boston institutions throughout my career.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
One struggle I’ve contended with was gaining the confidence to know that I could go from writing short pieces to a full-length book. I wasn’t sure I had it in me, or that I could see it all the way through. But, with the encouragement of my agent (who was a former student of mine at Emerson College) and editor, I came to realize that I really enjoyed the single-minded immersion in writing a book–as long as I had outside resources to turn to and the vision of seeing my book out in the world.
We’d love to hear more about your business.
I do not run a company, but I am in the process of promoting myself as a corporate speaker, who can help bring the concepts of my book to entrepreneurs, managers, and employees who want to learn ways to boost their creative motivation in the workplace and in their individual creative pursuits.
What were you like growing up?
Someone recently said I’m probably a gregarious introvert, and that rings true with me. I’ve always valued my relationships above all else, but from a young age on, I’ve really relished the solitariness of writing–being in my head, being focused on something I’m creating. That balance has been important to me throughout my life.
- Corporate speaking fees: $3,000+
- Website: http://www.metawagner.com/
- Phone: 617-686-7877
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/creativelymeta/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/meta.wagner
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- Other: https://www.linkedin.com/in/meta-wagner-5b541861/
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