EMM Enterprise, LLC partners with Thomasville Heights Elementary School for monthly workshops.



Workshop Description 

This workshop is designed to guide beginner, and experienced writers who feel they could benefit from  the insight of a self-published author. The workshop caters to lived experience experts, and mental health advocates who already started sharing their stories. Individuals who aim to build their author platform through blogging, and self-publishing will benefit most from this rigorous two-hour workshop. The objective of this workshop is to rejuvenate the writing process, and get back on track to self-creating one's author platform. Guest speakers will share their lived experience of recovery, and process of getting published. Participants will leave workshop energized to blog, write, and to publish. Light refreshments provided. 

Course Topics 

  1. Building one's author platform 
  2. Creative ways to keep readers engaged Maintain book objectives 
  3. Master chapter structure
  4. Benefits of self-publishing     

Instructor Background

Ashley Smith, Author, Blogger & Advocate

Ashley Smith is a freelance writer, blogger, and self-published author. Her blog book, What's On My Mind? A Collection of Blog Entries from Overcoming Schizophrenia, details her recovery experience, which began at age 20. Currently, Ashley is writing her follow up book, What's On My Mind? Coping Takes Work! Regaining Control of My Wellness and Life with Schizophrenia. Ashley specializes in non-fiction and mental health related stories. 

From an early age Ashley started to journal, and still passionately enjoys articulating ideas through words. Ashley started blogging anonymously in 2008 on her blog, Overcoming Schizophrenia, which she maintains. 

In 2014, Ashley Smith self-published her book, What’s On My Mind? A Collection Of Blog Entries From Overcoming Schizophrenia. In fact, the Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network, Inc. supported Ashley’s recovery experience, and book by purchasing 500 copies, and distributed copies to each attendee at their annual conference (“The Year of the Peer,” 2014) held in St. Simon’s Island, Georgia. Ashley is a trained speaker with the Respect Institute of Georgia.

Furthermore, Georgia’s prison system supports Ashley, and distributes copies of her book in each state prison library across the state. 

Ashley's recovery story was featured on CNN’s Human Factor with Sanjay Gupta (2011), Janssen Pharmaceuticals’ documentary, Living with Schizophrenia A Call for Hope and Recovery (2011), and most recently in the news in Georgia on WGXA, click here to view. 

Ashley Smith is a proud supporter of NAMI Georgia. She is a former state board member, and state trainer for the organization. A portion of workshop proceeds will go to NAMI Georgia.


Ashley self-published her book, and aims to support peers in recovery, and others who aim to publish as well.

  1. Ashley Smith's blog, Overcoming Schizophrenia, gained her access to media exposure including: Huffington Post, highly publicized interviews on radio and television, and several freelance writing opportunities 
  2. In 2018, EMM Enterprise, LLC partnered with Purpose Built Schools Atlanta – Thomasville Heights Elementary School (Atlanta, GA). Ashley facilitated monthly workshops, “Successful Self-Publishing Steps.” 
  3. Sold 500 copies of blog book, What's On My Mind? to Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network (GMHC) 
  4. Georgia's prison system purchased copies of Ashley's book, which is available in their libraries across the state.    
  5. Ashley Smith established her personal blog, Overcoming Schizophrenia, in 2008. Her blog has become an online resource for peers in recovery, caregivers, family, and students, etc. While the blog book is a product, and collective work for readers.  

Guest Speakers

  1. Venessa Abram, Author, The Face of a Suicide Survivor: The Struggle is Real
  2. Corey Jones, Author, Hope Is Real
  3. Bicchiere Alta, Author, CHESS Notes: Christ Has Enlightening Success Strategies

Learn More

This workshop is Friday, March 1, 2019. The workshop will be held at the NAMI Georgia office located: 4120 Presidential Pkwy, Suite 200, Atlanta, GA 30340.  

The workshop is from 9 to 11 am, cost $60, register TODAY, click here.

A portion of proceeds will go to NAMI Georgia. NAMI  is the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Click on button below to learn more about NAMI Georgia.