Talking Across Partisan Divides: An Update from Workshop Guest Stephen Cataldo

We’re seeing a lot of division over politics lately, especially in social media, where it’s easy to make a quick, mean meme out of an unflattering photo. The “Likes” may rack up, but how can we encourage productive conversation? Stephen Cataldo, a guest from our January indie writer workshop, aimed to tackle this issue with his latest book.

What has he been up to since January?

“I’ve published and begun marketing Cognitive Politics: a Communications Workbook for Progressives!” He says. The book, which is part research, part workbook, helps advocates of compassionate and hopeful politics to listen and to be heard across that divide.

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“Now I’m working on a poster & video Social Media Guide for Progressives: Tweet and Share to Help Your Cause, and have been giving workshops on Talking Across Partisan Divides.”

Stephen took Robert Kroese‘s ‘Earning through Self-Publishing’ workshop in January. The experience changed his initial strategy to take advantage of Amazon’s promotional tools.

“At the workshop, I changed my initial plans and went exclusively with Amazon for the e-book for the first three months.”

What does he miss about Costa Rica?
“I miss the beach, the peace — and oddly, the schedule of the intense sun and boring evenings, which helped me work on a nice cadence with well-spaced breaks. If this first book gets read, I’d love to go back to Costa Rica and start writing my next one.”
How do you communicate your political views with those who disagree with you?

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We have five studios, 3 1-bedroom houses, and 2 2-bedroom deluxe spaces.

Who stays at Norma’s? Norma’s is a community—some folks work in Costa Rica, some come to write a book or learn to paint, and some stay for months while looking for a permanent place to live. If you’re looking to stay in a quiet town and have plenty of space to roam around, Norma’s is the place for you! We provide a relaxing space where you can swim, meditate, or pick mangoes!

Norma’s is right on the way to Jaco, and near the Poas Volcano and Braulio Carrillo National Park. We are a fifteen-minute drive away from SJO international airport, and the Coca-Cola and Caribe bus depots in San Jose are one bus ride away.

Folks staying for a couple of weeks, a month or more enjoy Norma’s. If you’re looking for a “home” while you explore Costa Rica, we are centrally located in a quiet Costa Rican town. We’re a good place to get away from it all!