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The IACCW Speakers Series:
Best of 2013 Interviews for Conscious & Creative Writers

Learn how to combine soul and craft
as you write your book for publication

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Enjoy this year’s selection of exclusive interviews with successful authors and international experts who all share their knowledge and experience to enable you to succeed as a conscious and creative writer.

A beautifully designed set of 6 audio CDs in a presentation box includes interviews with (click on the red titles below for more information on each interview):


Publisher of Aspire Magazine and founder of Inspired Living Publishing, Linda Joy who speaks on Authenticity & Collaboration: Feminine Marketing Tools for Conscious Writers to Reach their Ideal Readers




Multiple-award-winning author of 19 books, Stephen Harrod Buhner who speaks on Ensouling Language: The Art of Non-Fiction for Conscious Writers




Creativity coach, teaching artist, speaker and author, Rosanne Bane, M.A. who speaks on What Conscious Writers Need to Know About Writer’s Block



Traditional and online marketing expert, and founder of Carvill Creative, Michelle Carvill who speaks on Content Marketing for Conscious Writers



Internationally renowned photographer, author and editor, David Ulrich who speaks on Navigating the Seven Stages of Creativity



Professor of English, award-winning author and editor, Brenda Miller who speaks on Mindful Writing for Conscious Writers







Authenticity & Collaboration: Feminine Marketing Tools for Conscious Writers to Reach their Ideal Readers

Linda Joy

For many writers, one of the most challenging aspects of authorship is marketing. Long gone are the days when publishers would take full responsibility for promoting books, and lack of marketing support continues to be one of the top complaints from traditionally published authors. Self-published authors are of course exclusively responsible for making sure that their books find their audience and carve out a sustainable niche in the crowded marketplace we are all working in today.

Whatever route to market you take with your book, learning how to stand out from the crowd and reach out to your readers in a way that is authentic to you as an individual is a crucial component of your success.  Authenticity and collaboration are at the core of the feminine approach to marketing which has been proven many times over in recent years as one of the most effective ways to spread the word far and wide about your writing.

In this topical interview, you will learn how to allow your authentic voice to permeate all your interactions with your audience, from your website to your social media and more.  You’ll also see how collaborating with other authors in your genre is one of the most powerful ways to reach your ideal readers. By the end you will understand:

  • Why authenticity is the Divine thread that attracts your ideal readers to your writing and to your online door.
  • Why authors embracing the feminine principle of collaboration are reaching their ideal readers and thriving in their genre.
  • How Linda Joy attracted a loyal tribe of 10,000 passionate, engaged readers in less than 100 days – and you can too!
  • How these principles can work even if you do not yet have an online presence.
  • How supporting conscious writers in your genre opens the door to new readers and creative opportunities.

As Publisher of Aspire Magazine – the premiere inspirational magazine for women and founder of Inspired Living Publishing (publisher of two best-selling books in 18 months), Linda Joy knows first- hand how important creating a tribe of loyal readers is. In the first 100 days of entering the virtual world in late 2009 she created a thriving tribe of over 10,000 women – with no marketing background, online presence or list. Today Linda’s heart-centered authentic marketing model has catapulted her numerous multi-media brands to the forefront of the women’s inspirational publishing and virtual event genres with over 35,000 female subscribers and over 11,000 in her social media family. Learn more at



Ensouling Language: The Art of Non-Fiction for Conscious Writers

Stephen Harrod Buhner

Too often, in our time, writing lacks the luminosity that can make the tiny hairs on the back of your neck stand up. Rather than exciting the reader’s soul, it deadens the sensitivity of the heart to the touch of the world upon us, a process that the great literary critic Geoffrey Hartman calls aestheticide.

The attempts to reduce writing to a series of technical skills in so many writing programs throughout the west, contribute to what literary critic Elif Batuman describes as “the publication of more excellently written books than have ever been published but that no one wants to read.” They have forgotten the most essential thing; how to tell a story that matters.

Approaching writing as a sacred art, Stephen Buhner explores the core of the craft: the communication of deep meaning that feeds not just the mind but also the soul of the reader. Tapping into the powerful archetypes within language, he shows how to enrich your writing by following “golden threads” of inspiration while understanding the crucial invisibles essential to the art of both fiction and nonfiction.

By the end of this in-depth interview, you will have an appreciation of how to:

  • craft language with feeling and vision, employ altered states of mind to access the writing trance, and clear your work by recognizing the powerful sway of clichéd thinking and hidden baggage
  • intentionally generate duende--that physical/emotional response to art that gives you chills, opens up unrecognized aspects of reality, or simply resonates in your soul
  • infuse your nonfiction, especially how-to and self-help, with the same power and luminosity as great fiction 
  • reliably induce the dreaming state from which all great writing comes, and apply the core perceptual tools of analogical thinking and the capacity for deep feeling
  • explore the subtle techniques of powerful writing, from inducing associational dreaming in the reader, to language symmetry, sound patterning, foreshadowing, feeling flow, and more. 

Stephen Harrod Buhner is the multiple-award-winning author of 17 works of nonfiction and one of poetry. He is fully supported by his writing and believes that any writer who puts the depths of themselves into their work and learns how to concentrate that luminous essence powerfully into language can do so as well. He doesn’t like contemporary American literature much (which he considers to fit into the “Drama” category, making it a genre, just not a very enjoyable one).

He lives in New Mexico on the edge of the Gila wilderness where he is involved in working with wild plant ecosystems, ensouling habitation through a long term project with an abandoned adobe warehouse, and music where he is working to capture the power of duende and language in a newly emerging combined medium. For over twenty years he traveled widely throughout the U.S. and the Western European Isles teaching about duende, Earth relationship, and wild plant medicines. He is currently at work on his 19th book. For more information, visit


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RosanneBane150What Conscious Writers Need to Know About Writer's Block

Rosanne Bane

Most writers wonder at times what the heck is going on inside their heads when they want to write, but can’t.

Why do we make progress with our writing for while, then – for no reason we can discern – sabotage our own best efforts? Why do we procrastinate, follow distractions, criticize ourselves, demand perfection and delay the writing that we’ve been given to share?

It’s so easy to slide into blaming ourselves and feeling embarrassed, guilty and confused. But we don’t experience resistance because we lack will power, discipline or talent. We move forward and we jump back from the thrill/anxiety of writing because that’s what our brains are wired to do. Resistance is just as normal and instinctual as the desire to create.

When we understand what’s happening inside our brain, we can learn to overcome resistance in the moment and rewire our brain in the long term to develop productive, sustainable writing habits.

In this session with self-professed brain geek Rosanne Bane, you will:

  • Learn about your brain in easy-to-understand, layperson’s terms
  • Understand why a limbic system takeover trumps your writing commitment and creativity
  • Discover what you can do to reverse those limbic system takeovers and put your creative cortex back in the driver’s seat
  • Recognize why habits are far more valuable and reliable than discipline or will power
  • Identify the three habits that support the writing life
  • Decide which habits you’re ready to adopt and design your commitment plan to build those habits
  • Gain appreciation for your own efforts so far, and be reassured that you can be the writer you want to be and the world needs you to be.

Rosanne Bane, M.A. is a creativity coach, teaching artist, speaker and author of Around the Writer’s Block: Using Brain Science to Solve Writer’s Resistance and Dancing in the Dragon’s Den: Rekindling the Creative Fire in Your Shadow. A veteran teaching artist of more than 20 years at the Loft Literary Center, University of St. Thomas, University of Minnesota, StoryStudio Literary Center and elsewhere, Rosanne has helped thousands of writers, artists and creative people of all sorts achieve their professional goals and make their creative dreams reality.

Rosanne specializes in helping creative people understand why it’s so hard (at times) to do the very thing they love to do. Her books, coaching and classes show writers how to break through resistance so they can stop feeling disappointed, frustrated and guilty and get back to doing what they do best and love most. For more information, visit and



MichelleCarvill150Content Marketing for Conscious Writers

Michelle Carvill

Once upon a time the publishing of content for a wide audience was in the domain of a few publishing houses, broadcasters and media moguls. Today, anyone can publish written, audio or video material, and share it with the world simply via their mobile phones.

This freedom to publish means there is content overload. So, how do you cut through the noise and ensure that your content is compelling, useful, and encourages people to do what you want with it?

Whether your objective is to get someone to read your book, subscribe to your blog, share your content with others or purchase something, you need to begin by asking and answering a few questions:  what’s your objective, who are your audience, where are they, and how can you engage with them?

By the end of this talk you will understand:

  • How to make the most of the content you create and share on social media channels.
  • Why the concept of ‘You are what you share’ – is an important one.
  • How to think objectively about your goals and social media activity, and answer one key question before you begin.
  • The best way to put a strategy in place for creating fresh and purposeful content regularly.
  • The simple and effective model of Plan, Listen, Analyse to help you deliver on your specific objectives.
  • How blogging is a central and flexible vehicle to share your content and strengthen your visibility online.

Michelle Carvill is Founder of Carvill Creative – a marketing, social media and web agency founded in 2002 – and is co-author of The Business of Being Social – A Practical Guide to Harnessing, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube for Business . Michelle provides strategic marketing advice to clients covering both traditional and online marketing. Passionate about 'the digital future' – she advises clients on creative Online Marketing Communication Strategies, Social Media Strategies and Website Effectiveness Planning. Whilst experience counts for much of her knowledge, Michelle is a fully ‘qualified’ marketer with a Masters in Business & Marketing. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and a fully qualified Chartered Marketer. For more information see

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DavidUlrich150Navigating the Seven Stages of Creativity

David Ulrich

One of the hallmarks of the creative process is readily distinguishable stages of evolution, from conception through completion. Understanding these stages in an experiential manner can help fulfill our creative potential and assist us in deeply serving others through our works.

In this interview, creativity is viewed as a path towards self-realization, a means of opening to the depth mind, a fertile ground for the necessary encounter with our demons and resistances, and a marriage of self with the sources from which our works spring.

An awareness of the evolutionary unfolding of the creative process can ally creativity with the search for consciousness, help us open to authenticity and revelation, and assist in unseating the dominance of the ego towards a state of “non-doing” where power and insight may gracefully flow through our pens and minds.

In this interview, you will learn to:

  • Identify and fully engage the seven stages of creativity
  • Find greater connection to the “writer within,” free of fear and self-limiting inner dialogue.
  • Open to the resonant sources of epiphany and insight, which lie waiting within us all.
  • Use creativity as a means towards self-revealment and greater consciousness of both: the inner and outer worlds.
  • Discover your authentic voice, that which grows from your identity and being
  • Learn techniques for a disciplined approach to craft and for bringing works to fruition and completion.
  • Explore disintegrating your ego and integrating your shadow, and how these dynamics may assist you in growing towards wholeness, authenticity, and fluid creativity—and become a contributory force in the world.

David Ulrich is a photographer and writer. He is the author of The Widening Stream: the Seven Stages of Creativity, and the co-editor of Through Our Eyes: A Photographic View of Hong Kong by its Youth. His work has been published in numerous books and journals including Aperture, Parabola, MANOA, and Sierra Club publications. He is a Consulting Editor to Parabola Magazine and a frequent contributor. Ulrich’s photographs have been exhibited internationally in over seventy-five one-person and group exhibitions nationwide. He is a program coordinator and faculty member of Pacific New Media, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. He is currently finishing a memoir/essay on seeing and visual perception: Longing for Light: Into the Heart of Vision. Visit and


BrendaMiller_150Mindful Writing for Conscious Writers

Brenda Miller

ow do we create space for writing or creativity in a world crowded with many distractions? How can we gain access to our deeper selves in the midst of our busy lives? In The Pen & The Bell: Mindful Writing in a Busy World, Brenda Miller and Holly J. Hughes guide us in contemplative and writing practices that help us pay attention in simple and profound ways.

At the heart of mindful writing is the ability to slow down and simply observe what is happening, both inside and outside the self. In this conversation with Brenda Miller, she will describe how the power of detailed observation can be translated into writing, and how writing, itself, can become an important contemplative practice.

We will cover many topics, including:

  • How to create physical and mental space for mindfulness and writing
  • How to heighten awareness as a basis for writing
  • How to practice writing that articulates the concrete, tactile, sensory world
  • How to write quickly, but effectively
  • How to take risks in writing
  • How to write both alone and in community.

Brenda Miller is the author of three essay collections that explore spirituality and writing: Season of the Body (Sarabande Books, 2002), Blessing of the Animals (Eastern Washington University Press, 2009), and Listening Against the Stone (Skinner House Books, 2011). She is co-author of The Pen and the Bell: Mindful Writing in a Busy World (Skinner House Books, 2012), and Tell it Slant: Creating, Refining and Publishing Creative Nonfiction (McGraw-Hill, 2012). She has received six Pushcart Prizes for her work. She is a Professor of English at Western Washington University, and the Editor-in-Chief of Bellingham Review. For more information see



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  • Six audio CDs in a beautifully designed case which comfortably fits on your book shelf for ease of reference
  • Immediate access to the MP3 downloads of each interview to listen to while you’re on the move


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