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  • The Inside Story of Indpendent Publishing

    The Inside Story of Indpendent Publishing

    Guest Michelle Pilley
    Date Thursday 7th September

    The publishing landscape has changed dramatically over the last few years. The days of traditional publishers exclusively holding the keys to the gates of authorship are long gone, and the digital revolution continues to present a mix of both challenges and blessings for publishers and authors alike.

    Independent publishers have always been a strong creative force in the publishing world. Those who are thriving in the market today have developed a different, sustainable way of publishing which has enabled their businesses and their authors to thrive.

    Hay House is a shining example of the new face of independent publishing. As a curator of content, they lead the way with a strong commitment to finding creative solutions for one of the key questions facing us all: how to put great books in front of the people who are interested in reading them?

    Join us to hear what Hay House UK managing director and publisher Michelle Pilley has to say on:

    • How the book industry has changed in the last five years
    • Where traditional publishers still triumph over self-publishing
    • What makes an author attractive to an independent publisher
    • How to develop a strong author profile and platform
    • The challenges in the market right now
    • Future opportunities for authors

    Michelle Pilley is the managing director and publisher of Hay House UK. She started work as an assistant to a Publisher of a vintage car and bike company and did her editorial training at a business consultancy. After a couple of years travelling, Michelle returned to the UK to work for Waterstone’s where she was able to explore her passion for spirituality and Mind Body Spirit topics, and draft the first Waterstone’s MBS core stock list. Her next move took her to HarperCollins as a Commissioning Editor for Aquarian and Thorson’s books, where she became the Senior Commissioning Editor for MBS. Then keen to leave London and in search of a new challenge, Michelle accepted the job of Features Editor for Kindred Spirit magazine. After 3 years she was lured back to publishing to help set up Anita Roddick’s publishing house, and finally joined Hay House Inc in 2002 to help to form Hay House UK.  See

  • Creating Time to Write

    Creating Time to Write

    Guest Marney K. Makridakis
    Date Thursday 5th October

    For many writers, time is one of the biggest obstacles to fulfilling their potential. But what if you could mould, craft, and create time to be anything you would like it to be based on the understanding that time is in your hands?

    Marney K. Makridakis teaches a pioneering approach to time that goes way beyond time management, and shows how to create time through enlightening ideas, creative perspectives and self-revealing projects to reshape the ways you view, and use, time.

    When we are not chasing time or wishing time was different, we finally set our souls free to write what we are meant to write, and live the lives we are meant to live.

    In a dynamic conversation tailored specifically for writers, Marney will introduce her approach to time and explain the practical tools you need to create time for your writing and for enriching the whole spectrum of meaning and purpose in your life.

    By the end you will understand:

    • Why traditional time management techniques often don’t work for writers
    • An alternative approach to integrate into our writing – and our whole lives
    • The main challenges that writers have with time
    • Creative, innovative approaches to address these challenges
    • How a new relationship with time can dramatically impact your writing and your life

    Time is the ultimate scapegoat when things aren’t going our way, but it is also is the ultimate resource when we can finally learn to tap into its expansiveness and partner with it in new ways.

    Marney K. Makridakis is the author of Creating Time: Using Creativity to Reinvent the Clock and Reclaim Your Life. She founded the Artella online community for creators of all kinds and the print magazine Artella. A popular speaker and workshop leader, she created the ARTbundance approach of self-discovery through art. She lives in Dallas, Texas. Visit her online at and

  • Navigating the Seven Stages of Creativity

    Navigating the Seven Stages of Creativity

    Guest David Ulrich
    Date Thursday 9th November

    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

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

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

    Guest Stephen Harrod Buhner
    Date Thursday 7th December

    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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