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  • Heal Yourself with Writing

    Heal Yourself with Writing

    Guest Catherine Ann Jones
    Date Thursday 6th December

    Our lives may be determined less by past events than by the way we remember them. Expressing and listening to one’s own life story is an ancient mode of healing.

    So how do we learn to listen more to the stories that heal? Put together the pieces of our past? And rewrite our life story so that pain becomes meaningful and promotes growth and transformation?

    In this interview, award winning author and IACCW Expert Catherine Ann Jones will lead us through a step-by-step journey of discovery and re-visioning which revolves around focused journaling, a practice that can enable healing and empowerment. You will learn how to make meaning out of memory and put the past where it belongs — behind you.

    By the end, you will have an insight into:

    • The story you are living and why you want what you can’t have
    • What soul dialogues are and how they help us get in touch with our inner visionary
    • The powerful transformational mirror of focused journaling
    • How to integrate opposites by standing in the light and facing the darkness
    • What it means to transcend archetypes and discover your personal myth
    • Going beyond traditional psychology and overcome trauma
    • The best way to create space and time for inner growth.

    Catherine Ann Jones holds a graduate degree in Depth Psychology and Archetypal Mythology from Pacifica Graduate Institute where she has also taught. In addition to being an award-winning playwright (On the Edge, The Women of Cedar Creek) and screenwriter (The Christmas Wife, Unlikely Angel, and for the Touched by an Angel series),  Jones was a Fulbright Research Scholar to India studying shamanism, and has taught at The New School University, University of Southern California, and the Esalen and the Omega Institutes. Her books are The Way of Story: The Craft & Soul of Writing and Heal Your Self with Writing. Jones lives in Ojai, California, and leads The Way of Story and Heal Your Self with Writing workshops throughout the United States, U.K., Europe, and Asia.

  • On Being a Writer: A Path of Enquiry

    On Being a Writer: A Path of Enquiry

    Guest Robert Holden
    Date Thursday 10th January

    True creativity has been described as a living enquiry and the creative act of writing is replete with uncertainty. This can deter all but the most committed creative souls from facing the blank page with courage and fortitude.

    Yet, when we approach writing as a path of enquiry, we learn to ‘live the questions’ as Rainer Maria Rilke famously advised in his seminal work Letters to a Young Poet. In doing so, the answers gradually present themselves.

    As writers, our enquiry leads to answers about the deepest levels of our content and how we can become an open-hearted conduit for the right words to meet the page.

    With multiple bestselling books to his name, Robert Holden explains, ‘Writing helps me to make sense of my life. Through my journal, blog, Facebook posts, and books, writing supports me to pay attention and avoid falling into the unconscious daily blur.  It helps me to be present, to listen, to learn, and to live.’

    In this interview, we will explore writing as a meditative path of enquiry and discuss:

    • The purpose of writing – what inspires you to write?
    • Writing as a spiritual practice – who is doing the writing?
    • Your relationship with the blank page, and how to make friends with it.
    • Not feeling ready to write, and other common blocks to writing.
    • Your dialogue with your inner critic – how to write and be free.
    • Recognizing your authentic voice, and daring to be more authentic.

    Robert Holden’s work on psychology and spirituality has been featured on Oprah, Good Morning America, a PBS special Shift Happens! and in two major BBC-TV documentaries. He is author of Happiness NOW!, Shift Happens!, Authentic Success (formerly titled Success Intelligence), Be Happy, Loveability and Holy Shift! 365 Meditations from A Course in Miracles. His latest book is Life Loves You co-written with Louise Hay. Robert writes a weekly newsletter for his website and hosts a weekly show on Hay House Radio called Shift Happens!  He posts daily on his Facebook page (drrobertholden).  See

  • How to Develop a Book Marketing Plan

    How to Develop a Book Marketing Plan

    Guest Dana Lynn Smith
    Date Thursday 7th February

    No matter where you are in your publishing journey, a good marketing plan is critical to success.

    • If you're writing a book proposal to submit to agents or publishers, you'll need to include a marketing plan outline to convince them that you understand how to promote the book.
    • If you're in the process of writing your book, it's important to get your marketing foundation in place early and start building a following now.
    • If your book is already published, you need a strategic action plan to make the best use of your time and resources for maximum results.

    The key to successful book marketing is to understand your target audiences and develop a strategic plan for reaching them and persuading them to buy. Here's what you'll learn in this interview:

    • What marketing tools you need to have in place before your book is published
    • What steps to follow in creating your book marketing plan
    • How your website serves as the hub of everything you do
    • What are the most important promotional strategies for nonfiction, novels, and children's books
    • How to overcome five common roadblocks to successful book marketing

    Don't wait too late or let inertia or lack of marketing knowledge keep you from realizing the full potential of your book. Get started now on the road to successful book sales.  

    Dana Lynn Smith, The Savvy Book Marketer, helps authors and indie publishers learn how to sell more books through her how-to guides, training programs, blog, newsletter, and private coaching. She has 17 years of publishing experience and a degree in marketing. Dana is the author of seven book marketing guides including How to Get Your Book Reviewed and How to Sell More Books on Amazon, as well as the acclaimed Savvy Book Marketing Newsletter. Her newest training program is the Ultimate Book Marketing Plan Workshop. For more information visit

  • Mindful Writing for Conscious Writers

    Mindful Writing for Conscious Writers

    Guest Brenda Miller
    Date Thursday 7th March

    How 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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