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IACCW Member Event: Step Out of Your Story: Writing Exercises to Reframe and Transform Your Life

July 30, 2015

Julia McCutchen interviews Kim SchneidermanKimSchneiderman1_c_250
on Thursday 6th August

Every life is an unfolding story, a dynamic, unique, purposeful, and potentially heroic story with bright spots, turning points, and abounding opportunities for personal growth and transformation.

Sometimes the story of our lives read like a comedy; other times, like a tragedy. But if we read the text through the proper lens, we can always read our stories as an adventure of personal growth and our current challenges as a character-development workout.

In this inspiring interview, Kim Schneiderman will introduce a series of structured writing exercises designed to help writers and readers re-imagine themselves as the heroes of their unfolding story with the power to reclaim their personal narrative through choice and voice.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Apply classic storytelling elements to your own life, using the third-person narrative to elevate your perspective
  • View your personal story, and your writing life, through gentler, more compassionate eyes
  • Weave together seemingly fragmented chapters of your life into a meaningful narrative
  • Appreciate how antagonists can help us grow
  • Flesh out your memoir by creating a character sketch of yourself in the third-person narrative
  • Create a “My Life Story” chart to help you organize your memoir.

Kim Schneiderman, LCSW, MSW, is the author of Step Out of Your Story. She counsels in private practice and teaches as a professor and guest lecturer at venues including New York University. She also writes a biweekly advice column for Metro Newspapers and blogs for Psychology Today.

Ms. Schneiderman has been writing professionally for the past 20 years, authoring stories on such topics as addiction, grief, autism, career issues, and spiritual counseling. Visit her online at http://www.stepoutofyourstory.com.

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What’s new this month?

July 8, 2015

JuliaMcCutchen_darkpurple150Hi Conscious & Creative Writers!

What a rollercoaster ride the path to publication is! And with just two months to go before my new book is published, it’s the main focus of my creative flow right now.

The intensity of this pre-launch phase involves: finalizing design features, checking proofs and illustrations, creating the content for the journal and audio CD which go with the book, preparing video content, writing copy for new web pages and more, including all my regular work of course – phew!

My yoga / spiritual practice supports me to maintain stillness and space at my core whilst engaging in all of this creative activity; yet there are moments when I just need to walk away from it all and immerse myself in nature.

This is the reality of being an author today!

It’s so different from the writing phase; yet when we pour our heart and soul onto the page, naturally we’re committed to ensuring our work is beautifully presented and reaches the widest possible audience.

Next month we have some pre-launch goodies to share with you, and thank you in advance for understanding that you’ll be hearing from me more often than usual throughout August as we gear up for the 7 September publication date!

In the meantime, I’m honouring my commitment to offer Individually Guided Retreats again this year during October and November although my schedule only allows for 3 places. These will be individually arranged but we need to book them in now to reserve the space! Read more here.

Finally, I’m sharing another extract from my book this month. It comes from Part 2 which is all about Diving in to Creative Flow. I hope you enjoy it and please take a moment to share your reaction to reading it. Thank you.

I’m looking forward to being in touch again next month when we’ll be in full pre-launch mode – exciting!

To your conscious & creative success!

PS This “Welcome” note is reproduced from the latest issue of the monthly IACCW Journal. If you’re not receiving our newsletter regularly, register with your name and email address in the Start Here box at the top of this page.

Filed under: IACCW News — Julia @ 8:34 am

5 Ways to Live the Questions of Creative Enquiry

July 6, 2015

question-479660_350I am delighted to introduce this extract from my new book ‘Conscious Writing: Discover Your True Voice through Mindfulness and More’ published by Hay House on 7 September. Enjoy!

Connecting to our creative core is an essential component of Conscious Writing and requires us to cross the invisible threshold that separates the comfort of what we know from the uncertainty of all we don’t.

When we have the courage to let go of certainties and face the mystery fearlessly we are led directly into the unchartered waters of infinite creative potential.

Yet embracing ‘not knowing’ at the level of the everyday mind provides many of us with a real challenge. We have largely been taught that ‘knowing’ and knowledge are highly prized whereas ‘not knowing’ and ignorance are to be avoided by applying ourselves diligently to learning.

So how do we release the feeling that we should know in order for a deeper level of Knowing to arise? How do we engage consciously with the mystery and become a co-creator with it?

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IACCW Member Event: Shine on Social Media as a Conscious Writer

July 2, 2015

Julia McCutchen interviews Katie Brockhurst KatieBrockhurst_250
on Thursday 9th July

As a creative writer social media is one of the best places for you to connect directly with your readers. But how do you find your authentic social media style?

In this interview for those new to social media as well as more experienced users, you’ll learn ways to simplify, organise and automate your social media content, and how to:

  • Understand your goals for social media so you can create an actionable social media cross-platform strategy that works for you as a creative writer.
  • Produce authentic content quickly & easily in a way that feels good to you.
  • Re-purpose and recycle your content.
  • Understand insights so you can create a simple editorial plan that will make you and your content shine.
  • Find out the best times to post and right formats to post for YOUR audience.
  • Understand the Facebook Edge Rank algorithm so your posts have more chance of getting seen.
  • Give you the confidence and know-how to create your own images & great graphics (as social media IS visual).
  • Save bundles of time using scheduling tools and by planning ahead.
  • Unblock any social media paralysis you might have.

Katie ‘Kdot’ Brockhurst delivers social media platform management, strategy, consultancy and coaching to a wide range of clients. Working with popstars to Princesses’, with Duchesses’ to DJ’s, Katie also delivers campaigns for O2, Penguin and Harper Collins. She specialises in working with authors and brands within the self development industry and works closely with Hay House UK. For more information see www.kdotonline.com

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Our monthly events are FREE to all IACCW Members. Listen in live to our in-depth interviews and training calls AND receive access to the audio recordings PLUS all the other Benefits of IACCW Membership. Join as a FREE or FULL Member today! To read more and join, click here.

Summer Solstice Inspiration for Conscious & Creative Writers

June 21, 2015

sunrise-165094_640Whatever is dreamed on this night,
will come to pass.’

William Shakespeare
A Midsummernight’s Dream

Conscious Writers nurture their dreams
and notice the insights
reflected into waking awareness
which guide their next creative steps.

To your conscious & creative success!

                 

               PS Share your comments below here.

Filed under: inspiration — Julia @ 8:00 am

A Genuine Expression of My Creative Core

June 2, 2015

sun-581299_350I am delighted to introduce this extract from my new book ‘Conscious Writing: Discover Your True Voice Through Mindfulness and More’ to be published by Hay House on 7 SEPTEMBER. This will give you a flavour of the ‘Personal Reflections’ section at the end of the book. I wrote these pieces to share my own experiences of the contents of each chapter and to include the challenges I’ve faced and their ultimate resolution. Enjoy!

I am like the seed cracked open by the cold, dark winter whose harsh bite cuts through the closed form that contains the full potential and creates the gap through which life pours.

The literal crack on the crown of my head from a falling stage spotlight dismantles my everyday shell in an instant, yet my journey through the ensuing darkness seems to last an eternity.

The initial glimpse of grace becomes lost in the uncertainty as my body, mind and emotions struggle to surface from the void. I am completely undone. All I can do is breathe.

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Filed under: Articles — Tags: , , , , , , — Julia @ 11:04 am

2015 Conscious Writing Retreat Photos and Feedback

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‘A magnificent treat!
Delightful, nurturing, informative on every level.
A space where magic happened!’

‘Amazing, an over-used word, but true.
Such a richness of shared experience.
I had not expected the major breakthrough I received!’

‘Stunning!’

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‘Beyond expectations and absolutely wonderful!’

‘An incredibly restorative, spiritual, healing and creative experience.’

‘It has been truly profound for me and opened up my creative channels,
put me back in my body and inspired me to write from my true authentic voice.’

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IACCW Member Event: How to Discover Your Authentic Wild Voice as a Conscious Writer

May 28, 2015

Julia McCutchen interviews Judy Reeves JudyReeves150
on Thursday 4th June

As its name implies, wild voice is untamed and unbounded. It goes deep, like roots. Wild voice is what gives a writer the sentence or phrase that seems to come out of nowhere.

We’ll discuss the concept of “wild voice” and how writers can access that voice to give expression to stories, memories, thoughts, and feelings that are often ignored or set aside and how these might be explored for the wisdom they can offer. We’ll also cover:

  • What we mean when we use the word “authentic” in context with creative writing.
  • How writing from your authentic wild voice is different than following the directives of writing exercises that focus on the craft of writing.
  • How you can access your authentic wild voice
  • The benefits of writing from the authentic wild voice for Conscious Writers

Judy Reeves is a writer, teacher, and writing practice provocateur who has written four books on writing, including the award-winning A Writer’s Book of Days. She has edited several anthologies and chapbooks, including those born out of her Wild Women writing workshops, which she has led since 1997. In addition to leading private writing groups, Judy teaches at University of California San Diego Extension and San Diego Writers, Ink, a nonprofit literary organization she cofounded. Her website is www.judyreeveswriter.com and she blogs at www.livelymuse.com

Listen in Live & Access the Audio:

Our monthly events are FREE to all IACCW Members. Listen in live to our in-depth interviews and training calls AND receive access to the audio recordings PLUS all the other Benefits of IACCW Membership. Join as a FREE or FULL Member today! To read more and join, click here.

May Inspiration for Conscious & Creative Writers

May 19, 2015

creative_soul+craft300Prepare to Be Creative

‘In order to be creative you have to prepare to be creative. No one can give you your subject matter, your creative content; if they could, it would be their creation and not yours. But there’s a process that generates creativity – and you can learn it. And you can make it habitual.

There’s a paradox in the notion that creativity should be a habit. We think of creativity as a way of keeping everything fresh and new, while habit implies routine and repetition. That paradox intrigues me because it occupies the place where creativity and skill rub up against each other.

It takes skill to bring something you’ve imagined into the world: to use words to create believable lives, to select the colors and textures of paint to represent a haystack at sunset, to combine ingredients to make a flavorful dish. No one is born with that skill. It is developed through exercise, through repetition, through a blend of learning and reflection that’s both painstaking and rewarding. And it takes time… If art is the bridge between what you see in your mind and what the world sees, then skill is how you build that bridge.’

Twyla Tharp, The Creative Habit

Conscious Writers combine soul and craft.
Where do you need to place more emphasis at this time?

To your conscious & creative success!

PS Please take a moment to add your comments below here.

Filed under: inspiration — Tags: , , , , — Julia @ 4:15 pm

What’s new this month?

May 6, 2015

JuliaMcCutchen_darkpurple150Hi Conscious & Creative Writers

May is one of my favourite months of the year. The vibrant landscape shimmers with new life and the delicate blossom scintillates against the backdrop of a myriad shades of green.

Nature responds effortlessly to the increased light and warmer days. As Conscious Writers, we have the same opportunity to pour forth our creative offerings when the right conditions are present.

This month, here at the IACCW we are focused on the forthcoming Conscious Writing Retreat which has been created to offer you the optimum environment for cultivating your creative ideas and developing your conscious writing projects.

It’s taking place from 22 – 25 May over a luxurious long weekend in the sacred landscape of Glastonbury, and we have just a few places left! Read more here.

We are also delighted to share in this month’s newsletter an extract from a new book The Calm Center by Steve Taylor which is an exquisite example of Conscious Writing. It has been described by Eckhart Tolle as a book that will ‘awaken you to the spiritual dimension.’ Read it here.

Finally, there is still time to benefit from the special discount that Hay House is offering to ALL IACCW Members on tickets for their highly acclaimed Writer’s Workshop event in London on 16 & 17 May. Read more here.

Have a wonderfully conscious and creative month!

PS This “Welcome” note is reproduced from the latest issue of the monthly IACCW Journal. If you’re not receiving our newsletter regularly, register with your name and email address in the Start Here box at the top of this page.

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