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IACCW Member Event: The Way of Story

November 29, 2018

Julia McCutchen interviews Catherine Ann Jones

The Way of Story offers an integrative approach to writing narrative, combining solid craft with experiential inner discovery. Craft alone is not enough. To guarantee a good story, craft has to be combined with the intangible inner dimensions of writing.

Writers of all levels and all narrative forms – fiction, non-fiction, plays, screenplays, stories, novels, and memoir – will benefit from understanding the way of story. In this insightful interview, Catherine Ann Jones will reveal how to:

  • understand and use the seven steps to story structure
  • create memorable characters and effective dialogue
  • establish your theme and track the story through-line
  • balance your writing craft with your intuitive skills
  • invite the “invisibles” and free the story within you
  • write the story outline as a successful marketing tool
  • apply story techniques for all levels and all story genres

“Catherine Ann Jones is in possession of a powerful talent … nothing is more rare in my opinion.” Norman Mailer

Catherine Ann Jones, an award-winning playwright, Hollywood screenwriter and writer for the popular TV series, Touched by an Angel. A Fulbright Scholar to India studying shamanism, graduate of Pacifica Graduate Institute, author of The Way of Story, she teaches worldwide. For more information, visit www.wayofstory.com

FREE ACCESS on the Broadcast Date of
THURSDAY 6 DECEMBER

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Filed under: IACCW Events — Julia @ 9:30 am

What’s new this month?

November 15, 2018

Hi Conscious Writers

In a few days time Mercury will begin a retrograde period (17 Nov to 6 Dec) which typically means that communications, technology and travel (amongst other things) may be disrupted.

There’s a great deal more to this recurring phase than is relevant to share here; however, if you want to learn more, searching for “Mercury retrograde” brings up over 6.5 million results!

In short, for a week or so before, during and after these times, it’s probably best to avoid launching anything new, making important decisions or signing a significant contract, especially if it’s related to communications.

Align with the Energy

However, you can align yourself with the energy of Mercury retrograde in a positive way and embrace it as a time to slow down, make genuinely conscious choices, and review what’s truly important for you.

I’m mentioning all of this because last week we experienced a number of issues relating to technology and communications which had an impact on all kinds of priorities including delaying the IACCW journal newsletter.

Fortunately we track the periods of Mercury retrograde so we were aware of the “big picture” influencing our situation which enabled us to take it in our stride and calmly (most of the time!) work towards resolution.

Focus on the Opportunities

Hopefully that will be it for our challenges this time around.

However, we’ll remain vigilant going forwards and from the state of being grounded in the present moment, focus on releasing all that belongs to yesterday and reflecting on new possibilities for tomorrow.

If you feel that releasing limiting beliefs around your writing might be beneficial, this month’s interview will guide you to do so using Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) and the feature article will support you through writing an Unsent Letter.

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.

Filed under: IACCW News — Julia @ 9:11 am

5 Reasons to Write a Letter You Don’t Send

November 13, 2018

Free writing in a journal has played a significant role on and off for most of my life so I know just how beneficial it is for processing thoughts and feelings, clearing internal space, and more.

My personal experience led me to include Conscious Journaling in my professional work as one of the foundational practices of Conscious Writing.

Yet it wasn’t until relatively recently that I discovered a magnificent array of journal techniques to suit all types of people in all sorts of situations.

Journal Therapy

Kathleen (Kay) Adams is a psychotherapist who specializes in “helping people use personal writing – journals, diaries, poetry, memoirs, and stories – as a pathway to deeper self-understanding.”(*)

She calls this “journal therapy” which she defines as “the purposeful and intentional use of life-based writing to further [desired] outcomes.”(*) It’s an approach she’s been using professionally since 1985.

In 1998, Adams combined a continuum of journal therapy techniques that she’d been using successfully with her patients into one model she called the Journal Ladder.

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IACCW Member Event: Transform Your Beliefs as a Conscious Writer using Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)

November 1, 2018

Julia McCutchen interviews Kate Marillat

Are your beliefs about success, failure or exposure keeping you from the page? Do you believe your work is ‘good enough?’ Is writing ‘hard’ work or do you believe it can be easy?

Using the widely accepted and scientifically proven energy psychology modality, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT/Tapping) it is possible to dissolve any negative emotions and trace them back to when this reaction and belief was first imprinted.

In this interview, Kate Marillat will take you on an interactive journey to discover how your beliefs are shaping your relationship with writing, and more importantly, discover how you can transform them using EFT.

You will learn:

  • Why your beliefs are so important & how you formed them from past experiences
  • How the emotional impact of your beliefs could be hindering your writing success
  • Your emotional reaction to your writing identity
  • How EFT can help you regain control of your emotional reactions and be as creativity productive as possible.
  • How to use basic EFT; Kate will guide you through an interactive EFT sequence so you can experience this life-changing technique first hand and use it for times of creative overwhelm, writer’s block and even manifesting literary success.

Kate Marillat is an author, coach, EFT trainer, and all round motivator. Her first non-fiction book Transform Your Beliefs, Transform Your Life EFT Tapping using Matrix Reimprinting was published by Hay House.  She combines her expert knowledge of EFT and creativity to ease people into a state of flow and attract the success they deserve. Read more at www.katemarillat.com

FREE ACCESS on the Broadcast Date of
THURSDAY 8 NOVEMBER

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Filed under: IACCW Events — Julia @ 9:22 am

Conscious Writing, Living and Leadership Individual Retreats

October 18, 2018

Conscious Writing, Living and Leadership
Individual Retreats

October 2018 to January 2019

Claim your right to time and space away from your regular commitments
to take a quantum leap on your journey to write, create and explore
your deepest calling to live and lead with heart and soul.

Are you feeling called to write a blog or a book, launch or develop your business and/or step into your true power and purpose through conscious leadership in your life and work?

If so, this opportunity to focus on developing your ideas for your chosen priorities working one to one with my intuitive guidance and support may be just what you need to cross the threshold you’re facing.

The Individual Retreats are tailored to suit your specific requirements and availability, and take place in Somerset, south west England. They include a mix of guided sessions and personal time for you to reflect, create, write and apply your insights and realizations.

We start wherever you currently are, and by the end you’ll be crystal clear about your vision, direction, priorities and next steps.

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Filed under: Conscious Writing Retreats — Tags: , , , , , — Julia @ 9:13 am

What’s new this month?

October 13, 2018

Hi Conscious Writers!

I love how fast transformation can be when the foundations of conscious practice are solidly in place!

Over the last few weeks I’ve experienced a profound inner shift that has brought me to a new level of internal alignment; always being, always becoming!

I’m currently on a mini sabbatical from creating major new projects and the simplified focus alongside the increased breathing space feels deeply liberating.

Core Passion and Purpose

Yes, there are some new ideas percolating as well as fresh versions of possibilities I’ve been exploring on and off for a while.

However, I’m not rushing forwards with any of them; instead I’m enjoying the process of allowing the creative sparks to catch light – or not, as the case may be – in their own good time.

All of this is feeding delightfully into the areas I am consciously choosing to continue with – my core passion and purpose expressed in my work through coaching, mentoring, writing my weekly blog and leading retreats.

Conscious Writing, Living and Leadership

I mentioned last month that I always offer Individual Retreats during the autumn and winter months for existing and new clients, and this year, the scope has expanded to include Conscious Writing, Living and Leadership.

Previously I’ve just had an Information Pack available to send to anyone who’s interested.

Today, I’m happy to share that the information is now live on the Julia McCutchen website for you to check out. Read more and click through for full details here.

I’m also gearing up for the Conscious Writing Retreat Reunion in November after which the end of the year will be upon us and 2019 will be just around the corner!

This Month

The IACCW Interview this month is on a question of perennial interest to writers, Do You Need a Literary Agent?

And the Feature Article is about another key area of importance to you as a Conscious Writer – Authenticity for Authors. Enjoy listening and reading…

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.

Filed under: IACCW News — Julia @ 2:30 pm

Authenticity for Authors

October 12, 2018

A couple of weeks ago I attended a book launch organised by a friend and colleague whose book has just been published.

However it wasn’t billed as a launch at all.

Instead I was invited to a Book Blessing, and everything about the celebration sang a song of authentic choices for how this book would be birthed into the world.

I loved it!

Authenticity at Every Level

The teaching that fills the pages of the book and the voice that shines through are perfumed with a level of authenticity that comes from having the courage to stand firmly in your truth come what may.

The same degree of individual preference is apparent from the professional independent publishing option selected and the approach to marketing that’s already successfully spreading the word far and wide.

Clearly the received wisdom of what “should” be done at each stage of the writing and publishing process has been dissolved into what feels truly authentic at every single level for this particular author.

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Filed under: Articles — Tags: , , , , , , — Julia @ 9:06 am

IACCW Member Event: Do You Need a Literary Agent?

October 4, 2018

Julia McCutchen interviews Susan Mears

Over the last few years, the world of publishing has changed dramatically. A whole range of publishing solutions are now available for writers who feel inspired to share their ideas, insights and stories with the world at large.

In this interview, experienced literary agent Susan Mears will bring you up-to-date with the latest developments in publishing and explain:

  • How to decide on self-publishing or traditional publishing for your book(s)
  • What level of marketing is right for you whichever publishing option you choose
  • If you need a literary agent and what the benefits are from working with one
  • How to find and approach an agent professionally and with confidence
  • How the market is evolving and what to focus on to succeed as an author today

Susan Mears trained in publishing at Random House and worked as a Senior Editor in three other publishers before founding the Susan Mears Literary Agency in 1993. Since then she has worked internationally representing her authors to the major publishing houses and also to her extensive contacts in the fields of film and television. For more information visit www.susanmears.com

FREE ACCESS on the Broadcast Date of
THURSDAY 11 OCTOBER

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Filed under: IACCW Events — Julia @ 9:17 am

What’s new this month?

September 10, 2018

Hi Conscious Writers!

I hope all’s well with you and that you’re enjoying a creatively inspired week so far.

I recently wrote a blog called “A Conscious Approach to Creative Growth and Development” and shared some of my realizations from the transition I made earlier this year relating to leading a Conscious Writing retreat at the Omega Institute.

At the end of the post I stated, “If things don’t work out for any reason, I’ll still have grown from the experience in preparation for whatever arises next. And that’s all fine with me.”

Walking Your Talk

Isn’t it fascinating how life so often provides you with the opportunity to “walk your talk” at ever deeper levels!

I’ve recently discovered that the retreat won’t be going ahead after all as the interest people have shown hasn’t translated into sufficient registrations to meet the official criteria for me to travel all the way from the UK.

So yes, initially I felt confused and disappointed by this outcome as I was very much looking forward to sharing this holistic experience with a whole new audience.

Divine Plan

However, I’m also in full acceptance of what “is” and totally trust the Divine Plan even though this part of it is still in the process of being revealed to me!

Remaining grounded in awareness and the perspective of infinity has opened up a whole new level of being that is revealing significant insights which I’m called to explore right now.

Ironically I feel completely on track despite this being an outcome I hadn’t anticipated, and I have no doubt that everything is working out for the highest good of all.

Conscious Writing, Living and Leadership

So I’m consciously choosing to use this gift of unexpected space to pause for a period of inner reflection, and after nearly 12 years of flowing from one new project to the next, the breathing space feels extremely welcome.

Naturally I’m continuing with the individual coaching and mentoring work I love, and as always at this time of year, I’m offering Individually Guided Retreats focused on Conscious Writing, Living and Leadership. Request an Information Pack here.

I’m also still very much looking forward to the Conscious Writing Retreat Reunion in November and delighted to share another wonderful interview with you on Content Marketing for Conscious Writers plus of course the feature article which I hope you’ll enjoy.

Beyond that… well, watch this space!

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 @ 9:00 am

5 Reasons to Write a Letter You Don’t Send

September 6, 2018

Free writing in a journal has played a significant role on and off for most of my life so I know just how beneficial it is for processing thoughts and feelings, clearing internal space, and more.

My personal experience led me to include Conscious Journaling in my professional work as one of the foundational practices of Conscious Writing.

Yet it wasn’t until relatively recently that I discovered a magnificent array of journal techniques to suit all types of people in all sorts of situations.

Journal Therapy

Kathleen (Kay) Adams is a psychotherapist who specializes in “helping people use personal writing – journals, diaries, poetry, memoirs, and stories – as a pathway to deeper self-understanding.”(*)

She calls this “journal therapy” which she defines as “the purposeful and intentional use of life-based writing to further [desired] outcomes.”(*) It’s an approach she’s been using professionally since 1985.

Her work was originally informed by Dr. James Pennebaker who conducted and published research on the relationship between emotional release writing and improved physiological and psychological functioning.

The Journal Ladder

In 1998, Adams combined a continuum of journal therapy techniques that she’d been using successfully with her patients into one model she called the Journal Ladder.

It presents 14 different journal writing options that range from highly structured to completely open in order to help people organize, pace and contain their writing.

The reality is that free writing doesn’t suit all situations, so the Journal Ladder enables everyone to enjoy the proven therapeutic benefits of journal writing and the boost it gives to creativity.

I love the way that writing serves such a broad spectrum of purposes and feel inspired to share some of these tools with you

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