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IACCW Member Event: Show Don’t Tell: How Conscious Writers Can Bring the Page to Life

January 29, 2015

Julia McCutchen interviews William Noble WilliamNoble250
on Thursday 5 February

Showing offers images, presents a picture, provides a scene where things happen, characters interact and the story moves forward. Telling explains and lectures about what’s being shown, and when this happens, story progress comes to a halt. Images dry up, characters turn wooden, and the audience grows restless.

In the interview, we’ll touch on numerous ways a creative writer can “show” so the reader can see or hear images sparked by words on the page. It works the same with nonfiction as with fiction, with memoir or biography as with a novel or short story. The writer portrays or “shows,” and the reader sees and hears. We’ll discuss:

  • opening a piece of writing so you “hook” the reader
  • developing tension through conflict
  • creating immediacy so “you are there!”
  • valuing similes and metaphors
  • advancing the story though dialogue
  • appealing to and using the senses

William Noble has been called a “writer’s writer” because of his numerous books which explore the conscious elements of writing creatively. In all, he’s the author or co-author of twenty-three nonfiction books and hundreds of shorter works of fiction and nonfiction in such diverse publications as Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine and Salon.com. A practicing attorney for seven years, he gave up the law to devote full time to writing and teaching; since 1997, his biography has appeared in Who’s Who In America. For more information, see: www.williamparkernoble.com

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January Inspiration for Conscious & Creative Writers

January 27, 2015

road-368719_640“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.

The secret to getting started is

breaking your complex overwhelming tasks

into small manageable tasks

and then starting on the first one.”

Mark Twain

Conscious Writers know that the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step,
and this moment in time will always be
the perfect Now for getting started
on the journey to completion.

               To your conscious & creative success!

                    Juliasig300dpi

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

PPS Early bird tickets for the Conscious Writing Retreat
Friday 22 to Monday 25 May 2015 are on sale Now!
Read more and book yours here.

Filed under: inspiration — Julia @ 1:16 pm

What’s new this month?

January 7, 2015

JuliaMcCutchen_darkpurple150Hi Conscious & Creative Writers!

Happy New Year! I hope that you had a joyful festive season and are feeling recharged for all that 2015 has in store for you.

A new year offers us an excellent opportunity for a fresh start. As the old year completes, a new phase of life begins.

When we are present to the possibilities, we can make conscious choices about the components we want to include in our lives, and let go of those which no longer serve us.

What will you write into this next chapter of your life?

As Conscious Writers, we work towards carving out time and space to follow our heart and fulfill our creative dreams through bringing our book and blog ideas to life.

This will not happen from pushing ourselves to do more in less time. It comes from consciously choosing our priorities and following through by taking action.

Here at the IACCW, we are committed to supporting you to realize your full conscious and creative potential, so we have two main offerings for you over the next couple of months:

1. Conscious Writing Retreat – 22 to 25 May

We will be announcing all the details and releasing Early Bird tickets soon so keep an eye on your inbox for our announcement!

2. Conscious Writing Scholarship

Applications for our 3rd annual scholarship which offers FREE and discounted places for the six month Mentoring Series will open during February. More details in next month’s IACCW Journal.

Whatever decisions you make about your priorities this year, I urge you to make them consciously and with your own creative requirements at the top of your list.

Here’s to a wonderfully conscious & creative year for us all!

Juliasig300dpi

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 @ 8:30 am

7 Timeless Tips for Conscious Writing Success

January 5, 2015

electricity-505869_640A few years ago I wrote an article on how to create a New Year strategy for success and inject a fresh burst of energy into your plans for writing and publishing your book. We republished it last year and received a positive reaction from writers who found it inspiring and helpful.

This year, while my focus is on completing the writing of my new book ready for delivery to Hay House in February, I’ve decided to share these timeless tips with you one more time.

So if you’re ready to follow through on your impulse to write what you are here to write in 2015, bring these tips to life by taking action within the next seven days. Then keep the momentum going by connecting with other Conscious Writers who are doing the same. Enjoy!

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IACCW Member Event: Writing to Awaken: Self-Realization for Conscious Writers

January 1, 2015

Julia McCutchen interviews Mark MatousekMarkMatousek150
on Thursday 8 January

In this talk, we’ll investigate the mysterious connection between the person we believe ourselves to be and the internal witness who sees beyond the conscious mind into the secrets of our hearts.

By putting our feelings down on paper, and learning to shape life’s raw materials into art, we discover that our challenges are also our greatest sources of wisdom, and that even our darkest (or most unexpected) interludes carry within them the seeds of redemption.

You will learn how to: 

  • tell “the untold story”, and use beginner’s mind as a point of departure in storytelling
  • recognize the interplay of fear and desire in the writing life
  • use self-inquiry — the question Who Am I? — as a doorway to awareness, creativity, and personal power
  • use epiphany, wonder, and awe as brightening agents in our work
  • use writing as a spiritual practice that awakens us from our life myths

Mark Matousek is the author of two award-winning memoirs and three other successful non-fiction books. He is a featured blogger for Psychology Today, Huffington Post, and has contributed to numerous publications including The New Yorker, O: The Oprah Magazine (contributing editor), The New York Times Magazine, and many others. A popular lecturer and writing teacher, he is on the faculty of the New York Open Center, The Omega Institute, Esalen and more. His latest book is Ethical Wisdom for Friends. For more information see www.markmatousek.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.

Winter Solstice Inspiration for Conscious & Creative Writers

December 21, 2014

snow-383875_640“In the depth of winter
I finally learned that there
within me lay an
invincible summer.”

Albert Camus

Conscious Writers dive in to the darkness of winter
and return to shine the light of summer in the world
through their words and actions throughout the year.

To your conscious & creative success!
Juliasig300dpi

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

PPS Early bird tickets for the Conscious Writing Retreat
Friday 22 to Monday 25 May 2015
on sale in January!

 

Filed under: inspiration — Julia @ 8:00 am

Hay House to publish my new book!

December 10, 2014

HHLogoI am delighted to share that I’ve recently signed a contract with the wonderful Hay House UK for my new book Conscious Writing: How to Write from the Heart with the Voice of Your Soul which will be published in September 2015.

I’m thrilled to partner with one of the most innovative independent publishers around, and I’m looking forward to an exciting year of authorship – and more – ahead!

Roll on 2015 :-)

Juliasig300dpi

 

Filed under: IACCW Announcements — Tags: , , , , , , , — Julia @ 3:49 pm

What’s new this month?

JuliaMcCutchen_darkpurple150Hi Conscious & Creative Writers!

It’s a cold and frosty December morning as I write this last newsletter for 2014. The winter sunshine is pouring through the window and I feel inspired to reflect on the year as it draws to a close.

Conscious Writing Retreat

In January we opened the doors to the first group Conscious Writing Retreat which took place at the end of May. Places sold out within a matter of weeks and the response from participants was phenomenal! I fell in love with leading retreats so we’re offering the same experience next year. Early Bird tickets will be available in January.

Scholarship

In February we offered the 2nd Conscious Writing Scholarship and three writers were awarded free and discounted places for six months of mentoring. I am humbled by the outstanding progress that has been made, and we will be offering this opportunity again in 2015.

Events

Each month we have shared wisdom and insight on conscious & creative topics from a range of fabulous speakers for our Member Events. We have continued to grow our international membership and our favourite conversations will become the “Best of 2014 Interviews” audio CD collection.

Conscious Writing Community

We also re-launched the IACCW Facebook page and are continuing to post regular tips and inspiration to build and support of our Conscious Writing community. Please join us there and “Like” the page if you haven’t already. We love connecting with you directly and warmly welcome your posts and comments!

Individually Guided Retreats

These were created for writers who prefer one to one guidance and individually tailored coaching support. The incredible benefits of this deep immersion away from the usual commitments of everyday life were richly rewarding for all concerned.

Personal Progress

The contribution I make through all of our IACCW offerings arises from my personal practice. As a result, this year my work has reached a whole new level. Hay House will be publishing my new book called Conscious Writing: How to Write from the Heart with the Voice of Your Soul in September 2015. I am delighted to be partnering with such an innovative publisher to spread the word about this holistic approach to deep creative writing.

I am also honoured to have been named by WE Magazine as one of the Top 100 Women in Ecommerce Class of 2014. It didn’t occur to me that I would ever see my face on the cover of a magazine but it just goes to show that you never know what’s around the next corner when you commit to living your truth!

There are always challenges along the way, yet being fully present to all that is, shows us the way to remain in integrity and take skilful action.

On that note, I wish you a fabulous festive season and will look forward to catching up with you again in 2015!

Juliasig300dpi
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.

A Conscious Approach to the 5 Stages of Writing

December 8, 2014

five-elementsOpinions vary regarding the number of stages involved in the process of writing and range from three to a dozen depending on the way the contents of each stage are distributed.

In Conscious Writing we place a great deal of emphasis on the importance of inner preparation before any outer action is taken so it is no surprise to discover that this is the first of five stages we go through as Conscious Writers:

  1. Preparation
  2. Inspiration
  3. First draft
  4. Refine and revise
  5. Edit and complete

These stages do not necessarily follow a neat linear progression. The initial preparation leads to inspiration and first draft writing although during the early phases of inspiration we may dip regularly back into preparation before a single word meets the page.

The first draft will always require refinement and revision yet this may end up being more of a dance to and fro than a clear cut boundary between one and the other. A great deal depends on the nature of the content, the relationship we have with it, and discovering our optimum way of working.

For our purposes here, exploring each stage in the typical order enables us to appreciate the subtlety and detail of the creative framework as well as the potential contribution a conscious approach can make.

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What an honour!

JuliaMcCutchenCoverSmall_squarecropWhat a honour to be named by WE Magazine as one of the Top 100 Women in Ecommerce Class of 2014!

It didn’t occur to me that I would ever see my face on the cover of a magazine but it just goes to show that you never know what’s around the next corner when you commit to living your truth!

WhosWho2014250X250I’m delighted to share the link to the magazine here, so if you’d like to check out the other 99 women plus a range of interesting articles – click here

Filed under: IACCW News — Julia @ 12:44 pm
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