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July 6, 2016

Julia McCutchenHi Conscious & Creative Writers!

What an amazing experience we all had at the sold out Conscious Writing Retreat a few weeks ago!

Powerful from the start, the transformative energy rippled through each and every one of us. Immersion in the tools and techniques of conscious writing and creative living led to comments such as this:

‘A pristine space to give birth to new creations; an inspiring space to envision; a safe space to reflect; a loving space to connect.’
Kelley Osborne, writer, teacher and healer.

If you’d like to see some retreat photos, check out this blog post here.

Centre Stage

Following a short break to recharge after the retreat, the creative impulse continues to flow through me and has led to a strong inclination for a new creation to take centre stage now.

Originally I intended to offer the Mentoring Scholarship again this year. However, it seems like the ‘universe’ has other plans for me as my intuition is definitely nudging me towards creating a Conscious Writing Online Class.

Given the international nature of the IACCW membership and geographical restrictions that are a fact of life for many people, I’m inspired to share this holistic approach to discovering and expressing your true voice through a series of online classes.

Watch this space for more information coming soon and register for advance information here. You might also like to check out this month’s FREE and FULL Member Event on the same topic here.

Transitions and Transformation

In the meantime, you may remember that last month I shared a recent ‘aha’ moment of realization that all the people I work with are either on the brink or in the middle of some kind of transition. These relate to their process of self-discovery, creative unfolding, writing aspirations, and more.

As usual, I’ve dived straight in to explore that topic and written an article for the current issue of Aspire magazine called Conscious & Creative Self-Care for Women in Transition. It’s already triggered a positive response which is very rewarding – for more on that, see here.

If you enjoy reading it, do please post a comment at the end. It makes all the difference in the world to know your reaction to my creative offerings, and thank you in advance for your understanding and action!

Till next 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 @ 9:30 am

5 Ways to Cultivate a Creative Mindset as a Conscious Writer

July 5, 2016

artwork-1443191_640As writers, we all know how important it is to hone the skills of our craft. However sharply we pitch our work to magazine editors, agents or publishers, the words on the page are ultimately where the rubber meets the road.

Yet as Conscious Writers, we also discover the unquantifiable value of cultivating a creative mindset.

This includes both the thoughts and feelings we have about ourselves as writers and the value of our writing.

Both have a significant impact on the success we experience, however we choose to define that. In fact, unless we have our creative mindset fully charged, our words may never reach the page at all!

The bottom line is that our thoughts and feelings need to be in alignment to free up the deepest levels of creative expression. When we think about writing but doubt the worth of our ability or the validity of our contribution, it doesn’t take long for our creative impulse to dry up.

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Conscious Writing Retreat Photos

CW_RETREAT2016_GROUP_cropped750What an amazing experience we all had at the sold out Conscious Writing Retreat a few weeks ago!

Powerful from the start, the transformative energy rippled through each and every
one of us.

Immersion in the tools and techniques of conscious writing and creative living led to comments such as this:

  • ‘A pristine space to give birth to new creations; an inspiring space to envision; a safe space to reflect; a loving space to connect.’ Kelley Osborne, writer, teacher and healer www.yogatreeoflife.co.uk
  • ‘I took a journey back to myself – a coming home. I feel restored and positive about what is possible now for my writing and my life. I came with an open mind; I left with a happy heart.’ Louise Hatch, writer and business woman www.louisehatch.com
  • ‘Relaxing, joyful, expansive, creative and insightful!’ Claire Taylor, business storytelling consultant/trainer www.thestorymill.co.uk and www.deliciouslynourishing.com

Click the ‘more’ button to see more photos!

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IACCW Member Event: How to Craft Compelling Online Courses from Your Creative Content

June 30, 2016

Julia McCutchen interviews Mark MatousekMarkMatousek_250
on 7th July

Most of us who write understand that earning an abundant living exclusively from writing books is the exception rather than the rule. This is the case even when our books are published and promoted by traditional publishers (or not as the case may be!) and we’re actively engaged in building our platform to connect directly with our readers.

The reality is that the bulk of our income as authors is likely to come from the related activities we create to share our ideas, insights and stories. There are multiple possibilities for doing so such as speaking engagements, leading workshops and retreats, offering mentoring and more.

One of the most popular options today, particularly for appealing to an international audience, is to develop online courses – taught live and through audio or video – to share the material from any body of work we’ve created, including books.

In this session, you’ll learn how to:

  • See your content with fresh eyes and understand what participants will need
  • Extract material from what you already have and add practical details to craft your course
  • Turn one book or body of work into several different online courses
  • Identify the best way to teach your course – live and/or through video and audio
  • Decide whether to offer your course exclusively to your own audience or partner with others for a broader reach

Mark Matousek is the award-winning author of five books, a featured blogger for Psychology Today, Purple Clover, and Huffington Post, and contributor to numerous anthologies and 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, The Mandala Center, Kripalu, and Esalen, amongst others, and is the Creative Director of V-Men (with Eve Ensler), an organization devoted to ending violence against women and girls. His latest book is Ethical Wisdom for Friends. For more information see www.markmatousek.com

What’s new this month?

May 31, 2016

Julia McCutchenHi Conscious & Creative Writers!

I hope that all’s well with you and that you’re successfully navigating whatever transitions are taking place within you and in your life right now.

I recently had an “aha” moment of realization that all the people I work with are either on the brink or in the middle of some kind of transition. These relate to their process of self-discovery, creative unfolding, writing aspirations, and more.

Identifying this immediately made complete sense as it’s a reflection of my own journey following a life changing accident 17 years ago which triggered a series of major transitions for me on the path of deep transformation.

Internal Focus + External Guidance

When we’re in transition, although the primary focus is internal, the right kind of external guidance that is aligned with Truth opens up a whole new space for us to find our way forwards with a fresh perspective.

Quantum leaps become possible and we gradually discover a new way of being that is increasingly congruent with our true nature. Finding our true calling as writers and in life naturally arises from this process.

Tough those these transitions often are, it’s an amazingly creative approach to life that is filled with delightful surprises, and ultimately a true sense of freedom and fulfillment!

Two Opportunities

The reason I’m sharing this with you today (and also why our June newsletter is being published a day early) is that there are two opportunities for external guidance currently available but only for a short time. So I’m inspired to let you know about them in case they resonate with you at this time:

  • Guidance from 100 bestselling authors, teachers and international experts on all aspects of healing, spirituality, prosperity, relationships and self-empowerment including Deepak Chopra, Marianne Williamson, Julia Cameron (and yours truly!) – Hay House World Summit access deadline tomorrow, WEDNESDAY 1 JUNE. Read more here.
  • Four days away from everyday commitments to focus on deepening your connection to your creative soul, finding your true voice and translating your “right work” into the words of your blog, book, business communications and more at the 2016 Conscious Writing Retreat – booking deadline for the last place is this FRIDAY 3 JUNE. Read more here.

Wherever you are on your journey of transformation through conscious writing and creative living, may your inner unfolding attract the right kind of external guidance to support each and every step you take!

Till next 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.

3 Major Benefits of Immersion Time for Conscious Writers

hourglass-1289782_640Writing a book is a huge commitment of time and energy, especially when we approach it with the intention of writing deeply with full awareness as Conscious Writing invites us to do.

We can only truly appreciate what is involved when we dedicate ourselves to taking action rather than simply mulling it over as a future possibility.

And if we want to avoid our book taking forever to complete, we need to create a regular rhythm that includes a mix of short to medium bursts of daily writing alongside longer stretches of what I call “immersion time”.

This is when we schedule time out from other commitments to dive deeply into our topic and our writing with as few distractions as possible.

Immersion time can be anything from half a day to one, two, three or more days on retreat. Once we transition fully into creative writing mode, most of us would happily continue with it full time!

My own experience of immersion time when I was writing my latest book combined with my work with people at all stages of the creative process, proves the case that choosing to prioritize our writing is a priceless gift. Here’s why …

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IACCW Member Event: A Conscious & Creative Approach to Launching & Marketing Your Blog

May 26, 2016

Julia McCutchen interviews Marianne PestanaMariannePestana_250
on 2nd June

Move from ‘How to Wow’ in developing a blog that follows your conscious path while inspiring your creativity, and your readers!
In this session, you’ll learn:

  • What to think about before launching your blog
  • What platforms are the easiest to use in creating your blog
  • Tools to turn on your creativity
  • How staying heart-centred attracts your tribe online
  • Shifting perspectives to shift your writing world
  • Marketing 101 for the conscious blogger
  • Taking your blog to the next level with heart-centred marketing
  • Shining you light in the world one blog post at a time

Marianne Pestana is the highly acclaimed radio show host of Moments with Marianne on Dreamvisions 7 Radio Network & WMEX 1510AM Boston, heard in over 135 countries with over 800k listeners.  Marianne’s entrepreneur experience, previously as a VP of Sales and currently a highly successful Literary Publicist, Marketing insider and Social Media Strategist for over 13 years, has uniquely equipped her to train and mentor thousands of people worldwide from first time entrepreneurs to high level CEOs and corporations. For more information visit www.MariannePestana.com and www.dreamvisions7radio.com/moments-with-marianne-tm/

 

Filed under: IACCW Events — Julia @ 10:51 am

Hay House World Summit – Series 2 Release

May 12, 2016

Series2_cropped_600Last night I really enjoyed watching one of the movies in the Hay House World Summit Series 1 release called “Who is asking ‘Who am I’” with Eckhart Tolle and Deepak Chopra.

Eckhart has a palpable quality of presence that is felt right through the screen and such an entertaining, quirky yet powerful way of giving us all a resonant experience of all that his words point towards.

Deepak’s delivery is quite different yet compelling and complementary with so many great reminders and insights such as ‘Time is just the movement of thought’ and ‘The unknown becomes known in the present moment’.

Series 2

Series 2 is released TODAY and includes 25 brand new lessons to add to what’s already available, including my contribution on ‘Creative Awakening and Conscious Writing’.  I hope you’ll check it out and let me know what you think in the comments below!

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PS In fact, do please share your reactions below to any of the lessons and movies which are part of the World Summit. TY!

Filed under: IACCW Announcements — Tags: , , , , — Julia @ 8:30 am

What’s new this month?

May 11, 2016

Julia McCutchenHi Conscious & Creative Writers!

I love the month of May. In fact it’s one of my favourite months of the year!

The verdant greens sing their song against the backdrop of clear blue skies and the array of brightly coloured flowers uplift my heart and nourish my soul. Perhaps most of all, I love the palpable vibrancy of life as it pours through the forms of the natural world.

There are other kinds of vibrancy which all have their own gifts to offer us. When we feel a deep sense of excitement and possibility, we’re naturally open to positive change which often leads us to take the next steps in our process of creative self-discovery and authentic self-expression.

Real opportunities for such inspired and joyful transformation are to be cherished. And I’m delighted to share that one of them is currently available for you to enjoy right now!

Hay House World Summit 2016

My publisher has just launched a magnificent online event offering FREE access to 100 lessons from many of the leading lights in the world of healing, spirituality, prosperity, relationships and self-empowerment including Deepak Chopra, Marianne Williamson, Julia Cameron … and yours truly!

I’m honored to be amongst such an inspiring list of leaders in their field, and my interview on Creative Awakening and Conscious Writing will be released on Thursday 12 May and available until Thursday 26 May. I do hope you’ll check it out and let me know your reaction. Read more here.

Also This Month

As work continues with the unfolding transformation I’m currently in process with (more details coming soon!), I’m also harnessing the vibrant energy to bring to our annual Conscious Writing Retreat which is taking place from 10 to 13 June.

We’re now down to the last few single rooms so if you’d like to join us before the Tier 1 tickets are sold out, now is the moment to book your place. Read more here.

I’m also delighted to share with you the details of a new book from one of our recent IACCW speakers, renowned storyteller, author and scholar Michael Meade called The Genius Myth. Read more here.

Finally, if you’re writing a blog (or planning to) and want to learn how to reach more readers, the Free and Full Member interview on 2 June with the delightful Marianne Pestana will explain how. Read more here.

I hope you’ll join us for that, and in the meantime, enjoy a vibrant conscious & creatively productive month with your writing and in all areas of your life.

Till next time

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 @ 2:00 pm

5 Tips for Boosting Your Creative Productivity

May 10, 2016

creativity_tileDo you sometimes feel that you’ve got too many ideas and wonder how you’ll ever get them all done? If so, you’re not alone.

Most creative people work on a number of projects simultaneously. And big projects come together from a whole host of smaller tasks.

Writers often have different types of writing (book, blog, fiction, non-fiction) as well as related tasks (research, reflecting, connecting with readers) all in the mix at once.

However creatively inspired you are, at times it can be challenging to keep all of your creative plates spinning and make progress at a pace that works for you and the projects you are working on.

So it’s important to apply your creative energy consciously so that your essential projects, which may be the most creatively challenging, don’t become sidelined because smaller or less demanding tasks are faster to complete.

Fortunately, experience reveals that certain techniques genuinely make a difference to creative productivity. Here are 5 strategies you can apply straight away that will shift your creative output onto new levels:

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