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IACCW Member Event: Ensouling Language – The Art of Non-Fiction for Conscious Writers

November 30, 2017

Julia McCutchen interviews Stephen Harrod Buhner

Approaching writing as a sacred art, Stephen Buhner explores the core of the craft: the communication of deep meaning that feeds not just the mind but also the soul of the reader. Tapping into the powerful archetypes within language, he shows how to enrich your writing by following “golden threads” of inspiration while understanding the crucial invisibles essential to the art of both fiction and nonfiction.

By the end of this in-depth interview, you will have an appreciation of how to:

  • craft language with feeling and vision, employ altered states of mind to access the writing trance, and clear your work by recognizing the powerful sway of clichéd thinking and hidden baggage
  • intentionally generate duende–that physical/emotional response to art that gives you chills, opens up unrecognized aspects of reality, or simply resonates in your soul
  • infuse your nonfiction, especially how-to and self-help, with the same power and luminosity as great fiction
  • reliably induce the dreaming state from which all great writing comes, and apply the core perceptual tools of analogical thinking and the capacity for deep feeling
  • explore the subtle techniques of powerful writing, from inducing associational dreaming in the reader, to language symmetry, sound patterning, foreshadowing, feeling flow, and more.

Stephen Harrod Buhner is the multiple-award-winning author of 17 works of nonfiction and one of poetry. He is fully supported by his writing and believes that any writer who puts the depths of themselves into their work and learns how to concentrate that luminous essence powerfully into language can do so as well. He lives in New Mexico on the edge of the Gila wilderness where he is involved in working with wild plant ecosystems, ensouling habitation through a long term project with an abandoned adobe warehouse, and music where he is working to capture the power of duende and language in a newly emerging combined medium. For over twenty years he traveled widely throughout the U.S. and the Western European Isles teaching about duende, Earth relationship, and wild plant medicines. For more information, visit www.gaianstudies.org

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IACCW Member Event: Navigating the Seven Stages of Creativity

November 2, 2017

Julia McCutchen interviews David Ulrich

One of the hallmarks of the creative process is readily distinguishable stages of evolution, from conception through completion. Understanding these stages in an experiential manner can help fulfill our creative potential and assist us in deeply serving others through our works.

In this interview, creativity is viewed as a path towards self-realization, a means of opening to the depth mind, a fertile ground for the necessary encounter with our demons and resistances, and a marriage of self with the sources from which our works spring.

You will learn how to:

  • Identify and fully engage the seven stages of creativity
  • Find greater connection to the “writer within,” free of fear and self-limiting inner dialogue.
  • Open to the resonant sources of epiphany and insight, which lie waiting within us all.
  • Use creativity as a means towards self-revealment and greater consciousness of both: the inner and outer worlds.
  • Discover your authentic voice, that which grows from your identity and being
  • Learn techniques for a disciplined approach to craft and for bringing works to fruition and completion.
  • Explore disintegrating your ego and integrating your shadow, and how these dynamics may assist you in growing towards wholeness, authenticity, and fluid creativity—and become a contributory force in the world.

David Ulrich is a photographer and writer. He is the author of The Widening Stream: the Seven Stages of Creativity, and the co-editor of Through Our Eyes: A Photographic View of Hong Kong by its Youth. His work has been published in numerous books and journals including Aperture, Parabola, MANOA, and Sierra Club publications. He is a Consulting Editor to Parabola Magazine and a frequent contributor. Ulrich’s photographs have been exhibited internationally in over seventy-five one-person and group exhibitions nationwide. He is a program coordinator and faculty member of Pacific New Media, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. He is currently finishing a memoir/essay on seeing and visual perception: Longing for Light: Into the Heart of Vision. Visit www.creativeguide.com and www.theslenderthread.org

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IACCW Member Event: Creating Time to Write

September 28, 2017

Julia McCutchen interviews Marney Makridakis

For many writers, time is one of the biggest obstacles to fulfilling their potential. But what if you could mould, craft, and create time to be anything you would like it to be based on the understanding that time is in your hands?

Marney K. Makridakis teaches a pioneering approach to time that goes way beyond time management, and shows how to create time through enlightening ideas, creative perspectives and self-revealing projects to reshape the ways you view, and use, time.

In a dynamic conversation tailored specifically for writers, Marney will introduce her approach to time and explain the practical tools you need to create time for your writing and for enriching the whole spectrum of meaning and purpose in your life.

By the end you will understand:

  • Why traditional time management techniques often don’t work for writers
  • An alternative approach to integrate into our writing – and our whole lives
  • The main challenges that writers have with time
  • Creative, innovative approaches to address these challenges
  • How a new relationship with time can dramatically impact your writing and your life

Marney K. Makridakis is the author of Creating Time: Using Creativity to Reinvent the Clock and Reclaim Your Life. She founded the Artella online community for creators of all kinds and the print magazine Artella. A popular speaker and workshop leader, she created the ARTbundance approach of self-discovery through art. She lives in Dallas, Texas. Visit her online at www.artellaland.com and www.facebook.com/CreatingTime.

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IACCW Member Event: The Inside Story of Independent Publishing

August 31, 2017

Julia McCutchen interviews Michelle Pilley

Independent publishers have always been a strong creative force in the publishing world. Those who are thriving in the market today have developed a different, sustainable way of publishing which has enabled their businesses and their authors to thrive.

Hay House is a shining example of the new face of independent publishing. As a curator of content, they lead the way with a strong commitment to finding creative solutions for one of the key questions facing us all: how to put great books in front of the people who are interested in reading them?

Join us to hear what Hay House UK managing director and publisher Michelle Pilley has to say on:

  • How the book industry has changed in the last five years
  • Where traditional publishers still triumph over self-publishing
  • What makes an author attractive to an independent publisher
  • How to develop a strong author profile and platform
  • The challenges in the market right now
  • Future opportunities for authors

Michelle Pilley is the managing director and publisher of Hay House UK. She started work as an assistant to a Publisher of a vintage car and bike company and did her editorial training at a business consultancy. After a couple of years travelling, Michelle returned to the UK to work for Waterstone’s where she was able to explore her passion for spirituality and Mind Body Spirit topics. Since then she has worked at HarperCollins where she became the Senior Commissioning Editor for MBS, then Features Editor for Kindred Spirit magazine, she helped set up Anita Roddick’s publishing house, and finally joined Hay House Inc in 2002 to form Hay House UK.  For more information visit www.hayhouse.co.uk

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

August 3, 2017

Julia McCutchen interviews William Noble

Writers should strive to “show” and not “tell.” Showing offers images, presents a picture, provides a scene where things happen, characters interact and 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, 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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THURSDAY 10 AUGUST

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

July 6, 2017

Julia McCutchen interviews Judy Reeves

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. Language erupts spontaneously with wild voice. It appears as writing that surprises both the writer and the reader. Wild voice is when the writing comes freely and easily, intuitively. The language is of the writer’s own making and the rhythm is the beat of her own drummer.

In this interview, Judy Reeves will 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 discuss:

  • 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. Her work has appeared in magazines, literary journals, and anthologies; most recently, Expressive Writing, Classroom and Community. She has edited several anthologies and chapbooks, including those born out of her Wild Women writing workshops, which she has led since 1997. For more information visit www.judyreeveswriter.com and www.livelymuse.com

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IACCW Member Event: 5 Storytelling Techniques to Craft Your Signature Talk

May 25, 2017

Julia McCutchen interviews Carmine Gallo

Authors are natural storytellers, but can you turn your ideas into compelling talks and presentations in front of live audiences?

Carmine Gallo has spent 25 years studying the art and science of communication and works directly with leaders who run some of the world’s largest, most admired brands. His approach to communication has been influenced by authors such as Dr. Wayne Dyer and inspirational business leaders such as Steve Jobs, Sheryl Sandberg, Richard Branson and others. Gallo believes that your story is your competitive advantage in the marketplace of ideas. Learn to share it effectively.

In this conversation Carmine will tap into the research he’s used to write his books to demonstrate how authors can speak with power and confidence.

In this interview you’ll learn how:

  • To build a visual message map that provides an easy to follow template for your next presentation.
  • Stories inform, illuminate, and inspire
  • To adapt the building blocks of narrative to deliver a presentation your audiences will always remember
  • Your internal narrative is the key to your ultimate ability to inspire your audiences.
  • To create a ‘wow’ moment in your very next presentation that will leave your audience craving more.

Carmine Gallo is a best-selling author, popular keynote speaker and the communication coach for the world’s most admired brands. Among his eight books are two Wall Street Journal bestsellers, The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs and Talk like TED. In his new book, The Storyteller’s Secret, Gallo features 50 leaders to explain why some ideas catch on and others don’t. Gallo is recognized as one of the most influential voices in business and communication and has been featured in The Wall Street JournalThe New York Times, and ABC’s 20/20. For more information, visit www.gallocommunications.com

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IACCW Member Event: Visibility and Vulnerability for Conscious Writers

April 27, 2017

Julia McCutchen interviews Beth Buelow

“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” Ernest Hemingway

Doesn’t this perfectly sum up the writing process? We spill our souls in private, and we alternate between feeling exhilarated and terrified (and every feeling in between!). But the writing is relatively easy compared to what’s next: putting it out there. What was private becomes public, and whether that happens in stages or overnight, it can be vulnerable and exhausting. It’s an experience you can’t quite prepare yourself for… or can you?

In this interview, we discuss the writing process specifically as it relates to being seen and heard by people who both want to cheer you on and tear you down. You’ll learn how to:

  • Ease into visibility in a way that suits your personality (especially if you’re introverted)
  • Honor your Comfort Zone in service of stretching your Capacity Zone
  • Define “success” on your own terms
  • Recognize what you’re really afraid of when it comes to getting out there
  • Recover from the ultimate vulnerability hangover

Beth Buelow, PCC, serves as a guide to introvert entrepreneurs who want to amplify their strengths and build sustainable, energetically aligned businesses. She is a professional coach, author, and speaker, is based in the Pacific Northwest and serves introverts worldwide. Her podcast, “The Introvert Entrepreneur,” was named as one of the top 25 business podcasts for entrepreneurs by Entrepreneur.com and was featured in the “Inspiring Women’s Voices” category on iTunes. She’s contributed to articles in The Wall Street Journal, The Telegraph, Success Magazine, Inc, Entrepreneur, and Psychology Today, among others. Beth is the author of “Insight: Reflections on the Gifts of Being an Introvert” (2012) and “The Introvert Entrepreneur: Amplify Your Strengths and Create Success on Your Own Terms” (Penguin Random House, Nov 2015). www.TheIntrovertEntrepreneur.com

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IACCW Member Event: How to Craft Your Memoir as a Conscious Writer

March 30, 2017

Julia McCutchen interviews Brenda Peterson

Everyone has a remarkable life story. The challenge is to tell it well. A memoir is like a love story, with all the ecstasies, disappointments, and turning points of any relationship. And at the end, you might be surprised to discover that the love of your life is—your life.

For three decades, acclaimed memoirist and writing teacher, Brenda Peterson, has taught the transformative process of memoir and how telling your life story will open doorways to yourself and the world. She shares the elements of craft specific to memoir—story arc, point of view, epiphanies, characterization and dialogue, and offers proven writing exercises and prompts, as well as insights into traditional vs. indie publication.

Whether you’re writing to leave a legacy, for soul work or for publication, Brenda’s approach to memoir is rich with insight, advice and encouragement for anyone eager to bring their real-life stories to the page. In this interview we will discuss:

  • The Ten Best Tips for Writing Successful Memoir
  • Finding Your Own Voice
  • Showing Up: Creating a Character of the Self
  • One Scene that Explains Your Whole Life
  • The Truth, the Truth, and Nothing But?
  • How to Create a Plot of Your Life Story

Brenda Peterson is a writing teacher and author of eighteen books, including the novel Duck and Cover, chosen by The New York Times as a Notable Book of the Year. Her memoirs are Build Me an Ark and I Want to Be Left Behind, selected by independent bookstores as an Indie Next and “Great Read;” also named among the “Top Ten Best Non-Fiction Books of the Year” by The Christian Science Monitor. Her latest Your Life is a Book co-authored with her long-time New York city literary agent, Sarah Jane Freymann, was selected as an Oprah.com fall 2014 book: “The process of writing about your past can lead to a boost in self-acceptance, self-awareness and fulfillment . . . exercises [from the book] may help you face a difficult experience and recognize your own strengths, personal growth and—yes—wisdom.”— Oprah.com. For more information visit www.BrendaPetersonBooks.com

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IACCW Member Event: How Mindfulness Breathing Can Boost Your Creativity

February 23, 2017

Julia McCutchen interviews Rose ElliotRoseElliot250
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Like most people, I’d heard of mindfulness, and I’d tried it, too: focusing on what I was doing, accepting it exactly as it is without criticising, commenting, or trying to change it, like experts suggest. I’d tried it while washing up, eating, brushing my teeth – I kept trying it, but it seemed so pointless, and boring, that I gave up.

Then, I Met a Monk, an experience I have described in my book of the same name, and he gently taught me how to be mindful using my breath… and everything changed from then on.

It helped me to find the strength and inner peace to get through the most exhausting and saddest time of my life – the illness and subsequent death of my husband of over 50 years – and it also had the most unexpected benefit of boosting my creativity to such an extent that in spite of the difficulties I was experiencing, I was able to write two books!

During this interview you will learn:

  • The origins of this ancient practice of mindfulness breathing; how I discovered it, and how it has helped me;
  • How to do it – it’s really simple – and ways of practising it and integrating it into your everyday life
  • How mindfulness breathing can help you to feel almost instant strength and peace, any place, any time
  • How through practising it for a few minutes each day you can connect with your own unique creativity, inner strength, and peace
  • How you can gently extend your breathing if you wish into a short period of meditation, with all the proven benefits that this can bring

Rose Elliot was born into a spiritual retreat centre founded by her grandmother, and wrote her first book as a result of cooking for the visitors there. She became celebrated for her vegetarian cookbooks and dubbed ‘the queen of vegetarian cooking’ but she also has a rich spiritual background expressed in her recent acclaimed books I Met a Monk, and Every Breath You Take. Inspired by her life-changing meeting with a Buddhist monk, both books are very human accounts of how she found inner peace and freedom through the simple practical teaching of the monk, and in particular through the mindfulness breathing that he taught her, which she says saw her through the most difficult period of her life – her husband’s sudden-onset dementia and subsequent death – and brought not only peace and strength but the unexpected blessing of increased creativity and joy. For more information visit www.roseelliot.com

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