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
February 23, 2017
Julia McCutchen interviews Rose Elliot
on 2nd March
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
January 26, 2017
Julia McCutchen interviews Susan Mears
on 2nd February
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.
Empowering though this may be for aspiring authors and those who are already working on their second or third books; it’s also a double-edge sword as it raises important questions about what the best route to market actually is. It also requires informed decisions to be made about which professionals to work with.
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. Her main base is in London but she also maintains a presence in Dubai and New York. Her agency has a tremendous reputation for discovering new talent and has taken a number of authors from start up author to international bestseller status. For more information visit http://www.susanmears.com/
December 29, 2016
Julia McCutchen interviews Sam Bennett
on 5th January
- When you know it’s time to get out of your own way, but you’re not sure how;
- When the fear of failure and the fear of success have you paralyzed;
- When you want to share your gifts with the world, but you have no idea where to begin…
… there’s only one place to start to solve these problems, and that’s right where you are.
Join Creativity/Productivity Expert Sam Bennett for this practical toolkit talk for sensitive writers that will get you unstuck, no matter what. We’ll cover:
- The sure-fire 5-minute solution to get past any insecurity, anxiety or fear
- How to stop feeling so overwhelmed all the time (this one will surprise you)
- Happy Grown-Up Naked Time: what it is and why it matters
- How to apply all of this directly to developing your ideas and doing your writing!
“Sam Bennett hears you, knows you, is you. She has been in your shoes, felt your fear and been as stuck as you have. In an astonishing act of generosity, she’s shared all that in [her] magnificent book…It just might change your life.” – Seth Godin
Originally from Chicago, Samantha Bennett is a writer, speaker, actor, teacher and creativity/productivity specialist and the author of the bestselling, “Get It Done: From Procrastination to Creative Genius in 15 Minutes a Day” (New World Library) which Seth Godin called, “An instant classic, essential reading for anyone who wants to make a ruckus.”
Her new book is, “”Start Right Where You Are: How Little Changes Can Make a Big Difference for Overwhelmed Procrastinators, Frustrated Overachievers and Recovering Perfectionists” (New World Library) She is the creator of the www.TheOrganizedArtistCompany.com, dedicated to helping creative people get unstuck, especially by helping them focus and move forward on their goals. Now based in a tiny beach town outside of Los Angeles, CA, Bennett offers workshops, keynotes and private consulting. She also makes a heck of a roast chicken.
November 3, 2016
Julia McCutchen interviews Michael Neill
on 10th November
There is a space within us where the screenwriter Sacha Gervasi tells us, “time stands still and creative ideas flow through like a river.” It’s the space of pure possibility – point zero for any creative endeavor.
Join me alongside Michael Neill, author of The Space Within, for a fascinating exploration of how close at hand this deeper potential sits, and how to find it within yourself and spend more time in it in your work.
We will explore:
- Why self-esteem and self-confidence are largely irrelevant to your success as a writer
- How to shift your relationship with a blank page
- A different way of thinking about discipline
- Spending more time in the river and less time sitting watching from the shore
- How do you know when you’re done?
Michael Neill is an internationally renowned transformative coach and the best-selling author of The Inside-Out Revolution and The Space Within. He has spent over 25 years as a coach, adviser, friend, mentor, and creative spark plug to celebrities, CEOs, royalty, and people who want to get more out of themselves and their lives. His books have been translated into 17 languages, and his public talks, retreats, and seminars have touched and transformed lives at the United Nations and on six continents around the world. Michael’s weekly radio show, Living from the Inside Out, has been a listener favorite on Hay House Radio for over a decade; his TEDx talk, ‘Why Aren’t We Awesomer?’, has been viewed by over 150,000 people around the world. You can follow him on Twitter and Facebook, and get access to the Caffeine for the Soul podcast and blog at www.michaelneill.org.
October 6, 2016
Julia McCutchen interviews Sandy Newbigging
on 13th October
Being consciously aware is the foundation to writing with true creative freedom. CALM, which stands for Conscious Awareness Life Meditation, is a methodology for being conscious of the aspect of the Self that is Aware.
When we focus too much on what we are usually aware of (our thoughts, emotions, life circumstances) instead of the consciousness within us that is aware, creativity is stifled and stress is inevitable. Awareness on the other hand is a peace-filled presence within that is beyond the beliefs and limitations of the conditioned mind.
Mahatma Gandhi was once quoted as having said ‘I must reduce myself to zero’ and explained that when ‘he was out of the way’ he did his best work. The invitation in this session is to let go of your conditioned mind to rest into your inner Awareness and be willing to remain at zero – empty of your conditioned concepts – so that you can allow the silent voice of source to speak and write through you.
We will explore:
- The difference between writing with the mind and writing with Self-Awareness
- The habits that keep us caught up in the limitations of the thinking mind
- How to engage Self-Awareness using Sandy’s simple GAAWO technique
- Why still silent calm is the key to doing your best work and enjoying the writing journey
- Why the willingness to experience ALL of life can give you constant calm, liberated living and make you a better writer.
As Sandy is the author of ten books with three self-published and seven with publishing houses including Piatkus, Findhorn Press and Hay House, he will also offer his insight on what publishing route to take and the pluses and minuses of each option.
Sandy C. Newbigging is the no.1 bestselling author of six books, a meditation teacher and creator of Calmology. Red Magazine recently described him as the ‘guru of modern-day meditation’ and OM Times said he’s ‘one of the most effective holistic practitioners of the decade’. Sandy is known for sharing ancient wisdom with a modern twist that makes sense and through his online membership website called Calm Clan has made life-changing teachings accessible to anyone. His work has been seen on television in 30+ countries and he’s personally trained practitioners in his methods from 15+ countries. For more information, visit www.sandynewbigging.com
September 1, 2016
Julia McCutchen interviews Rebecca Campbell
on 8th September
This era we are living in has been prophesied by the mystics and the sages of all of the ages. The Mayan’s called it the New Dawn, Yogi Bhajan called it The Aquarian Age, some call it the end of Patriarchy, Rebecca Campbell calls it the Age of Light or the Age of the Lightworker.
We are all being called to light up the world with our presence and for so many of us, our creations and writing are the vehicles through which we will do this.
In this inspiring call we will discuss:
- How to hear the call of your soul and answer it
- What creations are rising in you right now
- How to tap into your inner wisdom and hear the whispers of your soul and creative muse
- Why so many people are scared to share their voice and how to overcome it
- The power of the female cycle when it comes to creativity
- The seasons of creativity
- Tapping into your innate ancient wisdom
- Inviting Mother Earth to create through you
- How to find your authentic voice and tribe
- How to work with and call in your creative muse
Rebecca Campbell is a bestselling author, spiritual teacher, grounded spiritual mentor and soulful guide. Rebecca has guided thousands of women to listen to the callings of their soul and create a life that is completely aligned to them. Her first book Light Is The New Black will be followed by her second Rise Sister Rise in October 2016. Rebecca has received multiple awards including the ‘Promising New Talent’ by the Mind Body Spirit Festival in London, the ‘Emerging Voice’ award by Kindred Spirit Magazine and the ‘100 Women of Spirit’ award by the Brahama Kumaris for feminine leadership and spiritual service. Drawing on her unique experience as an award winning advertising creative director, Rebecca loves helping people tap into their creativity and lead from a place that is authentic and light up the world in a way that only they can. See www.rebeccacampbell.me
July 28, 2016
Julia McCutchen interviews Nancy Levin
on 4th August
Have you ever asked yourself, “Who am I to write a book?” Are you longing to share your own experience in service of others, but question being good enough? Do you desire giving voice to your truth, yet also fear being fully seen?
Your greatest gift, your most powerful power is giving voice to your truth. True connection and intimacy can only be found when our vulnerabilities meet in that sweet spot of resonance and recognition. We need your truth because when we read it or hear it, we also feel it—giving us permission to feel ourselves.
During this interview, best-selling author, master coach and lifelong writer Nancy Levin will guide you to recognize, harness and actualize your strengths inside, as she sheds light on themes including:
- Uncovering, revealing and expressing your truth
- Listening the whispers you’ve been shooing away
- Honoring your resistance
- Shifting the limiting shadow beliefs that are blocking your power
- Unconcealing the unconscious commitments that are sabotaging your success
- Reclaiming your worth out from the hands of others so you’re no longer seeking external validation
Nancy Levin is the author of Worthy: Boost Your Self-Worth to Grow Your Net Worth, Jump … And Your Life Will Appear, Writing For My Life. She’s a Master Integrative Coach and the creator of the Jump Coaching and Worthy Coaching Programs, working with clients – privately and in groups – to live in alignment with their own truth and desires. She was the Event Director at Hay House for 12 years and hosts her own weekly call-in show Jump Start Your Life on Hay House Radio. Nancy received her Masters in Creative Writing and Poetics from Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado and she continues to live in the Rocky Mountains. You can visit her online at www.nancylevin.com
June 30, 2016
Julia McCutchen interviews Mark Matousek
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
May 26, 2016
Julia McCutchen interviews Marianne Pestana
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/