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What’s new this month?

June 7, 2018

Hi Conscious Writers!

I hope your week is going well and that you’re enjoying the onset of summer or winter depending on which hemisphere you’re in!

I’m just surfacing from what has been an intense phase which included the complexity and confusion around the EU General Data Protection Ruling which came into effect on 25 May.

I had to take the tough decision to postpone the Conscious and Creative Living Discovery Experience I announced last month in order to focus on the GDPR preparation.

So I’ll let you know when the moment comes for taking the next steps with that project.

In the meantime, my focus is returning to gearing up for the Conscious Writing: Discover Your True Voice USA retreat plus a few other ideas that are currently percolating including a new series of short Conscious Moment videos.

Before all of that I’m heading off for a holiday to recharge and review my next priorities before diving in to the next phase of the unfolding dream.

While I’m away, if you’re thinking about writing a memoir or are already underway with yours, you’ll enjoy this month’s IACCW Member interview with Linda Joy Myers. Read more here.

And if you’re in London this weekend, my friend and colleague Mark Matousek is leading his annual summer event on The Healing Power of Telling Your Story. Read more here.

Here’s to 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 @ 10:04 am

Finding Your Conscious Writing Rhythm – Part 1

June 6, 2018

One of the topics that always comes up in mentoring sessions with people who are making the transition from thinking about writing to taking action is how to find a good writing rhythm.

This is such an important subject that I’ve decided to do a couple of posts covering the key practical aspects to consider.

Let’s start by exploring the question…

WHEN?
As a general rule, putting your writing first works for most people most of the time.

This means that you ideally start the day with some kind of energy and/or meditation practice and then write before anything else.

Even if you only spend 15 or 20 minu tes writing, at least you’ve fulfilled your commitment to your creative impulse before you tackle other tasks.

The Writing Habit

Just 15 minutes a day quickly builds the writing habit you need to establish if you want to take your writing seriously.

However, this approach doesn’t work for everyone. Some writers love the early evening twilight zone or come alive creatively at the end of the day and well into the night.

As long as whatever you choose is sustainable and produces the results you’re aiming for, it’s serving its intended purpose.

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Filed under: Articles — Tags: , , , , — Julia @ 3:57 pm

IACCW Member Event: 6 Things Conscious Writers Need to Know About Memoir Writing

May 31, 2018

Julia McCutchen interviews Linda Joy Myers

Memoir writing draws on all aspects of who we are— body, mind and soul. We are challenged to dig deep, to remember, and once again inhabit the skin of who we were and what we have learned.

Writing a memoir is an act of testimony, witnessing, healing. When you write a memoir, you draw upon layers of your consciousness and discover your true nature, your essential self, and are transformed by the process.

In this interview you will learn:

  • How to find the turning points that illuminate the themes of your memoir.
  • How to create scenes that bring your story alive—and why you need scenes.
  • What the various narrators do in your story to manage time and guide the reader.
  • Find the themes that will hook your reader into turning the pages.
  • How writing your authentic truths will free you from the past.
  • That memoir is a path of transformation and healing—for you and your readers.

Linda Joy Myers is president and founder of the National Association of Memoir Writers, and has been a therapist for 33 years in Berkeley, CA. She’s the author of Gold Medal prize winning books including her first book Becoming Whole—Writing Your Healing Story which was a finalist in the ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year Award. See www.namw.org

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THURSDAY 7 JUNE

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Filed under: IACCW Events — Julia @ 9:51 am

Conscious Writing USA

May 30, 2018

Conscious Writing Retreat USA
Discover Your True Voice

SUNDAY 9 to FRIDAY 14 SEPTEMBER

Omega Institute For Holistic Studies
Rhinebeck, NY

Immerse yourself in creative exploration and learn to write from your heart with the voice of your soul.

Conscious Writing is a holistic approach to creative awakening and vibrant writing. Its transformative power comes from learning to write from your true self, the eternal part of you that is naturally creative and free from resistance—the original source of your authentic voice. Author and intuitive mentor Julia McCutchen guides you to discover your voice and unlock your creativity through the Conscious Writing process, a proven method for transitioning into a deep creative flow aligned with your purpose. You:

  • Participate in opening and closing ceremonies
  • Explore a different theme each day
  • Experience guided energy, meditation, and visualization practices
  • Engage in a variety of creative exercises and plenty of writing

You work independently, in pairs, and in small groups within a safe, sacred space. You may choose to read your work aloud in an optional open mic session. Professional writers as well as enthusiasts are welcome.

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Julia McCutchen is an intuitive mentor, teacher, author, and founder of the International Association of Conscious & Creative Writers. A former international publisher, she experienced a life-changing accident in 1999 which triggered a deep awakening that led her to leave the corporate world and forge her own path. McCutchen’s core teaching includes conscious writing and creative exploration to guide people to discover their authentic voices, unlock their creativity, and transform their lives to align with their souls. Her specialty is to bring intuitive insight to her work with individuals and groups to reveal their true purpose and provide the clarity they seek. McCutchen is the author of The Writer’s Journey: From Inspiration to Publication and Conscious Writing: Discover Your True Voice Through Mindfulness and More.

The Healing Power of Telling Your Story – One Day Workshop on 9 June

May 14, 2018

I’m delighted to share that my friend, colleague and bestselling author Mark Matousek is leading a one day workshop in central London called “The Healing Power of Telling Your Story” on Saturday 9 June.

Writing the truth has the power to transform us – if we let it.

Join bestselling author and teacher, Mark Matousek, for his annual summer event in London. In this powerful one-day intensive for writers of all levels, you will explore the stories that define you, as well as beliefs, expectations, and limitations that fixed narratives create in your life.

Using personal writing as a path of self-awareness, you’ll be guided through a series of essential questions designed to reveal the untold stories that trap you in limiting myths and beliefs. You discover that when writing is used as path of self-knowledge, it becomes a healing as well as a creative pursuit.

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Filed under: Live Events — Julia @ 9:02 am

What’s new this month?

May 5, 2018

Hi Conscious Writers!

What an eventful month it’s been since we were last in touch!

With an interesting mix of challenge and opportunity, life here in the wilds of Wiltshire is never boring and often includes the unexpected.

I’ve discovered over the years that the best way to approach whatever shows up out of the blue is to pause, take a deep breath and immerse myself in being fully present.

This enables me to wait and see how things unfold or make conscious choices about appropriate actions instead of allowing conditioned patterns to take over.

Conscious and Creative Living

This is just one aspect of what I call Conscious and Creative Living.

Making it a priority over the last 20 years to live from the inside out with the essence of who I truly am at the core has completely transformed my experience of life.

Now it’s time to share what I’ve discovered more widely and engage with a new level of the journey through leading an enquiry into how this can serve you in a community of others doing the same.

Discovery Experience

The Conscious and Creative Living Discovery Experience is the first step on this journey and it starts on WEDNESDAY 23 MAY, just 3 short weeks from now!

It includes a 3 Week Video Course, a 3 Month Summer Integration and an Exclusive Invitation to become a Founding Member of a new community dedicated to individual transformation and collective impact.

This brand new adventure involves a modest investment and a two pay option to ease your cash flow which is only available until TUESDAY 8 MAY. Read more here.

I very much hope that this sparks your interest and inspires you to join me on a voyage of discovery to find out how 3 simple questions can lead you to align yourself, your purpose and your life.

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 @ 9:19 am

Completion Not Perfection

May 4, 2018

As a successful coach with a thriving practice, Sarah loved her work and enjoyed supporting her clients to identify and pursue their true priorities in life.

However, she was constantly over-delivering, felt depleted as a result, and harboured a secret sense of shame.

She’d always wanted to write and share the lessons she’d learned from many years of spiritual, personal and professional growth.

Yet despite several attempts to apply her wide-ranging skills to the written word, she kept getting stuck and just couldn’t find her flow.

Despite her professional success, she felt like she was failing.

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Filed under: Articles — Tags: , , , , — Julia @ 9:14 am

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

May 1, 2018

Julia McCutchen interviews Mark Matousek

Most of us who write understand that earning an abundant living exclusively from writing books is the exception rather than the rule. 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.

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 and contributor to numerous anthologies and publications. A popular lecturer and writing teacher, he is on the faculty of the New York Open Center, The Omega Institute and Esalen, amongst others. His latest book is Writing to Awaken. For more information see www.markmatousek.com

FREE ACCESS on the Broadcast Date of
THURSDAY 3 MAY

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Filed under: IACCW Events — Julia @ 2:55 pm

What’s new this month?

April 9, 2018

Hi Conscious Writers!

Spring seems to have arrived at last here in the UK!

What a relief it is to see blue skies and bright sunshine after the overcast skies and seemingly endless snow and rain of recent weeks.

I’ve no doubt nature will respond immediately to the increased light and warmth.

I’m also feeling an upsurge of inspiration and looking forward to some exciting times over the next few months.

Conscious Writing USA

Firstly, I’m delighted to share that I’ll be leading a Conscious Writing Retreat from Sunday 9 to Friday 14 September at one of the most prestigious holistic learning centres in the world, the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies.

I’m honoured to have been invited to lead a 5 day retreat at their gorgeous Rhinebeck campus, New York and thrilled that my first live teaching in the US will be there.

I know from previous feedback that the original combination of conscious practices and creative exercises along with independent writing and group work is transformative to the point of “life-changing” for retreat participants.

So I hope you’ll be inspired to come and enjoy the retreat AND the beautiful space we’ll all be in! Read more here.

New Project – Phase One

I’ve mentioned a few times recently that I’m in the process of developing what feels like a significant new project which I’m working on it in a slightly different way; it’s being created in phases.

Today, I’m excited to say that I’m almost ready to share the details of phase one with you so keep an eye on your inbox in a couple of weeks time for all to be revealed.

I also encourage you to mark your calendars for Thursday 17 May as I very much hope this will be something you won’t want to miss!

Last Call for Mentoring

Finally, this is the last call for the last place on the new six month mentoring series which is starting this month.

Drop me a line to Julia@JuliaMcCutchen.com if you’d like to schedule a Free Discovery Session to discuss your individual situation with me.

In fact, feel free to contact me any time about any of the above; I’m here to guide and support you to turn your Conscious Writing and Creative Living dreams into reality.

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 @ 9:30 am

The Creative Power of Deadlines

April 5, 2018

Love them or hate them, deadlines are an integral part of living a creative life that includes sharing your creations with others.

Some people relish the pressure and feel they come alive and do their best work in the 11th hour.

Others experience such a strong degree of contraction from the stress that their inspiration shuts down and they end up driving themselves forcefully towards completion, often feeling depleted and dissatisfied with the end result.

A High Priority

My relationship with deadlines is somewhere between these two extremes.

During my publishing career, I worked to cut-off dates at every stage of the process from the author delivering the manuscript to the print date when no further changes could be made.

Meeting deadlines was a high priority and carried all the way through to making sure that finished copies were delivered to the right place at the right time when authors were engaged in promotional activities like book signings.

Honour the Commitment

Having crossed the threshold to become an author myself and forged my own path over the last 20 years creating courses, classes, products and retreats, I certainly have more say in the time frames I’m working to now.

However, there’s always a requirement to decide when something is going to happen and then follow through to make that a reality to honour the commitment – to myself and to others.

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