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The Iceberg Approach to Conscious Writing

June 9, 2017

I often use the image of an iceberg to represent the way I teach Conscious Writing.

It’s a powerful illustration because it’s so clear that the 10% you see above the surface of the water simply wouldn’t be there if it weren’t for the 90% underneath.

For Conscious Writers, the visible 10% equates to the words that meet the page.

The hidden 90% includes all of the unseen preparation and preliminary creative work that’s required for the right words to arise for the most authentic and effective communication of your ideas and stories.

Inner Preparation

That’s why I place so much emphasis on inner preparation before starting to write.

Paying attention to “who you are” and “where you’re at” when you sit down to craft the words to share your message with your readers makes all the difference in the world.

No one will see the 90% preparation before the essence of your ideas shows up in the form of words; yet at some level they will feel the distinction of writing that comes from a deeper source.

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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

Filed under: IACCW Events — Julia @ 8:49 am

A Conscious & Creative Woman is Like a River Flowing…

May 22, 2017

Hi Conscious Writers!

As soon as I read the following quote, I knew it would become one of my favourites:

“A woman in harmony with her spirit is like a river flowing. She goes where she will without pretense and arrives at her destination prepared to be herself and only herself.” Maya Angelou

It resonates deeply with me as my journey of creative self-realization has involved moving into true harmony with my spirit and forging my own authentic path (on-going!).

My process has included developing a conscious connection with the Divine Feminine and exploring the multitude of ways that yin energy can be expressed through who I am and what I do as I follow the path to my “destination”.

Pushing the River

There have been many challenges along the way as I was brought up to value the masculine, yang qualities of taking responsibility for making things happen, driving life forwards to achieve external success and generally pushing the river!

Sound familiar?

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Filed under: Conscious Writing Retreats — Tags: , , , , , — Julia @ 9:13 am

The Transformative Power of Journaling

May 15, 2017

What do Mark Twain, Anne Frank, Jack Kerouac and Virginia Woolf have in common?

They all kept a personal diary or hand-written journal.

Just as the world has moved on since these individuals first captured their thoughts, feelings and ideas on the page, journaling has continued to evolve into the powerful therapeutic and transformative tool it has become today.

Even if you don’t feel drawn to any other kind of writing, the benefits of journaling are well documented to promote physical, emotional and psychological healing, manage stress and boost your confidence as well as your creativity.

In this dynamic conversation between two life-long journal writers who each have their own distinct approach, you will learn:

  • The different journaling techniques you can use to suit a variety of purposes.
  • The main benefits to be gained from regular journaling including key research.
  • How to navigate releasing emotions and feeling safe enough to show up and write.
  • How to create a space to write without it being hijacked by your inner critic.
  • The best ways to harness the transformative and creative potential of journaling.

Julia McCutchen is an intuitive mentor, teacher and Hay House author who left a successful career as an international publisher to forge her own path following a deep awakening. Her core teaching includes conscious writing and creative exploration to guide people to discover their authentic voice, unlock their creativity and transform their life to live in alignment with their soul. For more information see

Jackee Holder is a coach, leadership trainer and writing coach. She has curated over a 100 journals over a thirty year span and has a real passion for learning about the psychological and emotional benefits of journaling and therapeutic writing. Jackee is the author of three non-fiction titles, 49 Ways To Write Yourself Well, Be Your Own Best Life Coach, Soul Purpose and the latest publication Writing With Fabulous Trees. For more information


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What’s new this month?

May 12, 2017

Hi Conscious Writers!

I’ve written before about endings and beginnings being an integral part of living a conscious and creative life.

The creative process itself is all about riding the wave of the alpha and omega cycle.

As well as being the nature of creation, this is also wonderful training for learning to trust the unseen forces at work in the universe even when you can’t see the what, the why or the how!

I’m sharing this with you because I’ve recently discovered that the venue we’ve used for our annual retreats over the last four years may not continue as a retreat centre beyond 2017 – an unexpected ending!

Last Time

So this is likely to be the last time that we offer the Conscious Writing Retreat for Women in its current form at Abbey House in the sacred landscape of Glastonbury.

Given that I’m entering a whole new phase of my work generally, I’m remaining open to new possibilities for retreats to take new forms and be held in new spaces for 2018 and beyond.

If you have any thoughts about the kind of retreat you’d love to experience and/or know of any amazing retreat centres that might welcome our conscious and creative approach, do please drop me a line at

This Year’s Retreat

For now, I’m gearing up for this year’s retreat and truly looking forward to what I’m sure will be the best event so far; especially in the light of this unforseen development.

So if you’d like to experience this deep and transformative retreat for women who are drawn to write consciously, creatively and authentically, and enjoy the sacred energy of this special venue, read more here.

FREE Video Chat

Before then you might also like to watch the next FREE Video Chat that I’m having with my friend and colleague Jackee Holder on The Transformative Power of Journaling.

We’re both life-long journal writers with our own distinct approach and have so much to share with you on a range of different journaling techniques you may not have come across before to boost your confidence, your creativity and more! Read more here.

I hope you’ll tune in to this as well as our next IACCW Member Event with bestselling author Carmine Gallo who’s speaking on 5 Storytelling Techniques to Craft Your Signature Talk. So much to look forward to 🙂

Have a wonderfully conscious & 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 @ 9:31 am

5 Core Practices for Conscious Writers: # 1 Cultivate Awareness

May 10, 2017

My approach to writing is based on a combination of soul and craft.

Honing the skills of your craft is essential for any creative art; for most conscious creatives it becomes a life-long journey of learning and refining that is challenging and rewarding in equal measure!

When it comes to the craft of writing, there are plenty of books, courses and classes that teach you everything from the basics to advanced techniques for shaping your words to suit any purpose.

The “Conscious” in Conscious Writing

My true calling is to create, write and live consciously in alignment with my soul and to guide others to do the same – that is the “conscious” in Conscious Writing.

Working from the inside out with the emphasis on creating the right conditions for soul and craft to meet on the page requires a mindful approach.

That’s why I use the image of an iceberg to represent all of the unseen preparation that encourages creative mindfulness and leads to vibrant writing (read more about that here).

5 Core Practices

It’s also why I developed the 5 Core Practices which open the way to bring all aspects of yourself into alignment – body, emotions, mind and soul – to draw you fully into the present moment before you write.

To read the rest of the article, click here.

Filed under: Articles — Tags: , , , , , , , , — Julia @ 2:24 pm

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 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).

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What’s new this month?

April 13, 2017

Hi Conscious Writers!

Over the last few weeks I’ve poured a great deal of energy into the everyday admin that keeps all of my creative projects running smoothly.

Much as I love being immersed in the creative process, paying attention to the mundane matters that provide the foundation on which to build new possibilities is so important and definitely has its own reward.

In fact I’ve found that being organized at every level actually frees up the space and energy for a more dynamic creative flow to occur through a beautiful balance of the feminine and masculine energies.

Walking the Path

And it’s a real joy for me to share such discoveries with others!

In reality everything I teach comes from walking the path myself and passing on the benefit of my insights and experience from so many years of personal and professional practice.

This principle also applies to my latest creative offering which comes in the form of a brand new four week online course that I’ll be teaching live by video.

Unlock Your Creativity with Conscious Writing

As I wrote in a recent blog post, like so many of the people I work with, my growing up years lacked any kind of encouragement to develop my natural creativity.

In fact the opposite was true; I was taught that creativity was an optional extra to be reserved for hobbies and weekends.

It took a life-changing accident for me to re-organize my priorities and consciously re-build my life to live in alignment with the creative soul I truly am.

So I know the journey of unlocking your creativity only too well!

Call Forth the Real Creative You

This course is for you if you’re as ready as you’ll ever be to call forth the real creative you and claim your right to create and write what you’re here to create and write. Read more here.

I hope this will inspire you to take action on your creative impulse to write and live in alignment with your soul.

Have a wonderfully conscious & 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 @ 1:25 pm

5 Good Things Creative Practice

April 10, 2017

I’ve always had an abundance of ideas about almost everything; far more than I could ever follow through on!

In fact, the more awareness and presence I cultivate the more creative I naturally become so the flow of inspiration continues to increase.

Of course this is wonderful for all of the projects I love creating for my work and personal priorities.

Yet it’s also a double-edged sword.

Managing the Creative Fire

Over the years I’ve had to learn to manage this creative fire and the intense energy that’s an integral part of it.

Yet there have been many occasions in the past where I’ve been left feeling depleted from having followed my enthusiasm for too many possibilities and ended up taking on too much.

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Filed under: Articles — Tags: , , , — Julia @ 1:05 pm

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 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.”— For more information visit

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