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ALLi director Orna Ross runs small-group, private monthly workshops for authors and poets.

These workshops are one benefit of becoming one of Orna's creative business planning patrons on Patreon (£25 per month + tax).

Read below for further details about this month's workshop.

Click here to register as a patron and attend the workshop (places permitting)

You'll also receive a suite of other benefits, including other workshops in replay, and you can opt-out any time.

Next Workshop: The Big Annual Review

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If you'd like to do a review of your year with a focus on change and growth in your writing and publishing business, join us (live at 5pm (UK) today, or in replay, at your own convenience).

You'll be brought through a workbook and proven process that will highlight what worked for you this year and what’s holding you back, what's flowing and what's failing, for you.

  • Daily Life: Work Rest and Play,
  • Writing and Book Production.
  • Branding and Platform
  • Marketing and Promotion
  • Profits and Pace
  • Resistance and Flow Patterns

The workshop will also cover how to make the most of these last few weeks of the year, as the foundation for the year to come.

It's 90 minutes in which you can change what needs changing, reinforce what's working, and see clearly what (and how) to let go. This clarifying process will reconnect you with your deepest creative and commercial intentions, and leave you feeling motivated and energised.

The workshop takes place at 5pm UK time on Friday 25th November. Check this world clock to find your time–but don’t worry if you can’t make it live. There will be a replay.

Orna offers these workshops as part of a suite of monthly benefits for a small group of creative planning patrons, but if you only want to attend for this month, no problem! Just join for now (places permitting) and cancel the subscription as soon as the workshop is over.

Click here to register as a patron, join the workshop, and access the other monthly benefits. More information below.

Workshops, not webinars

These workshops are not large webinars/podcasts with thousands of attendees but small-group, guided events. I limit places so you receive personal attention and feedback during the workshop–and through the month in Patreon.

Your payment covers access to replays of all previous workshops, as well as the current one live–and a variety of other resources, including

  • Accountability group
  • Downloadable PDFs of intention maps, accomplishment logs, and other Go Creative! worksheets, tools, and planners
  • Replay videos so you can refer back any time

Click here to register (places permitting)

Creative Business Planning Workshops

Orna Ross

Orna Ross, Director of ALLi

Orna says: These workshops are my way of offering more personal attention than is possible in ALLi podcasts, books or blogs.

So many indie authors are struggling to integrate the three big skills they need to have–writing, publishing and business–into a successful self-publishing enterprise. These workshops go beyond the practical advice to explore underlying creative principles and personal reasons as to why our plans may not be working out.

These workshops, and my creative business planning method, are not for everyone, as they take a particular approach centered on your own creativity, your own definition of success, and your personal passions as an author and publisher. They encourage you to go deeper and harness your creative capacity, so you can achieve more by doing less.

We do the work, there and then in the workshop, so each month you leave with a completed plan and a clear vision for your next steps.

Register here

Next Workshop: Big Annual Review

  • 16.45: Zoom room opens.
  • 17.00: Workshop commences. Welcome, housekeeping and introduction.
  • 17.10: Presentation & Workbook
  • 18.20 to end: Q&A

The Q&A will continue until I've answered all your questions. Nobody left behind is the policy!

(Please note: All times are UK London time, UTC. Replay videos are stored in Patreon so you can refer back any time.)

Creative Business Planning For Authors: Testimonials

Joanna Penn, bestselling author, award-winning entrepreneur, and host of The Creative Penn podcast

Orna’s events have been life-changing for me. With wisdom, kindness (and the occasional kick in the pants!) she is able to cut through the noise and focus on what’s really important for creatives. Her f-r-e-e-writing exercises have helped me with my books and my business. I highly recommend her.

Mark McGuinness, award-winning poet, creative coach, and host of The 21st Century Creative podcast

Amid all the hype about the latest tools and technologies, we don’t hear so much about wisdom, compassion, and hard-won experience. Orna Ross has all of these in spades, and is generous in passing on her knowledge. I value my conversations with Orna and always come away with a valuable new perspective on things. I’m sure you will too.

Suzanne Power

Orna Ross is a genius. She combines incisive knowledge of publishing, huge appreciation for words, great humanity for the writers producing them, and invaluable materials – all to get to the heart of your writing life, and provide the scaffolding of your writing business. She has worked with me as both mentor and as a facilitator and I think the world of what she does and how she does it. No ego, true presence and a brilliant talent.

Her ethics and her examples are ones to trust and to follow. I will continue to do so and consider myself lucky to have the chance to.

Dave Cohen

I spent nearly four decades working in comedy thinking my precious art should not be sullied by anything as vulgar as marketing. In the last couple of years Orna has taught me that if you can think creatively about it, keeping control of and marketing your work is as important to a writer's career as the work itself.

Karen Dodd, Suspense Author

As the author of two books and one on the way, I feel fortunate to have found Orna and her coaching at just the right time in my author career. She has a way of winnowing in on exactly what the intimate, small group needs as we went through our various challenges together. Orna presents information clearly and through her willingness to answer all questions, she fosters a trusting and compassionate relationship between mentor and participants.

Our group is made up of authors at all stages of the process—some were even traditionally published. After each session, we leave with our handouts and a written plan that we can implement immediately. I can’t recommend Orna’s Go Creative sessions highly enough.


Orna has exhaustive experience being an authorpreneur both from her own personal journey navigating the publishing space as an author and working with/mentoring other authors who are walking the same path. I find these workshops to be a distilled essence of this highly specialized knowledge that she has gathered through time.

As a result, this is highly effective and beneficial for an author in terms of the multiple hats that we wear as an authorpreneur. Orna defines them as – maker, manager and marketer. The pay yourself first approach that I got to learn from the workshop is how I'm going to be structuring my business as I believe it's going to set me up for success. Also appreciate the flexibility of attending only the workshops on topics that I most want to learn about and the Q&A time at the end of the session.

Beth Ball, Epic Fantasy Author

I learn so much in each of the sessions, and I really appreciate all of the work you do to help us with both strategies and mindset on the indie author journey.


Belinda Strotheide, Writer and Business Trainer

I just wanted to take a few minutes to say how much I appreciate your creative planning training. My college degree is in business, I’ve spent years listening to entrepreneurial training, I’ve helped businesses, nonprofits and communities think through the process and formulate their plans and goals. You have helped me see the process in a new way. A way that lets me view it creatively, with the business aspects as a framework rather than the focus of the activities. Thank you! Also, thank you for your sensitivity and respect toward the individuals in the meetings. I also like how you push us to go for the deeper truth of who we are creatively and address the real reasons we may get stuck. A really BIG THANK YOU. What you’re doing is so very helpful.

Business Planning Workshops: Registration

Registration for these workshops is always on a first-come, first-served basis. Current paid-up patrons get first place.

Existing Patreon Planning Members

You don't have to re-register or do anything. On the evening before this month's workshop, you'll receive the downloads and links you need to attend.

If you don't wish to attend next month's workshop, and don't need to access the planners or other resources again, just cancel your membership anytime.

The membership is set up to allow for free movement (places permitting), so you can opt in and out as you need.

New Members

If there are some places left for this month, then it's first come, first served. Click here to register (places permitting). Registration also unlocks all the prior videos and gives access to other planning resources and Facebook group membership.
Payment is $25 + per month, plus any sales tax charged where you live (cancel any time). Patreon deducts fees on the day you join and then on the first day of each month.

If you're not successful in getting a place this time, let Kayleigh know at [email protected]. She'll put you on our waiting list and you'll be informed when more places become available in the coming months.

Once registered, you'll be provided with full details of how to prepare and attend.

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