ALLi director Orna Ross runs a small-group, private monthly workshop for indie authors and poets.
The workshop is one benefit of joining her creative business planning membership on Patreon ($25 month for workshops live or in replay, and other resources–printable pdfs, monthly creative planning system, and a private accountability group).
You can find out more about creative business planning membership here
Read below for further details about this month’s workshop. Click here to register (places permitting)
Next Workshop: Finding Flow: Overcoming Resistance and Block
If one part of you is giving another part of you a hard time (beating yourself up for being lazy, procrastinating, or ineffective, for example) creative expansion becomes impossible.
What dissolves resistance and self-sabotage is not pushing yourself harder, or mindless affirmations, but integrating all the different aspects of your creative energy. When that happens, you’ll spontaneously find your flow, and effortlessly move forward, with no part of you holding you back.
In this month’s workshop, we’ll explore where you are meeting resistance and its root causes for you. I’ll introduce you to the finding flow process, as it relates to writing, publishing and money, and we’ll bring three participants through the process so you can see it in action. You’ll leave with a blueprint for the process that will allow you to use it yourself, whenever resistance strikes.
The Finding Flow workshop takes place at 5pm UK time on Friday 8th Oct. (That’s 9am PDT, Vancouver, 12 noon EDT New York, 6pm SAST Johannesburg, 9.30 pm IT, New Dehli and (sorry, Australian friends, 2am in Sydney) Check this world clock to find your time but don’t worry if you can’t make it live; there will be a replay. Click here to register (places permitting).
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
- Mid-month motivator
Creative Business Planning Workshops
Orna says: I started this Creative Business Planning membership because so many indie authors are struggling to integrate the three big skills they need to have–writing, publishing and business–into one successful enterprise.
I no longer do one-to-one mentoring and this is my way of giving more personal attention than is possible in podcasts, books or blogs.
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.
These workshops, and creative business planning, are not for everyone, as they do take a particular approach, centering on your own creativity, personal definition of success, and 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.
Crafting Reader Emails That Inspire Action: Schedule
- 16.45: Zoom room opens.
- 17.00: Workshop commences. Welcome, housekeeping and introduction
- 17.10: Recap of August 2021 creative work: maker, manager, marketeer. Mapping September 2021.
- 17.20: Presentation: Crafting Reader Emails That Inspire Action
- 17.40: Exercises, Worksheets, Discussion
- 18.15 to end: Q&A.
You’re welcome to leave at any point during the Q&A, which 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.)
More about this month’s workshop topic here: https://www.ornaross.com/creative-process/
Creative Business Planning For Authors: Testimonials
Joanna Penn, bestselling author, award-winning entrepreneur, and host of The Creative Penn podcast
Mark McGuinness, award-winning poet, creative coach, and host of The 21st Century Creative podcast
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.
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.
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 MembersIf 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.