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ALLi director Orna Ross runs a small-group, private monthly workshop for authors and poets as part of a creative business planning membership on Patreon.

The planning patron membership costs $25 per month–this offer replays of all past workshops and other resources, including downloadable, printable pdfs, monthly planners and a Facebook 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)

Creative Business Planning Workshop: Ask Orna Anything

There will be no presentation for next month’s workshop, which is an Ask Orna Anything session. Orna will answer whatever planning questions are arising for you, at this time. What’s stopping you from becoming profitable? How are you connecting with readers? What’s coming between you and the success you’d like your books to see in 2021?

The “Ask Orna Anything” workshop takes place at 5pm UK time on Friday 6th August. (That’s 9am PDT, Vancouver, 12 noon EDT New York, 6pm SAST Johannesburg, 9.30 pm IT, New Dehli.) Check this world clock to find your time.)
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 is not large webinars to thousands of attendees but small-group, guided events. Places are limited you receive personal attention and feedback on your current project, and your publishing process, during the workshop–and through the month in Patreon.

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

  • Facebook 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 to your email inbox to keep you on track

Click here to register (places permitting)

Creative Business Planning Workshops for Authors and Poets

Orna Ross

Orna Ross, Director of ALLi

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 books or blogs, Facebook Livestreams or audio podcasting. You do the work, there and then in the workshop, and leave with a completed workbook and a clear vision for 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.

The workshops are fun, and they encourage you to go deeper and harness your creative capacity–so you can achieve more by doing less.

The membership is designed so you can opt in and out, as you wish, places permitting.

Register here

How Authors Plan for Success

Setting Up for Profit: Schedule:

  • 16.45: Zoom room opens.
  • 17.00: Workshop commences.
  • 17.00: Recap of the previous month’s work: maker, manager, marketeer
  • 17.15: Presentation:
  • 17.30: Exercises, Worksheets, Discussion
  • 18.00: Next Month’s Mapping
  • 18.15 to end: Q&A.

You’re welcome to leave at any point during the Q&A, which will continue until all questions are answered. 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:

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.

Beth Ball is an epic fantasy author spinning stories of druidic magic and the power of nature that span the realms of Azuria and Eldura.

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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