“A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for
- Thomas Mann
May & June 2016
Creative writers and procrastination -
a research project.
Thank you to the 297 writers who took part.
May 17th 2016
Sydney Writers' Festival event - A Tender Reckoning.
Magda Szubanski in conversation with Alison Manning.
Hotel Carrington, Katoomba.
March - August 2016 - SOLD OUT!
Virtual Writers' Group
Sponsored by the Australian Society of Authors, presented by Charlotte Wood and Alison Manning. Monthly virtual group meetings.
March 19 & 20 2016 - SOLD OUT!
Workshop: Bringing joy, pleasure & productivity back to your writing life
A writers' workshop with novelist, Charlotte Wood & Alison Manning
Jan 1st 2016
ABC Nightlife - Jen Flemming interviewed Author, Charlotte Wood and Alison Manning from A Mind of One's Own about creativity boosting strategies. Listen here.
Bringing joy, pleasure & productivity back to your writing life
A writers' workshop with novelist, Charlotte Wood & Alison Manning November, 2015
April - August 2015
Virtual Writers' Group - March - August, 2015. Jointly hosted by Charlotte Wood and Alison Manning, in collaboration with the Australian Society of Authors this group meets monthly for live group calls and in between on a lively forum where writers enjoy the company of others in the group.
Mentor's Edge - April 18, Sydney. Workshop for writing mentors. A day of reflective practice for mentors. Includes: exquisite listening skills, dealing with emotions (your own and clients'), unspoken contracts in the mentor/client relationship, addressing the Impostor Sydnrome and setting personal & professional boundaries.
Wordcount #2 - November 2014 - April 2015. Fully subscribed and underway.
A hype-free, practical and light-touch group drawing directly on what's helped other writers find new and energising work habits for creative productivity. Cost effective and accessible wherever you are in the world.
Let me know if you'd like to join a group in 2015.
Wordcount 2014 - A Mind of One's Own's pilot Virtual Writer's Group - underway July - December
We meet each month via our virtual tele-group to talk about different practical strategies for managing writerly concerns. During the month members receive interviews with people who specialise in a particular issue, plus information, presentations and practical activities. Topics include:
Fear and Loathing in a First Draft May 2014
SOLD OUT !!
Sydney Writers' Festival panel discussion
Sunday, May 25 2014
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Richard Wherrett Studio, Sydney Theatre, 22 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
Charlotte Wood, Alison Manning, Caroline Baum (facilitator)
"The first draft of anything is shit”, said Hemingway, while Helen Garner described one of hers as “like dragging great shaggy ropes of seaweed out of my guts”. First-draft terror is familiar to many writers as they wrestle with procrastination, avoidance, futility and sometimes crippling doubt. But paradoxically, many of these ‘problems’ are also essential components of creativity. Writers’ consultant Alison Manning and novelist Charlotte Wood talk to Caroline Baum about the psychology of facing down the first draft.
Click here to see the event on the Sydney Writers' Festival website.
Virtual Writers' Group - Australian Society of Authors
Hosted by Charlotte Wood and Alison Manning, in conjunction with the Australian Society of Authors.
Join a small, virtual community of writers for six once-a-month virtual group sessions where we discuss some of the common writerly concerns - getting a rhythm for writing, dealing with procrastination & distraction, managing fear, self-doubt and anxiety, managing competing interests - family work etc, dealing with criticism - self and others', and, finishing a project.
Each month there'll be a live, interactive call, and in between a private group forum for exchange of ideas and support.
This one day workshop is for writer Mentors and published writers wishing to establish a Mentor practice.
You will explore best practice for Mentors, learn new skills for dealing with your own and clients' emotional issues, develop clear guidelines for ethical practice, and review the administrative systems that give your Mentoring practice a professional edge.