Are you ready to write freely and easily?

I work with sensitive, creative women who want to better express themselves in writing. For a business, a brand, or a blog. To help birth a special writing project. Or just for their heart and soul – to experience the joy of writing freely and easily.

‘Am I creative?’ you may think. Creativity is our natural order, so in a word: ‘yes’. But you may feel stifled and blocked from too many years of education, or a corporate career. You may have stories stuffed in drawers and forgotten journals. And you may long to return to a simpler time. Alternatively, your creativity may be blossoming and you want to harness it.

You need tools, and techniques, and support, and guidance. You need a good dose of courage, collaboration and care.

As for sensitivity? Well, all sensitive people are creative. And our sensitivity increases the more we create. But we need to master the way we feel and transmute that into our words. Most, if not all, of us need reminding to come home to ourselves. To our bodies. To our breath. To the seat of our being. We need reminding of who we really are, and we need to re-learn our natural instincts.

Writing can help us do all of this. Writing for creative self-expression can transform your life, work and the way you feel about yourself. What’s more, it’s fun and can make your feel fabulous.

So, who am I? My bio reads like this:

Greta Solomon is a writing trainer and self-expression coach for creatives, bloggers and business people. She is the author of the forthcoming book Heart, Soul & Sass: A Girl’s Guide to Writing for Creative Self-Expression. And her mission is to help people to better express themselves in writing.

After graduating in psychology from Warwick University, Greta started out as a journalist at women’s magazines in London, in the early 2000s. She worked at top-selling weekly, Woman, and freelanced for Now!, My Weekly, Company and BBC Good Homes, among others. But although she was a successful journalist on the outside, she felt creatively blocked inside. So, Greta embarked on a journey of creative discovery. This saw her become a freelance health and travel writer, a published poet and songwriter, and a student of drama (The Poor School) and lyrics (Berklee College of Music).

Taking the lessons learned, she became an English tutor with a sold-out practice (and a long waiting list!) and a PR account director at SE10, an international business-to-business PR consultancy. She then became a writing coach, trainer and international speaker. Greta trains employees at both multi-billion pound companies and small start-ups, and has authored the book Just Write It! (McGraw-Hill, 2013). Greta’s special sauce is inspiration. People most often leave her workshops hopeful, inspired, energised – and ready to write.

My business writing (and blogging) clients include:

  • Berg-Hansen
  • Blogtacular
  • Cowi
  • Econa
  • Global Talent Week
  • Lancaster University (via Econa)
  • Miros
  • Norway International Network
  • Oslo Overachievers
  • Oslo International Hub
  • Precious Success
  • Professional Women’s Network
  • Rapid Airlift
  • Save the Children
  • Schibsted Media Group
  • Statoil
  • University of Warwick
  • Villoid
  • Wilhelmsen Ships Service

At the heart of it all, I’m a creative, living a curiosity-driven life and creating my own path as I go along.

Does that sound a little like you? Or like the person you aspire to be? If so, I think you’ll love my workshops and programmes. Take a little nosy around and see if you find anything here that makes your heart sing. I believe that life works best when you find and express your true self. I also believe that it’s the little things that make life worth living. So, I hope you find some little pieces of inspiration here.

These blog posts can help you to get to know me a little better.

The following seven facts will also give you a little flavour of who I am. And below that you’ll find some kind words from some people I’ve worked with.

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Seven facts about me

Londoner

I’m a Londoner, born and bred to parents from St Kitts & Nevis and Jamaica. Using a DNA test, I have discovered that my maternal ancestors were the Fang and Tikar people of Cameroon and Gabon. They were known for being highly musical, artistic and good at writing.

Expat wife

My husband is Norwegian and we lived in Oslo for six years (along with our four-year-old daughter, Savannah). We’re now back in London, and loving it!

HSP

I’m a highly sensitive person (HSP), and I love downtime, peace and quiet. But I also love the buzz of the city, going to parties, dancing and being on stage. On the Myers-Briggs scale, I’m an outgoing INFP. Apparently, we make up just 4% of the population.

Psychology fan

I have a BSc in psychology, which I received in 1999. I’m also a certified Coach U life coach, and have a City & Guilds teaching qualification.

Spiritual seeker

I have read hundreds of personal development books and have attended countless workshops in everything from horse whispering to breath therapy. I love going on retreat and recently took part in my first juice fast. 

Magazine addict

I LOVE magazines (even the trashy ones) and read far too many of them! One of my favourite things to do is go to a café, sip a chai latte, read a glossy and then hatch up some dreams and plans.

Former model and actress

In my late teens and early twenties, I was a hair and beauty model, a promotional model and, later, an aspiring actress. I have been the face of beauty brands Milani Cosmetics and Sof ‘n Free, and appeared in several short films. I was also Miss Great Britain in the 2003 Model of the Universe competition.

What people say about me

Charming & creative

“A wonderful, charming, creative and professional speaker. Her tools and tips capture pitfalls and nuances. Truly, very helpful.” ~ Dr Sahu, Senior Environmental Process Engineer, COWI – www.cowi.com

A natural host

“You were quite simply a natural host and handled the panel at the Write Out! event superbly. I wish you could host all my events.” ~ Foluke Akinlose MBE, Founder of Precious Online, Precious Success & The Precious Awards – www.precioussuccess.com

A miracle for people struggling with creativity

“Greta’s work is a miracle for anyone who struggles with writing or just isn’t happy with his or her creativity process.” ~ Elena Daia, Web journalist, Bonnier Publications – www.bonnierpublications.com

Transformed the way I write

“Greta transformed the way I write my quarterly financial reports. Now our key stakeholders increasingly see the true value in the numbers.” ~ Britt Nilsen, Vice President Finance, Schibsted Media Group – www.schibsted.no

Her practical tools make a real difference

“Greta gave us practical tools we could instantly implement. They made a real difference to our sales materials and dialogues.” ~ Cathrine Blomsnes, Head of Sales, Berg-Hansen – www.berg-hansen.no

So, I hope you enjoy visiting my site. It's great to have you here!

And as you go about your day, remember three things: 

  • Communicate from your core
  • Dare to be yourself, then dare to put yourself into your writing
  • Wear your purple hat now (see quote below)

Excerpt from a poem by Jenny Joseph:

“When I am an old woman, I shall wear purple / And run my stick along the public railings / And make up for the sobriety of my youth/ But maybe I ought to practice a little now / So people who know me are not too shocked and surprised / When suddenly I am old, and start to wear purple.”