Expressing yourself through writing keeps your heart open. It also helps you to see what you really want. You get to go deeper, down through the layers to express your authentic self. But first of all, you need to shake off the shackles.
That’s what this four-week online workshop series is about. I want to help you to become the writer you need and want to be. Whether it’s for your blog, brand, business, book or simply for your heart and soul!
You may have seen me on Forbes.com where I write about writing, work, career, creativity and self-expression. Or speaking at Blogtacular two years in a row. Or perhaps you’ve seen that I now teach business writing at University of London, City. Maybe you’ve pre-ordered my latest book Heart, Soul & Sass. But it wasn’t always this way. It’s only through truly mastering my own creativity and self-expression that I’ve been able to go from a professional magazine journalist who struggled to get words on the page (and could only write with pressure and strain) to:
Becoming a freelance health, travel and lifestyle journalist and later a director at a PR consultancy.
Creating sell-out tutoring services with a long waiting list and delivering more than 2500 hours of English and writing tuition.
Signing songwriting deals with two music publishers.
Publishing my first book (Just Write It!) with McGraw-Hill Education, one of the ‘big three’ educational publishers.
Developing an innovative in-the-field storytelling workshop programme for a global children’s charity in Ethiopia.
Leading a transformational programme for the largest media group in Scandinavia to help them to effectively implement English as a company language.
Designing and developing sales writing programmes that enabled clients, including a travel agent founded in 1875 and a multi-national energy company, to achieve measurable engagement.
Consulting, coaching and training a range of companies (including the largest IT company in Northern Europe) on how to write technical information in a commercial way.
Traveling in Europe as a professional speaker and workshop leader, and coaching and mentoring authors and business people to bring their books and brands to life.
Speaking regularly for Econa – a professional organisation for people who have graduated from Business School. My How to Write Your Way to the Top talk was the most popular talk in 2014.
And above all, being open to saying a BIG YES to opportunities to live more creatively. From studying at drama school, to representing Great Britain in The Model of the Universe competition, to living as an expat in Norway for six years.
I did all this through using the tools and techniques that I now teach in my courses, workshops and programmes. I’ve been told that I “make it look easy”, and perhaps this is because it’s been as much as an inner journey as it has an outer one. I almost became a Psychologist (after graduating in Psychology in 1999) and so everything is about psychological re-alignment. Shaking off fear. Finding your voice. Expressing un-expressed parts of you. Finding the courage to cope with rejection and disappointment. And using writing as a vehicle for whatever personal or professional success you desire.
In early 2016, I needed a break from my business. I had spent four years pitching, developing, creating and delivering business writing workshops (alongside being pregnant, and then a new mum). And I needed to get back in touch with myself.
So, I cleared my schedule with the aim of doing nothing in particular. But I soon found that I was constantly writing. I wrote about anything and everything, mostly in blog post format. And my journal never left my side. In short, I wrote WHAT I WANTED TO WRITE. And out of that came the proposal for my second book Heart, Soul & Sass: Write Your Way to a Fully-Expressed Life (which will be published by Mango Media in 2019). This process also cleared the space to create this VERY course, which I began delivering in live workshop format the following year.
I stopped pushing and striving and even found that a large, corporate contract suddenly came my way, which prevented the financial hit I thought I would take. By giving myself the time and space to re-connect with my OWN creative self-expression, I recalibrated my path. And it has made all the difference – personally and professionally.
This programme is not about making bold moves as I did. Instead, it’s about finding pockets of time where you can tap into your creativity. It’s about transforming, growing, learning and developing. It’s about finding your joy, and purpose, and passion along the way. And ultimately, it’s about writing yourself into existence.
Week 1: Laying the foundations (some mindset matters)
Week 2: Tapping into your creative current
Week 3: Metaphor – the language of the soul
Week 4: Writing tools and techniques
Special & exciting
“This was special. Thank you! I feel like I can reach a new level of writing. Super excited about the journey. If anyone is interested in improving their creative writing skills, you need to get booked onto Greta Solomon’s workshops!”
Jazreena Harlow, buyer / merchandiser
Greta is a muse
“I highly recommend this workshop. It helped me get over my fear and I have enjoyed putting pen to paper again. Greta Solomon is a muse.”
Ampy Basa, Chef
“I thoroughly enjoyed last night. Writing can be so isolating at times. Beautiful people in the room and your warm energy made it all special.”
Marie Skilling, writer and coach
Greta is always inspiring
“I loved this workshop – it gave me insight into interesting blocks and luckily how to get past them… and spending time with Greta is always inspiring. I’d encourage anyone on the fence to climb on down and give yourself and your writing a present.”
Claire McAree, film producer, and The Artist’s Way facilitator
Other participants have called the live version of this workshop: “magical”, “inspiring”, “so much fun” and have said that it helped them to start writing on a daily basis. One said: “Your workshop woke me up – I continue to be inspired”.
When: We begin on Monday 8 October 2018, and the programme runs until Friday 2 November.
Where: It’s online so you can be anywhere in the world!
What you need: A notepad and pen. Around two hours a week. Plus, access to a computer and the internet.
Format: Weekly 15-minute training videos, plus worksheets and exercises. In addition, there’ll be a weekly 30-minute Facebook Live workshop and 30 minutes of live chatting (in the comments) after that. This will take place on Fridays at 1pm GMT.
I can’t make the Facebook Live workshops – can I still take part?
Yes, of course. You’ll be able to watch recordings of these at your leisure and catch-up whenever best suits you. Plus, the Facebook group will be there (outside this set time) as a place to share experiences, fears, hopes, dreams, and excavate writing blocks.
Is this course suitable for professional writers?
Yes, and lots of professional writers have taken the live version of this programme. Going professional can change both your writing habits and your attitude to what you write. It might mean that you rarely write for pleasure or in a creative way. It might also mean that you take fewer risks with your writing, as you get used to seeing ‘safe’ writing in the professional sphere. This programme is an opportunity to tap back into creativity, and write what YOU want to write, from YOUR heart.
What if I don’t want to publish my writing?
That’s completely fine – It’s totally up to you whether or not you want to publish what you write. Having said that, there are so many benefits to sharing your writing. And if you want to dip your toes into that, then our Facebook group will be a safe space to do so.
Feel free to email me with any other questions at greta [at] gretasolomon.com
Registration opens on Friday 14 September 2018
Click below to send me your email address. You’ll then receive a reminder email once the programme is open for sales.