Colleen M. Story speaks to audiences interested in writing, creativity, productivity, overcoming self-doubt, increasing motivation, and more. She also responds to requests for topics, so feel free to ask.

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Creative Burnout:
How to Restore Your Energy, Ideas, and Love for Your Work

Creativity is one of the most coveted skills in today’s world.

Those that have it love using it, and those who receive it want more. Unfortunately, that means creative people can often suffer burnout.

Inspiration, the demands of an employer or marketplace, and our own expectations of ourselves can all motivate us to go at it too hard for too long. Eventually, we start to break down. The ideas stop coming. Our motivation disappears. We get depressed.

We may experience other symptoms too, like chronic fatigue, aches and pains, depression, and a gradual downslide in our output. If we keep going, we may begin to wonder why we ever thought we were creative in the first place.

In this class, lean how the creative soul works, and what factors sabotage it to cause burnout. Figure out what you may be doing to neglect your unique temperament, and how you can nurture yourself back to where your ideas are popping again. Finally, discover why your creative muse is your best friend, and what rules you must never break when partnering up with her.


The Secrets of Optimal Productivity:
What You Really Need to Get More Done in Less Time

Hint: It’s not about new apps or improved multi-tasking.

Writers are required to do more than ever before. Not only must we produce our work, but we’re also feeling the pressure to blog, be active on social media, and market, which includes a number of other tasks such as guest blogging, running giveaways, conducting book signings, and more.

Meanwhile we’re constantly bombarded by an unprecedented amount of information and temptations to distraction. How is a writer to manage it all?

Learn what’s holding you back from accomplishing what you need to accomplish, and how to turn it all around. Discover the very real dangers of distraction and decision fatigue, how modern-day “busyness” kills creativity, and why you feel like you’re constantly behind.

Discover your unique time personality and how to use it to boost productivity, then use the five solutions to get more done, find more time to write, and enjoy a break now and then, too.


Monster-CropThe Monster in Every Writer’s Closet:
Free Your Writing Process from Self-Doubt Sabotage

If there’s one thing all writers share, it’s self-doubt.

Even the most successful writers and bestselling novelists struggle with it. Most try to ignore it, but self-doubt is devious, destructive, and extremely detrimental to your writing dreams.

It’s why writers procrastinate, stay stuck in “small thinking,” and progress more slowly than they should. It’s also why they struggle to find time to write and battle with writer’s block

Learn the seven ways self-doubt sabotages your writing goals and dreams, and discover whether it may be working its sinister spell on you right now. Find out how to pinpoint the symptoms of self-doubt malaise, and how to prevent it from destroying the one thing you can’t afford to lose: your creative instincts.

Finally, discover how you can actually turn self-doubt from an enemy to an ally. Walk away armed with the tools you need to decrease its power over you and more confidently follow your intuition toward future writing success.


Build Writing CareerHow to Build the Perfect Writing Career…for YOU:
Supercharge Your Writing Life with New Possible Career Paths

Are you thinking too small to reach your creative career goals?

You probably started off writing thinking one thing: bestselling book! Then you quickly realized that a) that’s not as easy as you thought, and b) even if it happens, it doesn’t necessarily create the career you hoped for.

Fortunately, today’s world offers authors numerous options when it comes to building a business. Find out what they are, and whether or not they may work for you. Colleen will then help you discover what your strengths are, how to use them to expand your offerings, and how to create a career that is uniquely yours.


Avoid Mistakes

7 Mistakes to Avoid on Your Way to a Publishing Contract

Are you making these mistakes right now?

When going for that first publishing contract, there are things most writers do that slow them down, stall their progress, and make it more difficult for them to reach their goals.

You don’t have to be one of them.

In this workshop, you’ll learn the 7 mistakes many writers make when trying to get that first book published, and why they’re so detrimental to your progress. Then you’ll find out not only how to avoid them, but how to do the opposite—so you are more likely to get that contract you want.

Arm yourself with the knowledge you need to avoid these common writing traps, and reach your goal of publication!


Woman-Write-Bench-300x225Writing to Heal: How to Turn Your Tough Experience Into Something Beautiful

Traumas, illnesses, losses—they all leave their scars.

We may try to stuff it away inside, but it lingers. We may try to talk about it, but often others don’t understand.

Even when we recover, we may feel, somehow, at a loss. What do we do with all the experiences we’ve had? How do we manage the feelings we feel? Can we somehow find meaning in the suffering we’ve endured?

In this class, you’ll discover the magical way writing can help you heal. Learn about how it works on your mind and heart, how it can help you process your emotions, and the many ways the act of writing can take you from broken and confused to confident and renewed. Learn ways you can get started on your own writing-to-heal practice, with options for how to express your experience in journal entries, short stories, poems, and even music.

When you leave this class, you’ll feel a new sense of hope and purpose. Plus, you’ll have gained tools you can apply in your everyday life that will help you feel like you’ve reclaimed your sense of wholeness and can finally move forward once again.


Writer-Cafe-News-300x225Were You Meant to be a Writer? Signs the Writing Life is for You

Maybe you’ve thought about it now and then, but you’re just not sure.

Is writing for you? Do you really have a “writer’s personality?” What about talent? Is that something that’s in you?

Find out the telltale signs, and how to take action if you’re truly the writer type. Designed for teens and adults.


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