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.

Increased productivity. It’s on everyone’s minds—especially writers’.

We are required to do more than ever before. Not only must we continue to produce our work, but we are 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, speaking, and more.

Learn what’s holding you back from accomplishing what you want to accomplish, and what steps you need to take to turn it all around.


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 actors, painters, writers, and other talented people struggled.

This monster threatens to sabotage our dreams. It’s why we procrastinate, fail to finish our projects, and proceed more slowly in our careers than we would like. Learn the true destructive nature of this ugly emotion, how to turn it from an enemy to an ally, and the steps you need to take to get past it every time it rears its ugly head.


Build Writing CareerHow to Build the Perfect Writing Career…for YOU

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!


Freelance PersonalityThe Freelancer’s Personality:
Do You Have What it Takes to Quit the Day Job?

A lot of writers are interested in the freelance lifestyle.

But how do you know if you’re cut out for the profession?

After all, not everyone can manage a full-time business from home. And even if the idea of working every day in your sweats sounds like the ultimate in occupational bliss, before you take that leap, shouldn’t you know what it’s really like—and if it’s right for you?


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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