The Yin and Yang of a Writer’s Life
with Jan Phillips
To live creatively is to live from the soul, to shape our circumstances out of our deepest desires. —Jan Phillips
6-Part Video Course
Author, workshop director, and social activist Jan Phillips has a unique way to inspire and guide us to live life as a work of art.
“In the creative process, we are called to co-create with the thing that wants birthing. We must listen, open ourselves, summon courage, commit ourselves to the task, and begin. And this is the hardest part: in the face of nothing, we must begin. Not waiting for the sentence to be fully formed before writing the first word. Not waiting for the completed image to manifest in our minds before approaching the canvas.”
In this six-session online intensive writing workshop Jan will delve into the intuitive, interior creative side and the logical, external marketing side of a writer’s life. She will cover both the WHY-TO and the HOW-TO of the writing craft, since it is the fusion of both that leads to creative combustion and commercial success.
Guest authors and poets join each class and there are writing prompts every session to warm up.
What you will learn during the course
- Getting clear on why you’re writing and who are your readers
- Finding your voice and trusting its authority whether you’re writing songs, novels, blogs, non-fiction, or poetry
- Making the proper time and space to support your work
- Approaching your writing as a spiritual practice
- Knowing how to sustain your enthusiasm & where to go when you need help
- Wrestling with the publish/self-publish/do I need an agent conundrums
- Using every avenue for creating your platform, growing your audience and expanding your creative reach
Feedback about Jan’s course
“Thank you Jan for your refreshing spirit and vivid candour, but most of all, for delivering such ‘deepness’ with touching wit and endearing humour. It was an ‘enchantingly’ inspiring little odyssey into the World of Words and dreams.”
—Nina, Unionville, Ontario, Canada
“Thanks for a wonderful six sessions! Learning with you about living in our world as a writer has lifted my spirits. It’s raised my awareness of myself, my writing habits and the writing industry.”
—Mary, Zurich, Switzerland
“Jan Phillips reconnects us to the fire of our creative essence.”
—Sonia Choquette, Ph.D.
About Jan Phillips
JAN PHILLIPS is a visionary thought leader, award-winning author, and dynamic speaker. She is co-founder and executive director of the Livingkindness Foundation.
Jan has worked in 23 countries presenting keynotes, workshops, and retreats. Blending east and west, art and activism, reflection and ritual, Jan’s presentations are transformative, uplifting and soul-stirring.
Her own quest has led her into and out of a religious community, across the U.S. on a Honda motorcycle, and around the world on a one-woman peace pilgrimage. She worked with Mother Teresa, sang with Pete Seeger, and taught with Jane Goodall.
Jan is the author of ten award-winning books including Creativity Unzipped: Why Your Thoughts Matter (2016), Finding the On-Ramp to Your Spiritual Path: A Roadmap to Joy and Rejuvenation (2013), and Marry Your Muse: Making a Lasting Commitment to Your Creativity (1997).
Jan’s work has been published in the New York Times, Ms Magazine, The Sun, Newsday, People Magazine, Christian Science Monitor, New Age Journal, National Catholic Reporter and Utne Reader.
She has won awards for outstanding writing and photography from the New York Press Association, the National Organization for Women, the National Catholic Press Association, the National Federation of Press Women, the National Religious Press Association, the Syracuse Press Club, and Spirituality & Practice.