Creativity Coaching

Are you a writer who… 

  • Isn’t writing and feels grief, guilt, fear about that?
  • Gets side-tracked too often by procrastination, the Internet, or other distractions?
  • Feels nervous because time keeps passing and you’re not getting any closer to your creative goals?
  • Bounces from creative idea to creative idea, confused about which to choose?
  • Gets anxious when approaching your creative space/work?
  • Feels like you’ve achieved some success but are struggling with what to do next?
  • Wants an accountability partner to keep you focussed on your goals?

Let me help you get back to your life’s work.  

As a creativity coach, I help writers who aren’t writing or who aren’t working as well as they could.

“I’m feeling really great about the writing; thank you so much for helping me get my practice back!” – E.C.

Together, we will focus on strengthening your writing practice, setting goals and working towards them. We will recognize your resources and strengths, and address and overcome resistances and fears that might be getting in the way of your writing.

I work with writers in all stages: those who are working on their third novel and those who loved to write as children and want to put pen to paper again but aren’t sure how to start.

Through email and/or phone/video chat and a variety of discussion, practical exercises and goal-setting, I will help you move forward in as real and lasting a way as possible.

Here’s what one client had to say after we worked together for three months: “I’m writing regularly on my own stuff now, in the morning before the kids wake up. This is something I’ve been wanting to do for 20+ years, but I’ve always had reasons why I couldn’t keep it up: the year-end is due, I have freelance writing deadlines, I have a 10+ item list of admin tasks, I’m a Mom, I’m busy!  Lauren, very patiently, supportively, and non-judgmentally, gave me resources that spoke to my situation, put up a mirror to my “crazies”, and encouraged me to kick them down one by one. It was quite a journey and I’m eternally grateful!”

Do you want to get back to your creative self? Email me today! 

“Lauren created a safe space for me to work through my fears and anxieties.” – A. K.

Packages 

Initial email or Skype consult: FREE! 

Petal: Single sessions by Skype (video on or off). $40/hour.

Bud: Unlimited email exchanges (except weekends). Minimum commitment one month. $175/month – – plus free enrolment in my online course, Nine Simple Steps To A Solid Writing Practice (a $50 value!)

Bloom: Unlimited email exchanges (except weekends), plus one monthly 30-40 minute phone, Facetime, Skype or Google Hangout session. Minimum commitment one month. $250/month – plus free enrolment in my online course, Nine Simple Steps To A Solid Writing Practice (a $50 value!)

Blossom: Unlimited email exchanges (except weekends), plus two 30-40 minute phone, Facetime, Skype or Google Hangout sessions per month. Minimum commitment one month. $300/month – plus free enrolment in my online course, Nine Simple Steps To A Solid Writing Practice (a $50 value!)

“Not writing at all leads to nothing.”
—Anna Quindlen

Want to do something different? Let me know and I can design a package that meets your needs. Or, sign up for my online video course, Nine Simple Steps to a Solid Writing Practice.

Ready to start working towards your dreams? Write to me at lauren@laurencarter.ca, and I’ll get back to you right away.

F.A.Q.’s 

What is a creativity coach?

Simply put, a creativity coach is an artist with the training to help another artist address and manage common issues in the artistic process: practice-building, anxiety, self-doubt, blockage, fear of failure, perfectionism, procrastination, and other things that can prevent a person from moving forward with his, her, their work.

We can also look at career and marketplace issues and other issues that can arise for people who choose to live the life of a creator.

My objective is to help you begin or continue to fully and contentedly express your creative self and find success on that path!

How does it work? 

Creativity coaching is basically an on-going conversation. Generally, we would begin by setting some goals and then start taking a look at what’s coming up on your journey to fulfill them (perhaps you can’t seem to get to your writing desk or you keep procrastinating on sending out that short story). We talk about what could help and I offer exercises, readings and ideas for techniques aimed at managing anxiety and moving forward. It also helps to simply have someone there to make you accountable for your practice (because let’s not forget that you have to work hard at this)! Depending on your package, we will communicate through email and/or talk on the phone or over FaceTime, Skype or another Web medium.

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Are you trained as a coach?

I am a member of the Creativity Coaching Association, and am currently training towards certification. In addition, I have an MFA in Creative Writing, over twenty years’  experience as a working writer, and hold a certificate in Teaching and Training Adults. For several years, I taught communications and creative writing at the post-secondary level, and continue to teach well- received workshops and engage in one-on-one creative writing mentorship and feedback sessions independently and as writer-in-residence for various organizations.

What inspired this path?

While immersed in writing my first novel and the intense creative work of pursuing my MFA, I became gripped by anxiety and self-doubt. It was then that I discovered the work of Eric Maisel, a psychotherapist, creativity coach and writer who has written over 40 books about mental health and impediments common to the creative process. This was so exciting to me: discovering that all the quietly sticky things I’d felt for years were actually common to most artists! Lightbulb!

Since then, I’ve studied with Eric in San Francisco and online and in the process, have learned how to accept and overcome many of the anxieties and difficulties of daily writing practice and the professional writer’s life. Because of this work, I’ve found it much easier to regularly show up for and honour the practice of writing in my life.

Something must be working: in the past four years, I’ve acquired an agent, successfully published my first novel, completed a poetry manuscript and a short story collection, and nearly finished a new novel, with the draft of another written and ready for revision, while also winning various grants and awards.

What have people said about your work as a coach and a teacher? 

Here are a few tidbits:

“I’m writing regularly on my own stuff now, in the morning before the kids wake up. This is something I’ve been wanting to do for 20+ years. But I’ve always had reasons why I could not keep it up: the year-end is due, I have freelance writing deadlines, I have a 10+ item list of admin tasks, I’m a Mom, I’m busy!  Lauren, very patiently, supportively, and non-judgmentally, gave me resources that spoke to my situation, put up a mirror to my “crazies”, and encouraged me to kick them down one by one. It was quite a journey and I’m eternally grateful!” – A. Gallop

“Lauren is a personable, astute listener-teacher who gives thought-provoking challenges and exercises.” – M. Guymer

“Lauren provided excellent instruction, exercises and a trusting positive environment in which to explore and grow.” – J. Lore

Convinced? Shoot me a note, and let’s get started!!!

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