Jessica Conoley

SMIAH Writers Conference – Aug 26th-28th

Join me Thursday, August 26th & Friday, August 27th at the SMIAH Writers Conference. Register now at: https://www.smiahwritersconference.com/register I’m excited to be presenting an extended Business of Writing and Authorship workshop on Thursday and Author Websites 101 on Friday. Jennifer Nielsen & Emily Bleeker are keynote speakers for this Blue Springs, MO based conference. I love that they are offering both in-person and virtual options this year. Can’t wait to connect with writers in person again!

It’s coming, July 7th!

Remember how I was gifted 3 books in January & that lead to a massive idea?  Well I finally read that 3rd book & that massive idea is coming to the world next month! The Creative’s Apprentice first on demand course will be available to the world on July 7th. Head over to https://thecreativesapprentice.com/  right now and see how spectacular, spectacular things are shaping up for the launch. And there’s a brand new article “The Most Significant Choice of Your …

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Categories TCA

July Co-working & Critique Crew dates- Great for writers & non-writers

Throughout July, I am hosting co-working dates & a critique group. Try a co-working session to help focus and motivate you to get some work done. Co-working sessions run: Mondays 10 a.m. – noon CST Wednesdays 8 p.m. – 10 p.m. CST Fridays 10 a.m. – noon CST To learn more about the business of running a Creative Career, including mindset challenges & tech assistance, join the TCA Insiders Tier for debut workshops. July’s upcoming sessions are: Friday 7/2 – 10 …

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Writers Helping Writers

I’m excited to have my work on Building Your Writing Support Triangle featured over on Writers Helping Writers. They’re publishing my work three weeks in a row! Last week we talked about Critique Support; we’ll cover mentors and accountability next. Thank you Angela Ackerman & Becca Puglisi for having me! Check out WritersHelpingWriters.net to read more.

6/14 7:30 p.m. CST-Mindset Challenges of a Writing Career Class

I realized I can teach you everything about business-ing, but if we don’t have our mindset in the right place it’s all irrelevant. So, I decided our June 14, 2021 Monday night class is going to be: Mindset Challenges of a Writing Career.  Writing is a hard industry,  but it’s impossible if we don’t have the right mindset. This workshop  delves into the mental challenges you’ll face in a creative career. Walk  away with a series of exercises and resources …

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June workshops + new Friday co-working hours

Throughout June, I am hosting co-working dates, a critique group, and a business for creatives workshop via a virtual zoom room. Try a co-working session to help focus and motivate you to get some work done. Co-working sessions run: Mondays 10 a.m. – noon CST Wednesdays 8 p.m. – 10 p.m. CST Fridays 10 a.m. – noon CST **please note new start time for Friday co-working To learn more about the business of running a Creative Career, including mindset challenges …

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Your Final Responsibility to Your Story: Creative Stewardship

Last week, Jane Friedman published my latest non-fiction article “Your Final Responsibility to Your Story: Creative Stewardship.” As writers, it can feel daunting, vulnerable, and impossible when we contemplate sending our own stories out into the world. So when end stage paralysis strikes you, it’s time to step away from your identity as writer, and into your role as creative steward. Creative stewardship fulfills our final responsibility to a story— placing it in the best position to connect with readers. …

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Work with Jessica one-on-one this summer.

I’m not sure if I’ll continue one-on-one coaching after my new business, The Creative’s Apprentice, launches this fall. And, because I want the launch to be a success, while still delivering high quality editorial & coaching services, this summer I’m only going to take one coaching client.  The coaching package includes a full developmental edit, and one-on-one weekly coaching throughout the summer. (12 weeks total.)  If you have a manuscript draft and would like help with your revisions this is …

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Thank You for all the BOOK recommendations!

I asked you to help me find books about writing that read like memoir, & you all came through in the most spectacular fashion. Thank you! I only need one book, but so many great and highly recommended titles came through I thought it best to share the whole list with everyone. The Poetry Home Repair Manual by Ted Kooser On Writing Well by William Zinsser Save the Cat Jessica Brody Pity the Reader by Kurt Vonnegut How to Write: …

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Help Me Find Books, please!

Do you have a favorite book on writing that reads like a memoir? This November I’m working on a secret project with the Johnson County Public Library. To prepare for it I need to find find as many books as I can that are about writing, but read like memoir. Well known books along these lines are Stephen King’s, On Writing and Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird. Please, please, please reply to this email and let me know your favorite …

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