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Evolution of a Story

In this series apprentice, Imari Berry selects essays from Jessica Conoley’s archives.  Imari shares why the essay resonates with her as a newer creative, & Jessica’s original essay follows. I chose this essay because: Dude this essay is everything! It is a first-hand experience of someone discovering who they are and becoming that person. It’s like watching a flower bloom for the first time. Love! Initial publication date: 1/19/2016 Evolution of a Story In the beginning there was a New …

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Did You Know? I post super secret content over on my Patreon.

On the 15th a Patron’s only post is going out about the 3rd book that inspired the founding of TCA. I told you all about Book #1 here & book #2 here. Initially, I felt a distinct loathing of book #3. The lessons it offered up were a little more than odd. (Real Scrooge McDuck style gold coins were involved in part of it.) If you’d like to become a Patron and get ALL of the stories (in addition to …

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My Birthday Month

In this series apprentice, Imari Berry selects essays from Jessica Conoley’s archives.  Imari shares why the essay resonates with her as a newer creative, & Jessica’s original essay follows. I chose this essay because: It’s so important to paint your own life. There will be people telling you what colors to use and what brushes to paint with, but use the colors you want to use. This essay is like watching Bob Ross paint- so soothing. Initial publication date: 11/24/2015 …

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September Co-working & Critique Crew dates – Great for Non-writers & Writers

Throughout September, 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 September’s upcoming sessions are: Wednesday 9/1 – 8 p.m. – 10 p.m. CST  Friday 9/3 – 10 a.m. – noon CST Monday 9/6 – 10 a.m. – 12 noon (*This is a US …

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Conferences are back & It feels a little strange.

I’m excited to present in real human life this Thursday and Friday at the SMIAH Writers Conference. Imari & I are both attending and we’ll be learning all the writerly things and meeting some new people. I’ll also be teaching a few things about the business side of writer world. I’m not going to lie, it feels pretty weird. I’m a little nervous about it and feel out of practice for presenting. I’ll have to put on a whole outside …

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My Retirement

In this series apprentice, Imari Berry selects essays from Jessica Conoley’s archives.  Imari shares why the essay resonates with her as a newer creative, & Jessica’s original essay follows. I chose this essay because: I don’t even know where to start with this essay. As a person who recently left a job they hated this essay screams at me. It makes me feel seen and validated in so many ways. Initial publication date: 11/10/2015 My Retirement When you retire at …

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August Co-working & Critique Crew dates – Great for Non-writers & Writers

Throughout August, I am hosting co-working dates and a critique group 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 To learn more about the business of running a Creative Career, including mindset challenges & tech assistance, join the TCA Insiders Tier for debut workshops. We …

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The Voice at the Back of My Neck

In this series apprentice, Imari Berry selects essays from Jessica Conoley’s archives.  Imari shares why the essay resonates with her as a newer creative, & Jessica’s original essay follows. I chose this essay because: Life has a lot of “What Ifs” and this essay talks about how scary they can be, but it also talks about fear. Sometimes playing it safe isn’t the right answer. A lot of times doing what we fear the most is the answer. But that …

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The Creative’s Apprentice is live!

We did it! TCA is live, and I’m very proud of what Imari, Natasha, & I are building. Six months from idea to inception is pretty good. Especially when I factor in the six weeks of family leave I took in the middle. I launched our TCA on-demand classes with a class on Mindset, because our Mindset is the key to the most important choices we make in our careers. I know my advice over at TCA is tailored to …

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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!