For Writers Looking for a New Approach

When you’re building a business, they’ll often tell you to get to the “why”. Why are you running this business at this time? What’s driving you? What’s motivating you? Why you? Why this biz? Why now? I’ve been a book coach for 20 years and have helped thousands of people write their stories, in workshops […]

Part 1: What is a Book Coach?

When I became a book coach nearly 20 years ago, I’d actually never heard the term before. I knew about life coaches and fitness coaches, but coaching on a book? I was teaching fiction writing in a university extension program when one of the students came up to me after class. Would I work with […]

Revolution of Voice: Free Book

You’re a coach, speaker, novelist, or other agent of change, and you’re feeling the call to write a book. Where do you begin? No longer can the global narrative be held in the hands of a few. It’s time to step up, and help shift the story to one of healing. Now more than ever, […]

Creating Dynamic Characters

For those of you who have read my second novel, AIR, you may recognize this painting. After reading the second novel in the Elemental Journey Series, Massachusetts’ artist Gay Tracy (gaytracy.com), felt compelled to paint Usui, the Jesuit missionary who becomes a friend and a mentor to Pearl, the protagonist. In this scene, the homeless […]

Earth Day: Portland Metaphysical Writing Workshop

On Earth Day 2016, in Portland and across Oregon, you’ll find a plethora of outdoor events. But what about the inner landscape? What about our personal relationship to soil and sky? To change the effect we’re having on the earth, we must also look inward and fertilize our souls. Authors Caroline Allen and Rev. Judith […]

Writing and Psychic Channeling

    What would happen if you combined novel, memoir or screenplay writing with psychic channeling? Could you psychically explore your protagonist to get down to the core of his or her belief system? Could you channel a plot? Don’t many famous writers say that they feel like they’re “channeling” when they write, with information […]

How to write: Just slap it down!

Sing it, sister, oil bar on paper, 15-minute painting series, http://www.carolineallen.com ALL WEEK, the theme with several clients has been letting go of control, not trying to be perfect, letting the words flow, or as one client put it “just slapping the writing down”. I’ve spent more time this week discussing the process of writing than […]

Owning the Ugly, Part 2

Running in circles, http://www.carolineallen.com I was listening to NPR the other day to an interview with Eve Ensler who in 1996 wrote the Vagina Monologues. The monologues led to the development of V-Day, a global non-profit movement that has raised millions for women’s anti-violence groups around the world. Ensler was being interviewed on On Point, […]

Owning the ugly

Wheel of Fortune, acrylic on canvas, 20″ x 20″, http://www.carolineallen.com. In July of this year, I underwent surgery for a total thyroidectomy. It wasn’t cancer, just a thyroid that was profoundly overactive, speeding up my metabolism so fast that I went down four sizes in less than three months. Luckily, I enjoy Romney-care in Massachusetts, […]

Writing a book? Take the Leap!

I had a dream last night. A new writer stood on a cliff in a vast landscape, just at the edge of a crevasse. What a vista she had standing there, the land full of wild rock formations, dramatic cloud shadows. The cliff she stood on faced another land mass just mere feet away. I […]