“Who Do You Think You Are?” The Top 5 Blocks For Writers

The book coaching process, especially at the beginning, can be a very safe space. The coach is there to nurture the new writer, to allow experimentation, offer inspiration, provide support, and pass on constructive advice. We aim to OPEN the writer, and that only happens with unconditional love for the person and the creative process. […]

Finding Purpose: Turn Left!

I know turning left can be scary. Each time I’ve turned left, I’ve felt more out on a limb, even farther from fitting into society. The road is full of bumps and pot holes, and we may have to clear a fallen tree, and move branches blocking the way. And we sure the heck are not sure where it leads. But we do know where the old road leads…

Who are you to write about it?

The days and hours of our creation are spread out like the land, past and present cheek by jowl.

February Writing Workshop: Creative Writing 101 E-Course

Enrollment Now Open! Explore your Personal Mythology. Align with your higher creativity. Excavate your authentic voice.  Life-changing. Unique. Profound. Moving. These are just some of the words used to describe the radical writing e-course, Creative Writing 101. Now open for enrollment for a workshop beginning February 6th, this is a seven-week course taken from the privacy of your […]

Writing the Expat Novel

Assisi, Italy, http://www.carolineallen.com   I’m working on a series of four novels, EARTH, AIR, FIRE and WATER, two of which are expat novels (stories set in foreign countries). In EARTH, my protagonist is rooted to a farm in America. In AIR, she floats above the culture in the Orient. In FIRE, her ego is burned […]

Writing a book: Exploring Voice Around the World

Somewhere in London, 15-Minute Painting Series, http://www.carolineallen.com, 2012 When I was a little girl in Missouri, we had only two books in the house, a King James Bible and the Farmer’s Almanac. I was voracious for books, insatiable. I remember reading and re-reading food labels, anything to be able to absorb the glory of words. […]

A Revolution of Voice

What do the Arab Spring, recent protests in Turkey, Egypt and Brazil and the Occupy movement have to do with you as a writer?  What significance do these revolutionary waves of protests across the globe have to the basics of storytelling in the world? Writ large on the world stage is the voice of change, […]