Writing Mind, Body, Spirit

Maggie Hamilton

Saturday 1 April 2023, 10am-4pm

Full Price: $210
Member: $155
Conc Member: $135

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This creative writing course, Writing Mind, Body and Spirit with Maggie Hamilton, will be held at Writing NSW in Sydney.

What sets winning inspirational books apart? What key skills help get you over the line? What are mind, body, spirit readers looking for right now? Join author Maggie Hamilton to deep dive into the mind, body, spirit genre. A former Allen & Unwin publisher, Maggie created and ran the Inspired Living imprint, producing over 75 mind, body, spirit books.

In this lively hands-on workshop for unpublished and published writers, discover how best to describe inspirational experiences and approaches, and how to build on these insights to keep busy readers with you. Learn what to leave in, and what to edit out. Find out how best to arrive at your own voice, and to weave in the voices of others.

We’ll cover:

  • Current mind, body, spirit trends
  • Understanding your audience
  • Common mistakes mind, body, spirit writers make
  • How to draw up a solid chapter outline
  • The secrets of an impactful opening
  • What to do when a chapter or section feels thin
  • When to consider using case studies
  • The rules around interviewing
  • Why layering matters
  • Essential editing tips
  • How to keep your readers with you to the last page
  • What to look for when soliciting feedback
  • Preparing your submission to publishers

Is this course right for you? Read our FAQ >

Expected learning outcomes

Participants will learn:

  1. Write to your specific audience
  2. Finetune your ideas and polish your manuscript
  3. Know when your manuscript is ready for submission

Participant requirements

Please read our FAQ before enrolling.

Bring your own paper, two different colours of pen.

Before the course, please read the following essays:

When reading these essays consider: Where is their power – how can you work with this?

If you are feeling unwell and experiencing any COVID-related symptoms on the day of the course, you must stay at home and contact us to let us know. As a participant in this course, you will be required to follow all COVID safety measures in place by Writing NSW to ensure the health and wellbeing of our community.

If you have questions about this course and/or COVID-safe guidelines, please contact us.

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