Writing Mind, Body, Spirit

Maggie Hamilton

Saturday 6 April 2024, 10am-4pm

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

This writing course, Writing Mind, Body, 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 when writing a motivational book? 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.

Is this course right for you? Read our FAQ >>

In this lively hands-on workshop for unpublished and published writers, discover how best to describe inspirational experiences and approaches, and how to build on these insights to keep busy readers with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.

Expected learning outcomes

In this workshop, you will:

  1. Learn to write to your specific audience
  2. Learn how to fine tune your ideas and polish your manuscript
  3. Gain an understanding of when your manuscript is ready for submission.

This workshop takes place at Writing NSW in Sydney.

Participant requirements

Pen (in two colours if possible) and paper, or a fully charged device. Please read our FAQ before enrolling.

If you have questions about this course, please contact us.

Before the course, please read the following essays:

Clarissa Pinkola Estes on Story as Medicine: https://scholarworks.gvsu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1951&context=mrj

Joan Didion on the Santa Anas: misswhistle.blogspot.com/2007/10/joan-didion-on-santa-anas.html

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


‘The content was abundantly helpful and the presenter extremely generous in sharing her relevant knowledge. Maggie has a talent for allowing participants to feel entirely seen and heard, weaving their comments and ideas into the teachings. An unforgettable day for many of us.’ — Leigh, 2022

‘It was so practical and covered all aspects from ideation to publication.’ — Alex, 2022

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