Rewire Your What-ifs: Creativity and Confidence Coaching

Rewire Your What-ifs: Creativity and Confidence Coaching

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£210 – £295

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Rewire your “what if…” circuitry away from fear or anxiety, and towards engagement with your goals, values and personality.

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Rewire your “what if…” circuitry away from fear or anxiety, and towards engagement with your goals, values and personality. Each session will be a mix of practical coaching tools and creative exercises to get you more comfortable in your driving seat for art, work and life.

Dr Rachel Knightley is a fiction and non-fiction author, presenter and business and personal development coach. She trained in Teaching Creative Writing at the University of Cambridge and is completing her PGCert with Barefoot Coaching and the Uviersity of Chester in autumn 2022.She writes and presents for Starburst Magazine and YouTube Channel, and Indicator Films. Books include Beyond Glass (Black Shuck Books), GCSE Drama and Study Guide (Illuminate/Hodder Education) and Your Creative Writing Toolkit.

Week 1: Goal-setting

Sometimes a busy or stressful time means dealing with the ‘immediate’ in our lives constantly and the ‘important’ more rarely. This can mean what we want takes a back-seat to what we fear. Today is a chance to connect with each other, reconnect with ourselves and explore relaxing and intriguing coaching tools to focus on what you enjoy, love, value, and what steps can connect your wishes and hopes to your habits and goals for the work, art and life you want.

Week 2: Characterisation – in Life and Art!

Who are the characters that we carry in our minds, whose opinions, wishes and values affect our decision-making? Both in our fiction and day-to-day life, today is an opportunity to get to know those voices, ask what they want, and ask yourself whether you still want them as major or minor characters. Enjoy a mix of exercises to bring your own voice out of the chorus, and actively select which voices get to stay in your backing group!

Week 3: Plotting – The Story So Far

Today we explore the relationship between character and plot: how events create characters, but also how characters, as they change, change the world around them as a result. Enjoy a mix of practical exercises, story tools and problem-solving activities to make your story grow your way. These techniques will work for decisions on the page as well as those you make in work, at home and with family and friends.

Week 4: Time and Place

Today we’ll look at what it means to feel present in your life and story, and how that sense of being present allows you to experience and utilise your time. Make un-rushed, value-centred choices about what you do, how and who you spend your time with and what you give space to in life and on the page. Explore and develop incisive questions for your unique story, on the page and off it!

Week 5: Freedom Not Fear: Approaching the Blank Page

When you are clear about your character’s objective, it’s much easier to know what dialogue and actions they will select. This is just as true in life as it is on the page or on the stage. Today, we’ll be using tools, activities and resources to explore self-direction and value-aligned action. Bring “show don’t tell” into your boundaries in work and life, and into the quality of your creative and professional writing.

Week 6: Moving Forward

A celebration and summary of the discoveries you’ve made in art, work and life. Requests welcome for any favourite exercises to revisit, as we honour the journeys so far and plan for what happens next. Looking back to goal-setting in week 1, what are the things that were important to you then and how are you going to keep the ‘important’ above water when the ‘immediate’ is all around?

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