Hey there, Writer Friend!
Or maybe you’d prefer “would like to be a writer” friend.
Either way, let’s talk about your writing life.
(Or lack of.)
And, because these things always go hand in hand, let’s also talk about:
your inner creative life
how your creativity wants to light up your professional life
the insistent call of your own stories
the passions that feel so hard to put into words
Whether you have a book in progress, a blog, a book trapped inside you, or just really wish you could make your journaling habit feel more “real” you long to make writing a consistent, nurturing part of your routine.
I have a feeling the following things are true - and so are the things that keep you from creating your writing life and making writing a core part of your identity…
You have a story - or countless stories - that you long to tell.
(But you have a lot of reasons for why you haven’t put them on the page.)
You get that “writing heals.”
(And you know that this is true in both a deeply personal and vast collective sort of way, but you don’t always give yourself that “luxury.” )
You know you feel better when you write.
(But self-care can often be one of those things that you push to the edges of your day, week, or, ok… almost never.)
You find it difficult to describe the stuff that matters most.
(This might be your spiritual journey, your artistic yearnings, or “the woo” that doesn’t seem to fit in with people’s expectations of you and your work.)
You’d thrive in a circle of meaning makers who believe in magic and are also on a mission to make the real world more beautiful, bearable, and bold.
(There’s no “but” about this one… you really just want this kind of community.)
Does this resonate?
I know that all this has been true for me at some point.
And so, I envision a place for us…
A haven for writers who write to heal and healers who heal through writing.
A judgement-free community where showing up just as you are is what really matters and where “is my writing good enough?” is never a question you need to ask.
An online gathering space that exists in order to give you the time, space, and permission to prioritize your writing practice (perhaps after a period of struggle, perhaps for the first time ever).
A place to be honest with yourself about all the ways you resist your own creativity, possibility, and brilliance.
A haven where you can explore what’s hardest to talk about: your spiritual awakenings, your confusion about the state of the world, your struggles to tell your story and open to the stories of others.
A circle that offers the companionship, coaching, and compassion, find your way through your blocks.
Ready to hear something amazing?
This place already exists -
and we want you in it!
It’s called the Sovereign Writers Circle. We've been writing together for nearly a year and
we’re currently accepting new members!
In case we haven't met yet, I'm Marisa Goudy.
I'm a writing coach, story healer, and a magic maker. I call myself a Word Witch and I know myself to be a Priestess of Sovereignty. I’m also and a student of energy medicine, myth, and spirituality. I've earned my stripes as a copywriter, website development firm owner, and digital marketer too. After years of supporting others’ writing projects, I am (finally!) working my own first book. The Book of Sovereignty: Free the Princess, Crown the Queen, Embrace the WiseWoman is in process and is due out in October 2019.
Writing has been part of my identity from the very beginning. But I also know what it's like to put down the pen for years at a time and to forget that my mind, my heart, and my soul all need words.
I completely believe that it's possible for you to make a writing practice part of your busy life. As a mama to two young daughters, a wife who needs to do my share of the housework (even if I’d prefer to retreat to my book), and a entrepreneur who needs to serve my clients, it’s been easy to put my own words last.
Now that I've found my writing groove in the midst of running a family and a business and also being an embodied spiritual creature who actually fits in a bit of self-care, I'm here to share all that I know about how to do it sustainably and joyfully.
It's my great privilege to help you balance the creative practice that feeds the soul even as you maintain a professional practice that buys the groceries.
Yes, that says “apply” but this isn’t about critiquing your writing! I’m interested in ensuring that this group will offer you what you need and that your energy matches “the unicorns” in the SWC.
What’s included in your Sovereign Writers Circle membership?
You’re invited to join us for six group calls per month:
Weekly writing practice sessions. Every hour-long session includes two brand new, written just for you Sovereign Writers writing prompts. Opening with a brief meditation and closing with a conversation about the the writing process, there's time to share the ideas that came through and set intentions for future work. You can count on at least 45 minutes to write into the day’s prompts or spend time on your own project.
One group writing coaching & story healing call. Bring your questions and your works-in-progress to this 90 minute group session. You'll get my intuitive counsel and practical expertise during this meeting, and you can expect something of immeasurable valuable: the compassion and wisdom of your fellow writer-healer-seekers who are also on their own quest to discover and tell their sovereign stories.
One session with a featured guest expert who joins us to talk about creativity, marketing, publishing, healing, and self-care, and take your questions.
And, all month long you will enjoy:
A match with carefully selected writing partner (this is optional, and the relationship is what you and your partner make of it, but it really could be extraordinary...)
A private members’ forum where you can connect with your fellow Sovereign Writers, find inspiration, talk about what's working and what's not, and find readers for your work.
Access to the entire library of past calls and prompts: You can press “play” anytime and write along with us. There’s always something special about writing in community - even when you’re connecting across time and space.
Discounted one-on-one Story Healing & Writing Coaching sessions: 60-minute sessions with me are $150, but you can book hourlong appointments with me for $109 (that's a savings of over 25%).
Kind Words from SWC "Unicorns"
"Marisa is a maker of magic when it comes to words. She is masterful at helping others find their own magic and then encourage them to take their first wobbly steps towards writing independence by connecting them to other writers so they can support each other. The Sovereign Writing is a veritable cauldron where new magic makers will be born."
- Kirsten Goffena, Licensed Professional Counselor & Momma Mentor, Lost In Motherhood
"Marisa's affection for words and stories and the truest-truths shape her work into more than a being a writing coach, but a story healer. The sacred space she holds around my writing allows me to feel my way through a story that has felt unspeakable. She's been doing her own writing and magic-making thing for so long that it feels safe to let her guide and challenge me. With her help, I've begun to tell my truest-truths and welcome parts of my magical, playful spirit that had been hidden for years."
The coaching calls are so helpful when it comes to the internal struggles with what and where I write, acknowledgement that there are different parts of ourselves that need expression, that it takes TIME to write, and more.
Marisa, I love your style and energy and am really impressed with this process and community you’ve created. Wow!
- Gwen Riedl, GROW Coaching and Consulting
This is what we have learned as a community of people who show up to write together each week:
As soon as you give yourself the space and the permission to show up fully to your vision, to your story, and to the page, something magical starts to happen.
When you join with others on a similar path, you find momentum.
Consciously and lovingly crafted writing prompts expand the portals to your own creativity and truth in ways that that you never thought possible.
Once you find a guide who understand this balance intimately and who is fiercely dedicated to the healing power of words and the ways that stories shape and change our world...
This magical combination sets the stage for powerful, sustainable integration of your creative life, your professional life, and your “real” life.
This is when you can start getting comfortable with establishing a writing practice and calling yourself a writer.
This is when you consistently begin to put words on the page that heal you, your community, and the world.
Some of Our Guest Experts, Past & Future
(You get access to all the sessions when you join the group!)
Morgan Gist MacDonald is Founder & CEO of Paper Raven Books.
In this strategy workshop, you discover the four types of publishing: 1) traditional publishing, 2) self-publishing, 3) hybrid publishing 4) team publishing, and how to know which is right for you.
Loraine Van Tuyl PhD, is a licensed holistic psychologist, shamanic practitioner, and author of the memoir Amazon Wisdom Keeper: A Psychologist's Memoir of Spiritual Awakening. She calls herself "your go-to expert for soul archeology and alchemy."
Loraine will talk with us about what it means to be a therapist who is telling her life story, her publishing journey, and the magic she lives every day.
Sheena Blake is the CEO of Discovering Diversity Publishing. She is also a writer and speaker and passionate about words.
We'll dive into what it means to build your own platform for your story and Sheena's mission to publish people of all ages from all walks of life in every genre.
Marita Rahlenbeck, founder and CEO of Harmonic Wholeness shares her brilliance on the topics of food, aromatherapy, and life transitions.
During our time together, Marita will talk about how to elevate the food you eat and the "Sacred Mundanity" you experience in order to nurture and enrich your creative practice.
Michal Spiegelman is an Intuitive Transformation Mentor, a Certified Professional Coach, and the founder of Beacons of Change.
Michal will share her practices for stepping into your power and sharing your gifts with the world in a bigger way. She'll also tell us what helps her be successful with blogging consistently once a week.
Christy Farr, AKA The Unruly Woman, is all about reclaiming ancient wisdom in a chaotic world.
She’s multitalented as they come, but her magic really shines through when it comes to space healing and shifting your relationship with your space to let your full creative self thrive.
Robyn Ivy, is a photographer, visual brand strategist, creative director, speaker, and coach.
She’ll talk with us about what it means to see and be seen as individuals and as creatives. We’ll also explore how photography and the act of looking at the world through a new lens can transform your writing.
Things you might be wondering about…
(And if I don’t answer your question below,
just send me a note.)
When are the calls?
We have six sessions per month. When you join the SWC, you’re booked at noon ET every Wednesday.
Writing Practice Sessions are held every Wednesdays at noon ET.
You’re also invited to join us one or two Mondays at noon ET per month.
When we have five Wednesdays in a month, the fifth Wednesday is dedicated to our writing coaching and story healing sessions. We move that call to a Monday, when necessary. Our monthly guest expert sessions are also held on Mondays.
Here's the schedule for calls through the end of 2018. We scatter them across weekdays to accommodate as many fixed schedules as possible. Remember: you can always grab the recording!
Monday, December 3: Guest: Robyn Ivy, Photographer and Coach
Wednesday, December 5: Writing Practice
Wednesday, December 12: Writing Practice
Monday, December 17: Writing Coaching & Story Healing (90 minutes)
Wednesday, December 19: Writing Practice
What if I miss the calls?
The monthly writing coaching calls and guest expert sessions will be recorded and made available the same day. Ideally, you'd make at least half of the six monthly sessions, but you can also get a lot out of the group by tuning into the recordings and checking in on the private Facebook group.
Do I have to be a “real writer” to join the SWC?
First, I despise that phrase. I think "real writer" is used as a weapon by people who have supposedly “made it” and hold up their publication credentials as a badge of honor to cover over some shadowy stuff underneath.
Do you wish that writing was part of your life on a daily or weekly basis? Are you willing to shift your schedule, watch less TV, and commit to your writing dates with the group and with yourself? Congratulations, you’re a writer and you belong here with us.
This is what you know: You may not feel completely comfortable calling yourself a writer (yet), but picking up a pen tends to help you feel better and you feel called to use words to make your mark in the world.
What sort of projects are Sovereign Writers working on?
At the core, it’s all “personal writing.” Many are professionals who are working on writing content to build their coaching, healing, therapy, or other creative small business. Others are focused on longer term book projects (or would like to be).
Several of our writers aren't working on anything specific are with us for the joy and the journey offered by each prompt... They don't know where their words going to take them (yet), but they trust that it's going to be good and they know it’s necessary.
What sort of commitment am I making?
You have the option to chose a quarterly or half-year membership. This group is ongoing and is intended to become a fundamental, longterm resource that furthers your creative and professional development. You're not encouraged to drop in and out. Re-entry into the group after cancelling your membership is at Marisa's discretion.
Do I have to have a writing partner?
You can request to opt-out of the writing partner component of the community, but I would love for you to give it a try. The goal is to give you an accountability buddy and a first reader who will be honest about whether you're telling a story that connects.
How are writing partners chosen?
When you apply for the SWC you’ll answer a few questions that will help me match people.
When I match partners I will try to bring people together who have similar writing plans (say, two blog posts per month) and who indicate they have about the same availability to communicate with their partner (perhaps it's a weekly check in to see if you're honoring your writing dates or maybe you review each other's work in progress during the fourth week of the month).
The Sovereign Writers Circle is open to new members.
We welcome new writers on December 1.
You're invited to apply to join the SWC today. And please remember: “apply” isn’t about submitting perfect prose or showing me you’re a “real” writer. I request applications to be sure that your energy and goals is a good fit for the group.
Click the link below to complete a short questionnaire that I'll use to ensure you're a good fit for our Circle. Upon acceptance, you'll receive a link to pay for your membership.
3 month membership: $299
Set up your membership with automatic renewal four times each year. You can cancel your subscription at any time. (Guarantee: If you find the SWC isn't for you, your membership is refundable during the first seven days.)
6 month membership: $499
Set up your membership with automatic renewal twice each year. You can cancel your subscription at any time. (Guarantee: If you find the SWC isn't for you, your membership is refundable during the first seven days.)
Your membership period begins on the first of the month and will renew automatically unless you choose to cancel your membership.
This group is an ongoing commitment for committed writers and you're not encouraged to drop in and out. Re-entry into the group after cancelling your membership is at the administrator's discretion.
As an active member you get a discount on my one-on-one writing coaching & story healing sessions! You pay $109/ hour (a savings of over 25%!)