Speaking

Let Colleen help inspire and empower your group.

Are you a member of a group of creative individuals who could use a little inspiring?

Would you like to be more productive, tap into your own creative powers, or find new ways to enrich your life through writing?

Colleen M. Story, founder of Writing and Wellness, speaks to groups on these subjects and more. She promises a high-energy presentation full of valuable information tailored to your particular audience.

Take a look at some of the classes she teaches below, and find more on her author website. You can also find testimonials there.

If you’re interested in having Colleen speak at your event, please contact her today. If you don’t see your topic listed, feel free to propose one—she takes requests.


Woman Write BenchWriting to Heal:
How to Turn Your Tough Experience Into Something Beautiful

Traumas, illnesses, losses—they all leave their scars.

We may try to stuff it away inside, but it lingers. We may try to talk about it, but often others don’t understand.

Even when we recover, we may feel, somehow, at a loss. What do we do with all the experiences we’ve had? How do we manage the feelings we feel? Can we somehow find meaning in the suffering we’ve endured?

In this class, you’ll discover the magical way writing can help you heal. Learn about how it works on your mind and heart, how it can help you process your emotions, and the many ways the act of writing can take you from broken and confused to confident and renewed. Learn ways you can get started on your own writing-to-heal practice, with options for how to express your experience in journal entries, short stories, poems, and even music.

When you leave this class, you’ll feel a new sense of hope and purpose. Plus, you’ll have gained tools you can apply in your everyday life that will help you feel like you’ve reclaimed your sense of wholeness and can finally move forward once again.


Creative Burnout:
How to Restore Your Energy, Ideas, and Love for Your Work

Creativity is one of the most coveted skills in today’s world.

Those that have it love using it, and those who receive it want more. Unfortunately, that means creative people can often suffer burnout.

Inspiration, the demands of an employer or marketplace, and our own expectations of ourselves can all motivate us to go at it too hard for too long. Eventually, we start to break down. The ideas stop coming. Our motivation disappears. We get depressed.

We may experience other symptoms too, like chronic fatigue, aches and pains, depression, and a gradual downslide in our output. If we keep going, we may begin to wonder why we ever thought we were creative in the first place.

In this class, lean how the creative soul works, and what factors sabotage it to cause burnout. Figure out what you may be doing to neglect your unique temperament, and how you can nurture yourself back to where your ideas are popping again. Finally, discover why your creative muse is your best friend, and what rules you must never break when partnering up with her.


The Secrets of Optimal Productivity: What You Really Need to Get More Done in Less Time

Hint: It’s not about new apps or improved multi-tasking.

Increased productivity. It’s on everyone’s minds.

Whether we’re working full-time jobs, doing our own creative work, or managing work and families, we’re all feeling the pressure to accomplish more in our days. An unprecedented amount of informational flow requires that we sift through and process more data than ever before. Most of us are active on social media as well, and are consistently “on call” with email and text.

It all adds up to way too much. Learn what’s holding you back from accomplishing what you want to accomplish, and what steps you need to take to turn it all around. Most importantly, figure out how you can get back to what really matters to you in life—and increase your productivity in those areas where you really shine.


The Monster in Every Writer’s Closet: Free Your Writing Process from Self-Doubt Sabotage

If there’s one thing all writers share, it’s self-doubt.

Even the most successful actors, painters, writers, and other talented people struggled.

This monster threatens to sabotage our dreams. It’s why we procrastinate, fail to finish our projects, and proceed more slowly in our careers than we would like. Learn the true destructive nature of this ugly emotion, how to turn it from an enemy to an ally, and the steps you need to take to get past it every time it rears its ugly head.