Meridian: Finding Your North Star with Anne Tannam
Date: March 2, 2024
Time: 10.30 am - 4.30 pm
Duration: 1 Day
Level: Professional Development |
Cost: €80 (€72 Members)
This course will take place in person on Saturday 2 March 2024
Please note that this is a Meridian course, part of the IWC Professional Development strand for writers.
For many of us, the past few years have blown us off course, leaving us without the energy or focus to stay committed to our writing life. Adrift, we’re finding it difficult to set realistic goals and navigate a path towards a purpose-driven and fulfilling writing practice. If this sounds like you, rediscover your inner compass (if this was a poem I’d be accused of overextending the metaphor!) and set a course to a writing practice that uniquely suits you. This coach-led interactive workshop will give you the space, inspiration, companionship, knowledge, resources and tools needed to map your unique purpose as a writer, and develop a strategy and plan to stay on course with your writing goals.
- Setting out. Your origin story as a writer. Honouring and mapping your story so far
- Your Unique North Star. Identify your purpose, values and writing goals
- Heading off course? Learn how to manage self-sabotaging behaviours
- Embracing the creative life. Creativity = Risk = Vulnerability. How to build resilience into your writing practice
- Resourcing yourself. The supports you need to stay passionate and committed to your writing. Forming lifelong habits to keep on course
It is recommended that participants bring a learning journal. Slides are available after the workshop.
Participants will come away from this workshop with a clear sense of direction for their writing practice, a deeper understanding of what is important for them as writers and resourced with a bagful of navigational tools and techniques to keep them on course, even when the waves and winds of life are high (sorry, I couldn’t resist).
Anne Tannam is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) who helps writers design and sustain flourishing writing practices. Anne has over 35 years of experience teaching, facilitating, and coaching and regularly runs workshops and clinics online and nationwide. For more on Anne’s coaching, visit www.creativecoaching.ie.
Anne has published three poetry collections. The latest, Twenty-six Letters of a New Alphabet, was published with Salmon Poetry in July 2021. With the support of a Literature Bursary from the Arts Council of Ireland, Anne’s fourth collection dismantle is out this spring with Salmon.
Anne is also the Poet in Residence with Poetry Ireland. For more on Anne’s poetry, visit www.annetannampoetry.ie
Thank you very much for running a course that was helpful, fascinating and thought-provoking. I greatly appreciated your instruction and assured facilitation throughout. I found the content instructive and interesting, while your questions challenged me to engage in meaningful reflection. You really knew when to challenge us with hard questions or provide supportive feedback.
I have emerged from the course with a much greater self-awareness about my writing and why I do it thanks to your perceptive questioning. Before the course, I wasn’t certain what I hoped to gain from it, I just knew I wasn’t making the most of my time with writing as I was in other areas. The course content and consequent reflection has really given me tools to better organise my writing time and pointed to areas where I need more motivation or support. I cannot overstate the self-awareness that has grown from the hard questions I might not otherwise have forced myself to answer.
Writer and English Teacher
I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed your ‘Sustaining a Flourishing Writing Practice’. There’s no course out there like it, and it hits all the spots one needs to get motivated if you’re stuck (as I was).
I haven’t written properly in years for loads of reasons, struggling to find the time and energy, but for the first time (ever) I feel confident I know the way to keep my writing practice going throughout any life circumstance. This is totally invaluable to me. Your guidance has helped immensely.
Writer and Administrator in Civil Service
Anne Tannam is a wonderful facilitator. I was lucky to attend Anne’s one day course at The Irish Writers Centre: The Happy Writer, in the autumn, and found it validating and inspiring.
I have adopted many good habits from that day and still go back to my course notes. As a writer and acclaimed poet herself, she is the ideal life coach for writers.
Writer & Author
Whether in her role as facilitator, creative coach, or event organizer, Anne provides a warm, relaxed and supportive environment putting everyone at ease so they can confidently produce their best work. She has excellent interpersonal skills and easily creates a positive and energetic dynamic within a group. Sensitive and responsive to difference, she brings a deep sense of community and inclusivity to all of her work.
Well prepared, punctual and organized, her workshops and events run without a hitch. Focused and goal driven, she ensures everyone achieves what they set out to accomplish, both as individuals and as a group. A natural and empathic storyteller, she has all the skills necessary to help others tell theirs.