Date: October 9, 2023

Time: 6.30pm - 8.30pm

Duration: 4 Weeks

Level: Professional Development |

Cost: €120 (€108 Members)

Online or In-Person? Online

This course will take place on Mondays from 9 October, 2023 via Zoom. 

Course Summary:

Please note that class will not take place on Monday 30 October and the course will finish on Monday 6 November.

We all have self-sabotaging behaviours that hold us back and prevent us from reaching our potential as writers. Based on Shirzad Chamine’s PQ (Positive Intelligence) model, this informative, interactive and practical course will teach you the foundations of Positive Intelligence and how to harness your ‘Sage Powers’ to combat ‘Saboteurs’ that get in your way. And let’s face it, there is enough other stuff getting in our way!





Course Outline:

  • Week One – Introduction to Positive Intelligence & the three strategies to improve it
  • Week Two – Self-Assessment of the Ten Saboteurs and their impact on our writing life
  • Week Three –The Sage Perspective and Five Sage Powers
  • Week Four – Incorporating what we’ve learned into our writing practice

Participants are encouraged to keep a learning journal, and additional work will be done between classes. Slides are made available after each session.


Course Outcomes:

Participants will come away from this course with a practical understanding of the foundations of Positive Intelligence and how to employ it in their writing life.

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

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 is working on her fourth collection. Anne is also the Poet in Residence with Poetry Ireland. For more on Anne’s poetry, visit 

This course is part of the Irish Writers Centre’s Meridian series of creative and professional development activities for professional writers, and also for those emerging writers who are ready to take the steps towards making a career in writing. Read more about this initiative here.