Revise Your Truth

One-on-One Mentoring Program

 

Interested in working 1:1 with Marilyn? Enrollment in Revise Your Truth is done by phone call. Email Marilyn to set up a time to talk, and together we’ll decide if 1:1 mentoring is the next best step for you and your writing right now!

 

Revise Your Truth is open to women writers who have completed Craft Your Truth~Claim Your Voice and/or Excavate Your Truth~Free Your Voice and want to continue their conscious writing journey with a committed writing coach (Marilyn!) who understands the craft of memoir as well as the patterns of female conditioning that keep so many women silent.

Now that you are writing at a whole new level of craft and consciousness, how do you keep the momentum going? How do you continue to hone your craft and show up for your writing practice from a place of confidence while at the same time guarding against those pesky Angels in the House—your inner critic—when the writing gets challenging?

Revise Your Truth!

Revise Your Truth is a 1:1 mentoring program for women who want to live a conscious, creative, productive, and empowered writing life. This unique mentoring program integrates the writing essentials of craft, discipline, and productivity with the consciousness and mindset work necessary to recover your voice and your truth from silence. This program is designed to help you build and sustain an ongoing conscious writing practice that empowers you with the confidence and commitment necessary to see your short-form and/or long-form memoir writing projects through to completion.

This conscious writing mentorship will help you to hold yourself accountable to your writing goals and stay in relationship to your writing through every stage of the writing process.

Components of Revise Your Truth

Foundation of Consciousness

So many of the obstacles we face in reaching our writing dreams and goals are rooted in our mindsets and internalized conditioning. These limiting beliefs disempower and silence us—they are not the truth of who we are. Once we are aware of these limiting beliefs, we can shift our mindsets and really step into our writing power—our true voice and vision. This takes consistent and intentional mindset—i.e., consciousness—work. For this reason, consciousness work is built into the foundation of this program so that you not only get the most out of our work together, but you also continue writing at a whole new level of confidence and clarity long after this program ends.

This program begins with a series of “Consciousness Modules” that are designed to help you claim your writing truth, your writing subject, and your writing vision. The consciousness exercises you do in these modules will help you get clear about who you want to become as a writer, and how your inner critic operates so that you can stay in relationship to your writing self and your writing vision even when this critic rears. These exercises also position you to set a powerful writing intention as well as achievable writing goals that align with your writing dream and vision.

Consciousness Modules are pre-recorded audio modules that walk you through the consciousness exercises and conscious writing assignments. The work you do in these consciousness modules will comprise your Foundations of Consciousness Packet, which will be the basis for our first coaching call, the Foundations of Consciousness Coaching Call (see below).

Marilyn’s Written Response to FOC Packet (1)

I respond to the exercises in your Foundation of Consciousness packet with my observations and suggestions regarding your subject, goals, intention, and vision. This packet often offers glimpses of the deeper story that wants to be told, and I reflect back to you the connections and patterns I see emerging. I also take a very close look at the inner critic you’ve identified and “reframed,” and I offer “tweaks” to help clarify your perspective as you begin to distinguish between truth and fear in your relationship to your writing.

Foundation of Consciousness Coaching Call (1)

During this initial 60-min. coaching call, we dive deep into your Foundation of Consciousness packet and begin to lay the foundation upon which you will deliberately build your conscious writing practice. This call often leads to new levels of self-awareness, confidence, and clarity that transform the way you see yourself as a writer; it also leads to greater insight into your subject and clarifies your writing goals and vision. During this call we establish your deliverables for Writing Packet #1 so that you have clear direction moving forward.

Writing Packets (5)

Your precious work! Following your Foundations of Consciousness Call, you submit a Packet of your writing every other week for a total of 5 packets of new or revised writing. Each packet consists of up to 25 pages (6,250 words). Together on our Craft & Consciousness Coaching Calls (see below) we establish the content of your upcoming writing packets so that your next step is always clearly identified within the context of your larger writing goals and dreams.

Marilyn’s “Deep Dive” Response to Your Writing Packets (5)

I immerse myself in your submitted pages, and I send you my written response in track changes. Each response will depend, of course, on the needs of your submitted work, but in general I focus on the “deeper story that wants to be told” to ensure that the contextual theme(s) of your memoir story—whether essay length or book length—is developed throughout the packet and that your writing stays within the parameters of the memoir story you are telling. I also hone in on scene development, the reflective voice, backstory, the story’s arc, the metaphors of the experience, the emotional truth (internal arc), and other elements of craft essential to writing memoir.

Craft & Consciousness Coaching Calls (5)

These 60-minute coaching calls are in many ways the heart of our work together. We review and discuss in depth your submitted pages, and we strategize and work through any challenges of both craft & consciousness (emotional/mindset challenges) that are coming up for you in your writing and/or your writing practice. We do this in the context of your larger writing goals and intentions, and within the parameters of the story in development. Together we establish your deliverables for the next packet so that you can continue working toward your writing goal with clear direction.

The work we do together on our coaching calls helps you cultivate a habit of staying in relationship with your writing even in the face of inevitable challenges any given writing project presents. These calls also provide valuable time for you to “think out loud” about your work. It is very common for women to have “aha” moments during these calls that deepen their vision as they gain clarity on the connections, metaphors, and story truth in their own work. Valuable insights that “pop” into their conscious awareness during these empowering calls often lead to on-the-page wisdom in their work in progress. And since these calls are recorded, you can be completely present—no need to take notes—knowing that you can review the recording later.

We meet on the phone every other week for 60 mins.

Craft-based writing assignments

During our work together, I offer “as needed” writing assignments personalized to meet your writing needs and to strengthen your craft skills and writing techniques. These writing assignments may target a particular craft element that I determine would benefit your writing, or they may help you “crack open” a particular story truth in development so that you can “go vertical” into the story you are telling (i.e., the story that wants to be told). I am known to suggest research assignments, such as interviews or subject-specific research—whatever your work calls for—to help you deepen your understanding of your subject, extend the metaphor(s) in development, and elevate the artistry and cohesion of your work.

Craft-based reading assignments

I’ve been called a “literary matchmaker” ☺, and for good reason. One of my unsung talents (ha!) is “matching” people with the memoir, essay, or poem that speaks deeply to their writing need at a particular time in their conscious writing journey. I give suggested reading assignments that are personalized to your work and subject. The purpose of these assignments is to expose you to literary memoir essays and books as well as craft readings that help you to expand your working knowledge of the craft moves you can make in your own writing. These readings may be subject-based to give you models for how other authors handle your subject, or they may be craft-based to expose you to a wide range of craft and structural possibilities for telling your own memoir stories.

“Consciousness” assignments

Consciousness assignments are designed to promote self-awareness, shift mindsets and limiting beliefs, and help you deepen your relationship to your writing and to your deep, wise writing self so that you can amp up your confidence and your productivity and stay in relationship to your writing, your writing goal, and your writing self. Consciousness assignments build on your Foundations of Consciousness packet established early in the program so that you can continue to shift limiting beliefs and grow in confidence and consciousness.

Coaching Call Prep Form & Post-Coaching Call Integration Form

The Coaching Call Prep form invites you to reflect on your accomplishments and challenges from the weeks leading up to our call. It also gives you an opportunity to think about how you would like to use our coaching time together. By completing and submitting this form 24 hours before each Craft & Consciousness Coaching Call, we both come to the call prepared to celebrate your wins and address your writing needs and concerns so that you can keep moving your writing forward in ease and flow.

After our call, you complete the Post Coaching Call Integration form. This form invites you to reflect on our call so that you can solidify and integrate your “ahas” and “take aways” into your conscious writing practice and/or project. It also encourages you to set your writing schedule for the coming 2 weeks so that you practice putting your writing first and showing up for yourself & your writing consistently. The object is for you to stay firmly grounded in your writing intention between calls. While you are welcome to share this form with Marilyn (I always love to see how you assimilate the work we do on our coaching calls into your writing practice and/or project), this Integration form is meant for your own personal use to help you strengthen your “self-accountability” muscle as you practice showing up for and keeping track of yourself.

Together these forms serve as clarity, consciousness, & accountability tools that help you to keep track of your writing & hold yourself accountable so that you sustain a clear and focused writing practice and consistently write from the power of your voice rather than from fear or doubt. I encourage you to print them out and keep them in a binder so that you can readily track your growth & build on your progress.

Your own private online classroom

As a Revise Your Truth mentoring client, you will enjoy the benefits of your own private online classroom. No more searching your email inbox for recordings and assignments from previous coaching calls! Your coaching & deliverables schedules, consciousness modules, craft & consciousness assignments, and recordings of coaching calls will be housed in this classroom so that you have easy access to all of your materials at all times. And because this classroom includes its own built-in teleconference line, you will receive email reminders with call-in information prior to each of your coaching calls. And you will have lifetime access to your private classroom even after your coaching program ends!

Recordings of all coaching calls

Our coaching calls are automatically recorded and housed in your private classroom so that you have access to downloadable mp3 recordings of all calls. This allows you to review your “in the moment” insights and ahas about your work in progress and to explore any mindsets that you are shifting as you continue to show up for your writing and for yourself.

These recordings eliminate a need for you to take notes during our calls, which frees you to speak candidly and listen later to the words that came out of your mouth. It is common for those very words to “untangle” a writing challenge you’ve been working on. Because our coaching calls often uncover “seeds” of the deeper story truth that wants to be told, women often use their own words from these recordings to begin a new reflection or scene within their work in progress.

Schedule of all coaching calls and deliverable dates

At the start of our work together, you receive an in-depth schedule, which includes the dates and times of our coaching calls and of your deliverables so that from the get-go you have a clear-cut schedule months out that you can plug into your calendar. This schedule serves as a framework—a structure—around which you can begin to create your long-term conscious writing practice. It also helps you to cultivate and reinforce your accountability to your writing and to yourself. This schedule will be housed in your private Ruzuku classroom for easy access.

“Recap” after each coaching call specifying deliverables

After each of our coaching calls, I create a post in your private classroom that outlines your upcoming deliverables, including any suggested writing, reading, and conscious awareness assignments, so that you are clear on your next steps as you move your writing forward. Women finds these post-coaching call “recaps” a helpful way to keep track of their writing progress, assignments, and growth. These recaps also provide a record for you to refer to so that you can go back and complete any readings and/or suggested assignments you were not able to get to at the time.

 

Interested in working 1:1 with Marilyn? Enrollment in Revise Your Truth is done by phone call. Email Marilyn to set up a time to talk, and together we’ll decide if 1:1 mentoring is the next best step for you and your writing right now!