Cleveland Events: Saturday 4/23 and Sunday 4/24

Saturday, April 23, 10:00 a.m. to Noon in Cleveland, Ohio at Literary Cleveland at Lake Erie Ink, Hillary is presenting Joyful Writing Productivity. Inspiration exists and is available to everyone at any time. Under-productivity, procrastination, and blocks are solvable problems. The secret to achieving a state of near-perpetual inspiration (a.k.a., “flow”) is to switch from a scarcity to an abundance mindset, and also from a shame/blame mindset to one focused on problem-solving. In this workshop by Hillary Rettig, author of the best-selling THE 7 SECRETS OF THE  PROLIFIC and THE LIFELONG ACTIVIST, we’ll delve deep into the heart of under-productivity so you can see, once and for all, what forces are holding you back. Then we’ll discuss solutions—lots of them—that you can start using immediately to boost productivity and reduce stress. This workshop is for all writers—including creative, academic, student, and those who write on the job—plus all artists, activists, and anyone seeking to get more … [Read more...]

Don’t Forget to Check Out My September Online Classes!

Online courses are convenient, cheap, and fun--and you can be located anywhere! My SavvyAuthors class for graduate students, faculty, and other academic writers starts Monday September 16. I'm offering a discounted class/coaching bundle via famed writing community The Loft. All writers, including creative, business, nonprofit writers, welcome. Take a class now and have a productive fall! … [Read more...]

I’m Offering a Powerful and Economical Online Class/TeleCoaching Bundle at The Loft

Super-thrilled to be teaching an online class at The Loft, one of the world's premier community writing programs, starting September 30. Even more thrilled to be offering a class/coaching bundle. The class will set you up for greater productivity; the 40 minutes of individualized telephone coaching will personalize the class information and help you amplify the result. All students also get a free e-book of The 7 Secrets of the Prolific. More info. For more classes (online, Boston, and Hyannis) check out my Events Page. … [Read more...]

Last Call: New England

If you've wanted to take my Grub Street Writers class NOW is the time. I am moving to Michigan in September (more on this later!), and August's class will be the last for a while. It will be held August 12-15 (Monday-Thursday), 10:30am-1:30pm at 162 Boylston Street (2 mins from Boylston Street T; discounted parking available). All writers welcome, including creative, business, nonprofit, and academic writers. Sign up now! … [Read more...]

Hartford, Connecticut: Registration Now Open for 7 Secrets of the Prolific Class, Tuesday, July 2, at Mark Twain House

[please scroll down to see participant feedback from my last session at Mark Twain House] "One of the most popular writers from our 2nd Annual Writers' weekend returns to jump-start your writing this summer." Would you like to boost your writing productivity, finish your projects, and find more joy in your work? You can do it! Learn the truth about how to overcome procrastination, perfectionism, ambivalence, time constraints, and other barriers to writing productivity in this fun, interactive workshop with Hillary Rettig, author of the best-selling The 7 Secrets of the Prolific. Also learn simple techniques that you can start using NOW to grow your audience and sell your work. This workshop is suitable for ALL creative, academic, business, and other writers; please note that while there will be some in-class exercises, most of the course will be devoted to lecture and discussion. Please see below for syllabus. Classes will run on Tuesday evenings from July 2nd - August 6th (no class on July 16th) from … [Read more...]

Summer 2013 Workshops: Hartford, Hyannis, Boston, and Online!

Check out the Events Page and register soon! … [Read more...]

Academic Success Catalyst Program Begins This Wednesday 4/24 at 3:30 Eastern. Enroll now.

The ASCP is for graduate students, postdocs, junior faculty, and other junior academic researchers who would like to: • get more productive in their writing and other work • finish their thesis, papers, or other projects • have an easier time finding a job • have better relationships at work and at home, and • be more strategic and effective in building their career. Not to mention…feel less stressed, more optimistic, more revitalized, and more connected with their work! Four one-hour calls, with a lot of individual attention for $125. (Includes a free copy of The 7 Secrets of the Prolific!) Only a couple of slots left; enroll now by PayPalling $125 to More info, including conditions, here. … [Read more...]

Spring & Summer 2013 Events: Online, Teleconference, Boston, Hartford (CT), and Cape Cod

Web and Telephone Academic Success Catalyst Program restarting in April 2013 time TBD. For all Graduate Students, Postdocs, Junior Faculty who wish to • get more productive in their writing and other work • finish their thesis, papers, or other projects • have an easier time finding a job • have better relationships at work and at home, and • be more strategic and effective in building their career. Four supportive and fun calls, with plenty of individual attention, just $125. Just four slots left. More info. Reserve your space now. New online class starting Monday, June 3. Savvy classes attract a global audience of diverse writers. Online classes are fun, inexpensive, and super-convenient. More info / to register. For fastest progress, try individual coaching. We'll work together to finish your projects, boost your work "tempo," improve your work/life balance, lower your stress, and help you reclaim your joyful attachment to your work. If you’re familiar with my writing, … [Read more...]

Register Now for January Classes (Boston and Online)

New Englanders! Register Now for my winter Grub Street Writers classes! 1) How to Write a Lot, 6 Tuesdays, 10:30a - 1:30b, starting Jan 8 2) The Time of Your Life, Sat Jan 26, 10:30a - 6:30p Everyone! Register now for my next online class! The 7 Secrets of the Prolific, 4 weeks beginning Monday January 7 Online classes are easy, cheap, convenient, and fun! … [Read more...]

Are Millennials Spoiled?

In my workshops I teach the benefits of an antiperfectionist viewpoint: one that is compassionate, empathetic, nonjudgmental of yourself and others, etc. Yesterday, a 20-something participant raised the question of whether her and her generation had been too indulged (and thus weakened and infantalized) by excessive praise and other support from parents and others. The question got me hot under the collar, and here's what I told her: NO. There are people in the world who conflate kindness, compassionate, empathy, and understanding with being soft, indulgent, and weak. Many of them have authoritarian personalities, which means that they crave harshness and hierarchies and control for themselves and others. All that is their dysfunction: do not let it define your view of yourself or others. Beyond that, we have the age-old game of, "Let's Dump on Young People!" a perennial favorite of those whose bones are starting to creak, particularly if they are not happy with the results of their own life … [Read more...]

BOSTON: Time Management and Overcoming Procrastination

Boston, MA, Saturday, November 12 The Time of Your Life: Time Management and Overcoming Procrastination 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. including lunch break Grub Street Writers … [Read more...]

COHASSET: Overcoming Writer's Block

Tuesday, May 31 from 7 PM - 8:30PM , Buttonwood Books, Cohasset Buttonwood Books, Shaws Plaza Route 3A, Cohasset MA 02025, 781-383-2665 Cost: Free (come early for good seat) Writer’s block isn’t caused by laziness or lack of discipline, but disempowerment. Learn why at Hillary Rettig’s lively workshop, a condensation of her six-week Grub Street class, How to Write a Lot. We’ll talk about how to identify and overcome the major forces that disempower writers, including perfectionism, resource constraints, time constraints, bias and internalized oppression, and exploitation, and you’ll leave with tools and techniques that will help you become more productive immediately. Aimed at all writers, including academic, business, nonprofit and “creative.” … [Read more...]

Boston, MA: Time Management Workshop

Time Management Workshop (sponsored by Sojust) Location: GLAD, 30 Winter Street (Downtown Crossing), 8th floor Fee: $5 - $10 at door Preregistration encouraged: This workshop begins with a discussion of how time should be viewed and valued; why one needs to manage it; and how successful people tend to view and use time. Then we move onto the five foundational principles of time management, and contrast examples of managed and unmanaged time schedules. We then discuss right and wrong ways to use time, lifestyles that support and inhibit success, and techniques for budgeting and tracking your time. We also discuss how to set priorities; how to decide and maintain boundaries; and how to “create” time through delegation and other techniques. Finally, we discuss tips for sticking to your schedule, and dealing with unsupportive people. After the workshop, many participants report being more productive and less stressed. … [Read more...]

ONLINE WORKSHOP (All writers welcome!): The Seven Secrets of the Prolific

Secrets of the Prolific: How to Boost Your Writing Productivity and Overcome Writers Block (online, for ALL writers) Click for more info Date: 8/29/2011 - 9/25/2011 Fee: $25 members / $30 nonmembers This course offers an easy, convenient and inexpensive learning experience. Twice a week I post a lesson (on time management, coping with perfectionism, coming out as a writer, building a sustainable career path, coping with rejection, etc.) to the group. Some lessons include simple exercises. For the next few days, we discuss the topic both in general, and relative to participants’ individual situations. Participants gain a comprehensive understanding of the nature of their underproductivity, as well as solutions to it. The discussions are always compassionate and supportive. Every student gets one individual email exchange with me, but most discussions are group, because that benefits everyone and because part of the solution involves “coming out” as an imperfect writer. However, even if you prefer to not … [Read more...]