Registration has closed on the inaugural online
Writer Babes coaching circle.
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE WRITER BABES
Want to figure out what that “something more” feeling is that’s been calling you?
Ready to devote some time to that exploration?
Welcome to The Writer Babes
A quarterly 30 day online coaching circle for women
Release the stuff that no longer serves you,
and restore your spirit, sass, and confidence
The next session starts this autumn
(late September/early October – dates to be announced …)
Do you ever feel like the life you dreamed of – the stuff you strove for for so long – isn’t quite the life you want anymore … but you’re not sure what IS?
Are you constantly quoting The Talking Heads? (y’know: Well … how did I get here?)
Feeling a low-grade funk, even though you can’t think of anything really wrong in your life?
Are you aching for something (anything) to help you feel more … well, anything?
Yeah. Me too.
Let’s move past that feeling of drift and fog by slowing down and honing in on the questions that are constantly swirling in your head like: “How did I get here?” “Who IS that woman in the mirror?” and “What now?” Time to turn that beat around, ladies; life is short. Time to live with purpose … without apology.
This is where you start.
The Writer Babes is a place where you’ll have permission to stretch, discover, and grow. You’ll cut through all the waxy build-up of your life and get back down to your beautiful shine (yes, I did just reference an old pledge commercial). You’ll start releasing the things that are holding you back and no longer serving you, so you can reclaim your awesomeness.
So … What IS this Writer Babe thing?
The Writer Babes is a group process I created over 15 years ago, and I’ve been offering it person ever since. I wanted to be able to connect a wider, more diverse group of women, so it seemed like it was time to bring it online. (Want to know how the program got its name?)
The Writer Babes is a creative mix of …
- a journaling circle
- self-improvement workshop
- group coaching
- and a fabulous party with a group of amazing new friends
With structure – and lots of room for freedom – you’ll have the time and space to explore your life, and start taking steps to make changes. All with boatloads of support, encouragement, and community … with an ass-kicking fearless leader who’s a fierce champion of women, and powered by pop-culture and glitter.
We’ll have four 70-minute calls during our 30 days together.
The calls are a place where you can connect in real-time with your fellow journalers and me – your glitter-filled Yoda and pop culture quoting master of ceremonies. It’s a time to deepen the work we’ll be doing in our Facebook group (more on that below).
The Writers Babe program will run four times a year, and each round focuses on a specific theme; during the inaugural Summer ’17 session, the focus is on personal liberation and independence. Some future topic possibilities include: creativity, self-care, bravery, legacy, body-love, relationships, boundaries, “failure,” organic goal-setting, no-more-apologies, and giving yourself permission.
Calls will be recorded, so if you can’t join us live, you can always catch up with the conversation and listen at your leisure.
We’ll gather to create a supportive, intimate, online community in a private Facebook group, where most of the real digging in will happen. There, you’ll receive prompts, bits of inspiration, and/or challenges each week. Do the exercises that call to you, and share your experience in the group (or not). It’s totally up to you.
We’ll share insights, ask questions, bounce ideas off each other, and cheer each other on. I’ll be super-active in the group, offering encouragement, support, two online open-houses during the program, and a couple pop-up Facebook Live exercises, insights, and challenges. (And dance parties. I’m thinkin’ there will also be virtual dance parties.)
I’m Deb Cooperman, and in my over 15 years coaching, facilitating workshops, and supporting women, I know that the unsettled craving you’re experiencing is only a fraction of what you’re up against. You’re also dealing with years of conditioning, societal expectations, influences from the workplace, pop culture, social media, and advertising … and a self-help industry that often plays into your deepest fears.
I’ll help you bust through blocks, energize out of inertia, and kick the ass of the internal voices that say:”can’t,” don’t,” “not good enough,” and “you shouldn’t.” Be ready for my personal brand of kickassedness, humor, and fierce support. And lots of fabulous pop music references from the days of albums and 45s.
When you sign up for the group, you can also snag one hour of private coaching with me for 40% off my usual price: just $100.
While you’ll be able ask questions in the Facebook group and on group calls, if you’d like some 100% focused, individualized attention and support, you might want to add on an hour of coaching with me. In 1-on-1 coaching, you’ll have time to go deeper with questions or issues that have come up for you. You can take that in a one hour session, or break it up in two half-hour calls.
This time can be used during the Writer Babes program, or up to a month after we wrap up.
are you ready?
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Don’t sweat it. You can do it, even if you think you can’t.
The Writer Babe methods have been helping woman use this magical tactic for getting to the heart of longing, frustration, and power for over 15 years.
With The Writer Babes, you start right where you are. With gentle exercises and fierce support, you’ll write your way through the fear, the judgement, the comparisons, and all the big and little things that are stopping you.
In Writer Babe workshops, women who were blocked, afraid, self-conscious, and terrified have unblocked, gotten brave, tossed out the apologies, and stood stronger – sometimes after just one session. This isn’t about grammar, spelling, trying to impress others with your fabulous prose, or writing for publication – it’s about conversations with yourself; it’s about exploration and understanding, and there’s no need to pretty it up and load expectation on top of expectation.
Seriously, I’ve got you covered. You can do it; I’ve yet to meet a woman who hasn’t been able to get flowing with this process.
You can share your writing in the group – or not. The choice is up you.
Sometimes feedback is offered, but it’s not “writing group” feedback where everyone jumps on the writer telling them to strengthen this or qualify that.
Members of the group are given a set of guidelines for participation that I’ve honed since I began the program. They are designed to ensure that all participants feel safe, comfortable, and encouraged, and that their writing/sharing is treated with respect and compassion.
So again, you don’t have to share your writing (and there will be no pressure to do so), but I wouldn’t be surprised if you’ll want to at some point.
Here’s the thing: it can, and it probably will. But not directly.
The Writer Babes is about process, not product.
If we were about product, then the product would be you – your heart, spirit, sass, energy, and direction.
But that’s probably not what you were thinking. If you are looking for accountability and support to get the next couple chapters of your book done, or you’re looking to produce out some solid web content, this isn’t the program for you.
(i’d be happy to talk to you about doing some of that one-on-one though. if you have any question, get in touch: deb [at] debcooperman [dot] com.)
If you think self care, personal growth, and your overall well-being and well-roundedness are an essential part of being a strong, balanced business owner, then, yeah, it totally can help.
But if you’re looking for a program that will help you outline your blog content for the next six months, get your book proposal written, or map out your next launch sequence, then, nope, it ain’t The Writer Babes. (no, no, no, it ain’t the writer babes. this ain’t the writer babes you’re looking for, babe.) (couldn’t resist.) (there’s a song for everything …)
I’m a professionally trained and certified coach, that’s one reason. But really, there are a lot of us out there, so, you might be thinking: Big fargin deal.
I get it.
What’s different is that I’ve walked in your shoes. I’ve questioned choices, made big life changes (including”the change”), bravely stepped into the unknown (many, many times – left a marriage; moved across the country because i’d always wanted to; planned and prepped for my business while working a demanding “day job” …), and discovered that writing is an incredibly valuable tool for all of this. I’ve worked with loads of women who have peeled layer after layer of old stories and beliefs that have been weighing them down for too. damn. long. Women who don’t want to go into their next decade saying: “if only” … and “what if?”
I want to show you that you can have that too. You can have the things you want at any stage of life.
I want you to get – really get in your bones – that what you want matters. That your light should not be dimmed. And I really (really, really) want you to get out there and unapologetically live your one wild and precious life … cause it’s the only one you’ve got.
And one of the ways you can start taking the steps toward that is through a writing practice.
You can totally do the program if you can’t make the calls.
AND, the calls are going to be awesome, so if there’s any way to get there for them, do.
They’re going to be a place for you to connect in real-time with me, and your fellow Writer Babes. We’ll dig deeper into conversations that are simmering in the Facebook group, and lend each other support and encouragement. That’s pretty damn fab.
However, if you can’t make the calls at all (like: you live in london and you’ll be asleep when we meet), but the idea of joining this program resonates with you, please don’t let the fact that you won’t be able to be live on the calls stop you. You can get a LOT out of the work without being on the calls. I’ll be recording them too, so you can catch up on what you missed by listening in after … and if you want to add something/ask a question/get clarification on what you heard on a call, bring it to the community online.
If you’re read this and you’re still unsure about whether it will work for you or not … shoot me an email and we’ll hop on the phone for a quick chat. deb [at] debcooperman [dot] com.
If you’re doing therapy, a writing practice can be a HUGE help in moving that work forward. And while The Writer Babes group is definitely not therapy, it can be hugely therapeutic work. You’ll gain all sorts of new perspectives about yourself, and it’s likely you’ll expand your compassion and inner strength muscles too. (no kidding. it’s really kinda magic like that.)
But again: not therapy.
It would be wise to tell your therapist that you’re joining the group, and you may want to share some of the insights you’re getting through your work in the group. But rather than conflict with it, this practice can be a great support for what you’re doing in therapy.
Want some back-up on that? Check out these articles …
If you’re nervous that someone might find and read your stuff, you can take that as an opportunity to discuss privacy issues with the people in question. 🙂
If that’s not feasible for some reason*, you could put your writing it in a sealed box, take photos of it on your phone and store it in a password protected vault, or buy an inexpensive locker to keep in the back of your closet, basement, or attic. If you’re not writing by hand, there are a number of ways for you to password protect your writing online or right on your computer.
*… and if you don’t trust the people you surround yourself with to respect your privacy, that might be something to look into, don’t you think?
I’ve put a LOT of thought, heart, and energy into my work because I want my peeps to get mega-value from it.
However, if you’ve been participating in the exercises in the FB group, and you’re not happy with the program, drop me a line during the first 14 days of the program – and I’ll refund your money. Seriously. No questions asked.
Not a fan of the book ‘o’ face? I get it. While there are virtual community platforms out there, after surveying of some women in my community, it seems that Facebook is the place where most of them gather, so that’s where we’ll be – at least for now.
While joining the Facebook community will give you additional opportunities to exchange experiences with the others in the program, you don’t have to be there.
In this beta round, I’ll test an option where I’ll send weekly activities, assignments, and challenges via email to participants who opt out of the Facebook group.
If you choose to opt out, let me know after you receive your welcome email, and I’ll add you to a non-FB participant email list. You’ll still be able to join in on the calls, but you’ll miss out on additional activities that go on in Facebook.
I’m not sure if this option will be available in future sessions of the program. If FB makes you feel kinda wonky, now’s your chance to 1) check it out, and 2) help me decide if it’s a viable option for the future.
If you want to be part of the Facebook group, you’ll need a computer, tablet, or smart phone (see the FAQ: ‘Do I need to be on Facebook to participate?’ for more on that). Our calls will be on a conference call system, which you can join via phone, or computer.
This depends on how deeply you want to dive in with the work, and yourself.
A big part of the program is about making yourself a priority – putting yourself at the top of your to-do list – and you want to do that don’t you? I mean, this is it; this is life – the one you get* … so finding about a half-hour every day (and more if you can) is a good place to start.
(Yes, I did just quote the One Day at a Time theme song.)
as you wish
Want more individualized attention than a group program provides, check out the one-on-one coaching options here.