Create an Intentional Writing Practice (January)


“Things are not difficult to make; what is difficult is putting ourselves in the state of mind to make them.” — Constantin Brancusi

“Behaviour happens when motivation, ability, and prompt converge at the same moment.” — B. J. Fogg, author of Tiny Habits: Why Starting Small Makes Lasting Change Easy

Start the new year with a masterclass that will help you create a more intentional writing practice and fulfil your full artistic potential in 2024. Live via Zoom, bestselling author Kathryn Aalto draws on decades of teaching and writing experience to help you learn fundamentals that will shape how you understand your behaviour, emotions, and abilities while writing. In turn, this can enhance your outlook and increase productivity. The aim is to create a more balanced, informed, and gentle way of curating your writing practice and artistic life. You will learn how to mindfully monitor and measure your progress to include breakthroughs in ideas, writing revisions, and positive mental imaging — and not just counting words. You will understand how the mind, body, and spirit converge in the writing process and ways to balance writing with these other elements.

  • Manage and understand stress, procrastination, anxiety, and self-doubt
  • Be kinder to yourself and understand different stages and types of writing
  • Think critically about ways to manage and reorganise your life to write
  • Learn practical pre-writing exercises such as mind-mapping and outlining
  • Set balanced, informed, and realistic goals (daily, weekly, and monthly)  
  • Let go of perfectionism and analysis paralysis to enjoy incremental progress

This course is live online over Zoom.


  • 5:00 to 7:00 PM GMT
  • Saturday, January 20


  • £40 per person


Kathryn Aalto is a passionate practitioner and teacher of narrative nonfiction.  For more than twenty-five years, she has taught writing and literature courses at colleges and universities including Western Washington University, Everett Community College, and Plymouth University and has given guest lectures at Cambridge University, Vanderbilt University, Cornell University, and more. She has a global mentoring practice, guides students in a vibrant online writing school, and leads in-person retreats, courses, and workshops in the United States and United Kingdom. She is a judge for The Nature Chronicles Prize, an international bi-annual award for nature writing in the English language. She is represented by Peter McGuigan at Ultra Literary in New York City. She is a distinguished public speaker represented by Chartwell Speakers in New York City. 

Kathryn’s students have won numerous awards including the £10,000 Nature Chronicles Prize and the Bradt New Travel Writer of the Year. They have been short-listed for literary awards including the Fish Memoir Prize. Her students have been published by university presses, book trusts, popular magazines, and literary journals.