Many people dream of seeing their idea for a book attract countless clients, speaking invitations, and other opportunities.
Others dream of finally putting on paper the story they’ve been wanting to tell for years but have been afraid to begin. With me, they stop merely dreaming and they start writing.
I’ve been a writing and creativity coach full-time since 1999, and I know that most of you aren’t looking for more platitudes about your creative self. You want to put the words down on paper.
You want to know the right way to work so that you can stick with it. You want to make your writing into a real part of your life.
You’ve found your writing and creativity coach.
When you work with me as a coach, you’re going to learn to see that your writing has real value. You’re going to learn that the creative process isn’t as mystical as it’s often made out to be: it’s hard work, but it’s hard work you can learn to do well. And you’re going to become a writer, fueled by your own infinite source of juju. You’ll love being a real writer and seeing your ideas come into form.
Start making your dreams of writing into a reality. Take a look at my coaching packages to learn more about how I can help you. Want help with how to express yourself, live your juju and finally love your life? My life coaching is for you.
How I Managed to Design My Life as a Creative Adventure
I’m a creative kook just like you: lots of ideas, lots of enthusiasm, and a real need to corral it all into shape. I have managed to consistently finish my projects because of my training as a coach. I have published books, launched workshops and retreats in Europe and sold my art because I know the creative process inside and out.
I have built my success on the ‘walk your talk’ principle. I’ve personally tested every single technique I bring to my clients, most notably in my travels as a creative nomad in Europe from 2008-2009, but also in the hundreds of articles I’ve written, the e-books I’ve developed, and the novel that I didn’t allow to simply be an idea that I’d work on “some day”.
I expand on my writing work by exploring other creative media to give new dimension to my ideas, and I often share these techniques to help my clients figure out how to tap into their juju when they get stuck.
I love keeping illustrated journals and playing with video to produce weekly videos. Check out my online gallery!
I am a published author and have received multiple awards and recognitions for my work, including first prize in the Funds for Writers “They Actually Paid Me to Write” contest in 2005, the Le Central award for funniest essay in 2003, and a cultural grant from the Alliance Française to do research for my novel Chasing Sylvia Beach.
I coach and lead creativity and writing workshops in Denver, Boulder, and all over Europe. My clients live as far away as Australia, France, and Germany, as well as US cities like Portland, Seattle and New York.
I am a fearless leader for creative people all over the world. I have been invited to speak on writing and creativity to audiences across the globe.
I published a step-by-step plan for people who want to write, Create Your Writer’s Life: A Guide to Writing with Joy and Ease as well as an ongoing online newsletter: Impulses: A Guide to Creative Living and I love to blog about the challenges and rewards of living a zesty creative life.
When I’m not in my Denver office, I’m riding my bicycle, practicing yoga, frolicking in the park, whipping up a feast in the kitchen, snuggled up reading a book or popping over to Europe for more juju.
Factoids about my expertise:
I earned my coaching certification from the esteemed Coaches Training Institute in San Rafael, CA in 2002.
I completed the Co-Active Space Leadership program, offered through The Coaches Training Institute in 2005.
I am a member coach for The Good Life Project, the immersion program by best-selling author Jonathan Fields.
I graduated with a dual major in French and West European Studies from Bowling Green State University in 1991.
I am a member of the Denver Woman’s Press Club and Colorado Authors League.
Who hires me?
My clients seek to make a difference in the world through social entrepreneurship, coaching, writing and more. Many of these women hire me to help them leave a legacy through writing. Others need mentoring to take their mission to the next level.
I provide structure, support and expertise to call forth the best in amazing people. Through our work together, my clients gain confidence and develop concrete plans to move forward joyously.
Imagine what coaching could do for you. See what my clients have gotten from our work together.
“Forging forward on my goals”
“I was looking for a more fulfilling balance between my work as a corporate trainer, executive coach and artist. I was tired of the corporate training. The wear and tear on my body and spirit was eating at my art time and even at the quality of the time I did have for my art. I hired Cynthia to help me use my coaching and teaching skills for a new audience of creatives.
As a result of our work together, I’m forging forward. I’m developing my new business, I am clear about my goals as an artist. I understand my unique coaching and retreat offers. I have strategies in place to keep me focused and working towards my goals. From our work together, I also got a big boost in my confidence to accompany me on my new adventures.
I couldn’t have chosen a better coach. Cynthia has such a great understanding of what it is to be a creative person and an artist. She knows our mindset, our pitfalls, our dreams and most importantly our needs and how to cater to them. She also understands and has direct experience with the international angle and that was a definite help for me as a long-term expat living in France.
I recommend working with Cynthia if you want to feel empowered, understood and very creatively stimulated! She is extremely professional, there is support even between calls, and what can I say, it makes a huge difference to know you’ve got someone like Cynthia (whom I greatly admire) out there really rooting for you!” – Andrea Wedell, trainer, coach and artist
“I have learned how to find and express my juju.”
Karen Rutherford was a client who made good use of her coaching to create a community site for single mothers. Here’s her remarkable story.
“Meeting clients’ needs at a higher level.”
Watch Janice Johnson, The Ministry Marketing Mentor, tell how Cynthia helped her create products that met her clients’ needs at an ever higher level.
“Business is booming”
“Cynthia, because of your encouragement and guidance, I’m watching my book go through the final production stages. It’s a reality!
I hired you as a writing coach, but you’ve been so much more. You’ve coached me through personal challenges as well. I’m always motivated after I talk with you. Because of that, business is booming and I feel like I know myself much better than before I hired you.
Your coaching is invaluable to anyone who wants to get things done and needs accountability. Thank you.”
Alyson B. Stanfield Art Marketing Consultant, Author of I’d Rather Be in the Studio! The Artist’s No-Excuse Guide to Self-Promotion, Golden, Colorado
“Made a Powerful Career Shift”
“I had numerous reasons for seeking a life coach but a primary focus was a big career change. After 22 years as an advertising executive I sought something more meaningful and less stressful which would allow me time to discover my true passions and my soul’s purpose. The results from coaching were immediate. I left my corporate job and found work that allowed me to use my talents and have time for what is important to me.
I gained a clear idea of my values and an innate trust in my path that made the career shift seamless. I am more present in each moment, which makes my entire life more balanced and full of joy. Coaching with Cynthia has been a gift that I will have with me always.”
Jamie Fitzgerald, Media Specialist, DCF Concerts, Oklahoma City, OK
“Launched a new business and got two book deals”
I came to Cynthia for coaching because I felt S-T-U-C-K. I was miserable practicing law but I couldn’t see my way out. Working with Cynthia was like opening a door that had been locked with chains and bars for several years. We let in all this fresh air and sunshine and suddenly there were possibilities that seemed exciting and real.
I recommend working with Cynthia because she works with you wherever you are. On those days when you’re riding your bike, the wind is blowing in your hair, and you’re coasting toward your grand vision, she’s on a bike next to you taking in the sights and cheering you on. When you’ve fallen off the bike and you’re wondering whose dumb idea this change was, she’s right there with the antiseptic and bandages, helping you get past the tears and see the glorious vista that’s still right in front of you.
With Cynthia’s help, I left the practice of law, started my own venture, and now have two book deals. Who can’t use a partner like that?!
Monica R. Parker, founder, LeavingTheLaw.com, and author of Getting Hit by a Bus Isn’t the Answer: A Road Map for Finding Meaningful Work Outside of the Law (Sourcebooks, 2008) Atlanta, GA
“A book inside me trying to get out”
“I didn’t know how to make the book happen on my own. Cynthia has a way of seeing into the heart of an author and gently opening a crack so that the ideas and feelings can leap out into the sun. She gently coaxes but advocates with passion.
Cynthia believes in my work when I forget why I’m writing. She offers a structure for writing that helps me create something tangible. Using her as an editor during the process helped clarity that I was headed in the right direction with my writing. Her voice is an invitation to write and I find myself following it with curiosity and joy.”
Annie Ory, Author and Dating, Relationship & Grief Coach, San Diego, California and Venice, Italy
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“Helped me to clarify my values and make choices among many options”
“I’m a busy executive who wants results and demands value. I know many fine coaches, but I chose to work with Cynthia Morris because she is a natural coach, and because she readily accepted my most difficult challenge: to learn to coach myself so my evolution might continue past our time together.
Through her unique approach to values coaching, I quickly came to a deeper understanding of myself that gave me the confidence to make important decisions. Almost without exception, the path she helped me find ran downhill, so the results came much quicker than I had expected.
In short order I created a new role for myself at a company I started but was ready to leave. I also started another business and am making rapid progress toward other long-term goals. Hire Cynthia if you’re committed to making lasting change in your life and want a coach who won’t tolerate you failing yourself.”
Tom Bergamini, President, BT2, Inc. and Gateway Real Estate Companies, Madison, Wisconsin
“I launched an international non-profit”
“I had a book idea pursuing me that was so large in scope it was intimidating simply to speak about. I thought I would work with Cynthia, write the book and that would be that. Instead, as she guided me through the initial steps of formulating my ideas, as she sat with me and supported me, a thing even bigger than a book emerged. It turned out there was an international non-profit organization in there, swirling around with the book! The project got launched, is beautifully (miraculously) off and running and now the book is (virtually) writing itself, with the help of the voices of women from all over the world.
Cynthia is different than other coaches. I’ve worked with coaches before and I’ve never found them to be ‘inspiring’. I never much cared for the endless list making and infantilizing ‘how many calls did you make today?’ sort of approach that seems to be a part of the average-coach tool kit. Cynthia is a ‘fierce’ coach.
There were days when it felt as if she was more unconditionally on board with my vision than I was, and her passion was so genuine it was contagious. She is truly a woman who believes that everyone has a particular passion, a particular voice, a particular style.
I absolutely recommend Cynthia’s coaching. Once she has guided you to identify your mission she is doggedly faithful to that part of you, even if you can’t remember your first name on some days…she’s right there holding you accountable to everything that’s inside you waiting to come out.”
CC Pelmas, LCSW, Founder, Global Culture of Women Project, Boulder, Colorado
“Cynthia opened me up to new and unexplored options”
“I felt stuck in my career and couldn’t see clearly what my next steps were. Through the coaching process I gained clarity.
I joined a partnership and have worked to bend the rules so that work is enjoyable, fulfilling, challenging, fun and rewarding.
I certainly recommend Cynthia to others. I already have and have seen the results in those referrals as well.”
Ray Tuomey, Co-Owner, Namaste Solar Electric, Boulder, Colorado