|About the Workshop
50 Ways to Leave Your Muse: Creativity Hacks for Writers
July 6 to 30
Presenter Joy Held
My theory about the muse is pretty straight forward: it’s a fantasy, a myth created by Greek and Roman philosophers who operated with limited resources on every level. The world was flat then. While the idea of a muse appeals to my senses, excites my imagination, and stimulates my sense of theatre, the reality is that the shoemaker’s elves don’t really exist. Me and the cobbler have to show up, no matter what, and do everything from concept, design, draft, prototype, revisions, production, marketing, promotions, and follow-through to actually applying the idea to paper.
This online workshop explores what it means to live a creative life, and to maintain that fun, creative edge all the time. And when that edge becomes dull, the ideas in the course will help you revive what you need to stay juicy, productive, and happy as a writer.
JOY E. HELD, A.A.S., B.A., M.F.A. is an author, freelance editor, educator, Yoga Alliance Registered yoga and meditation teacher, college English professor, certified Journal to the Self facilitator, and workshop presenter with over 500 articles published in trade magazines, newspapers, and literary journals. Her historical romance novel Message to Love was published in 2010 by The Wild Rose Press. Her nonfiction book Writer Wellness: A Writer’s Path to Health and Creativity will be released from Headline Books, Inc. in spring 2020. Joy is a member of Romance Writers of America, Hearts Through History Romance Writers, Northeast Ohio RWA, and the Author’s Guild. She holds degrees in education, journalism, and an M.F.A. in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University.