Apprenticeships for Writers - Good or Bad? Elizabeth Johnston 73

July 12, 2017

Apprenticeship –

I did an informal poll on Facebook asking what apprenticeship when it comes to being a writer meant to people. The answers were what I expected:

  • warnings to stay away because it’s unpaid work
  • or just neutral comments that it was unpaid work

As you know, my weekly Wealth Wednesdays (my Facebook live sessions) are dedicated to exploring our money mindset as writers, and the springboard for these conversations is the book Real Artists Don’t Starve by Jeff Goins.

In Chapter 3, Jeff talks about this very topic. Apprenticeship and the role it plays in people who want to become thriving not starving artists.

In today's episode I explore the question of apprenticeships for writers - good or bad?


Wealth Wednesdays - Writers & Your Money Mindset - Elizabeth Johnston - 67

June 28, 2017

Today’s show kicks off a 12 part series about wealth, writing and the money mindset. Each week, I’ll be talking about Jeff Goins’ book Real Artists Don’t Starve.

These episodes go live in our Facebook group first, so if you want to interact in real time, join us in the Own Your Creativity community at


Fathers, Zeus & Writing Elizabeth Johnston 66

June 18, 2017

In today's episode I talk about Father's Day, Zeus and Writing, and I also talk about the free writing challenge happening June 26 to July 1st. Registration deadline is June 23rd, so I invite you to sign up today at


The Writing Den Elizabeth Johnston 62

May 28, 2017

Today I talk about what goes on behind the scenes in any creative writing practice, and I invite you to join me in The Writing Den, a 4-week facilitated session of live, online writing. To find out more, go to


Creativity Requires Risk Elizabeth Johnston 61

May 21, 2017

Today’s episode is about the connection between creativity and taking risks. It was originally recorded as a Facebook live, and if you’d like to tune in for the video version of my live broadcasts, you’re invited to join my group on Facebook. It’s called Own Your Creativity Cafe. Enjoy today’s episode, and feel free to reach out with questions, comments or stepping up to be a patron of the show. Your support is greatly appreciated.

If you want to kick-start your dream of writing a book, then join us on Sunday, June 4th in Montreal for the one-day seminar. Full info and the registration link is available at And if you’re not in the Montreal area, you can still participate in the online version. For more information about that send me a message to, and put Story Seminar in the subject line.

The Own Your Creativity Podcast is hosted by Elizabeth Johnston, M.F.A., Certified Autobiography Instructor and professor, facilitates personal and professional development through writing workshops that help people put their life experiences into words. Elizabeth is the author of a non-fiction book, No Small Potatoes, the creator of the short film, Keepsake, and has published extensively in newspapers and magazines.



Creativity is Invisible ~ Elizabeth Johnston ~ 60

May 14, 2017

Oftentimes it's the invisible things that have the greatest impact on us.

Day 1 of the 30-Day Journey about Creativity & Invisible Things with Elizabeth Johnston

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All the best!



Creativity Feeds Your Soul Sheila Horrell 59

May 10, 2017

To join the next free writing challenge, sign up here:

On today's episode, I talk to Sheila Horrell. She has been drumming for the last 30 years, ever since being introduced to the primal magic of the drum by master percussionist Ubaka Hill.

After studying percussion with various drummers here and internationally, she has been facilitating workshops and Drum Circles for many groups in Southwestern Ontario, including schools, universities, camps, nursing homes, conferences and agencies.

The experience of introducing new drummers to the ease and joy of music making with the drum has been a prime motivator for Sheila's continued success.  There is nothing like witnessing someone relaxing into their own rhythm and having fun contributing to the music of the whole drumming community.

As well as facilitating drumming, Sheila is also a member of percussion groups in London - including "The London Groove Collective", a group which weaves melody (sax and keyboard) with various percussion instruments to create everything from jazz fusion to ambient soundscapes.   As well she sings and plays with WomenSpiritSong choir, and Joyful Noise choir.  Sheila is a proud volunteer at My Sister's Place where weekly drumming on a Monday morning gets the week off to a fine start,  and also volunteers with the Grand Theatre, the Women's Circle at Brescia and Heart-Links, a small London NGO which walks in solidarity with a community of women and children in the desert regions of Northern Peru.

For more information about Sheila:


Creating with Lauri’s Lemonade Stand 58

May 3, 2017

Laverne & Shirley Crossover Episodes!

For today’s show, I’ve got something a little bit different lined up for you. If you’re on my mailing list or in my facebook group, Own Your Creativity Café, then you’ll know that I have been on this podcast journey for more than a year with my accountability partner, Lauri Mackey. She interviewed me on her show, Lauri’s Lemonade Stand in June of 2016, and I recently interviewed her on my show. Then Lauri had this idea to share our interviews on each other’s podcast, and I thought that was a great idea. So, Lauri aired my interview of her on her show on May 1st, 2017. (Click here to listen to that episode.) Today, I air Lauri’s interview of me. It’s a great way for you to get to know me a bit more plus a great introduction to Lauri’s wonderful show, too. I hope you enjoy today’s episode and I’d love to hear any questions or comments you might have. You can get in touch with me at

Okay, this interview was from last June and that’s what we’re referring to when we talk about the writing challenge. Good news, though. I will be hosting another writing challenge this June, so if you want to be the first to get notification of the next free challenge, go to, or you can find the link for it in the show notes of this episode on

Join us in the free writing challenge happening in June 2017. Get on the mailing list to get all the details:



Creativity is Worth It ~ Gaia B Amman 56

April 19, 2017

Gaia B Amman was born and raised in Italy. She moved to the United States in her twenties to pursue her PhD in molecular biology. She's currently a Professor of biology at D'Youville College in Buffalo, New York, where she was voted "the professor of the month" by her students. Her research and commentaries have been published in prestigious peer-reviewed international journals including Nature.

A bookworm from birth, she wrote throughout her childhood and won two short story competitions in Italy in her teens. Gaia is an avid traveler and many of her adventures are an inspiration for her fiction. Mostly she is passionate about people and the struggles they face to embrace life. Her highest hope is to reach and help as many as she can through her writing as well as her teaching. She authored the Italian Saga, an irreverent series of humorous and insightful young adult novels taking place against the gorgeous backdrop of Northern Italy. The books, light-hearted and funny at first sight, deal with issues like sexuality, divorce, friendship, abuse, first love and self discovery.



Reflective Journalling for Success & Transformation - Elizabeth Johnston 55

April 12, 2017

In this episode, I talk about how to use reflective journalling for creative success and transformation. I also make a distinction between diaries and journals and show how you can use this writing practice for both personal and professional goals.