The Conscious Booksmith: An E-Course

Christine is thrilled to have worked with two Conscious Booksmith communities in 2014 and 2015. Stay tuned for announcements about a possible 2016 offering.

I am excited to invite you to join me for The Conscious Booksmith: A Mindful Approach to Creating Your Book! This thoughtfully created course - a collaboration with the beautiful Jen Gray and Michelle Madden-Smith of Animyst - is a guide for aspiring authors and book-makers. It is filled with tools and inspiration designed to support the creation of a comprehensive book plan reflective of your values, priorities and ideals.

And by book, we mean any kind of book! Yours might be a photo book, novel, illustrated children’s book or a collection of poetry, personal essays, short stories, or recipes…anything at all.

Do you have a book in your heart that just needs to be written and brought to life?

Then this is the course for you.

 "To be in the care of Christine's guidance is to gift yourself her gentle wisdom, her nurturing spirit, and her firm belief in the power of personal truth. Christine gives you her whole attention and an unshakable faith in your potential."

{Amy Tingle and Maya Stein, Creators of Food For the Soul Train}

when is the course?

The 2015 offering is currently in progress. Stay tuned for announcements about a possible 2016 re-release.

who is it for?

The course is for anyone interested in exploring the idea of taking their book concept (remember - any kind of book!) and making it real.

what will you get?

* Tools to break down and organize all the basic details of your book idea, from the size of the book to your mission statement
* Support and inspiration to get you started on the path of writing and creating your book
* Practical information on topics such as book proposals, contracts, publishing, self-publishing and marketing
* Stories, insights and wisdom gained from more than 18 years of experience bringing books, brands, gatherings and other creative projects to life
* Encouragement to mindfully integrate the work of your book with your day-to-day - practices that can be applied to all areas of life
* Personal guidance throughout the course:

  • Weekly Live Chats and Q&A postings - You ask, Christine will answer!
  • Two additional check-in sessions toward the end of the six months to encourage and answer ongoing questions
  • Private Facebook group to connect with Christine and all your fellow aspiring authors
  • Spreecasts with some of our favorite authors, artists and industry experts, including:

Flora Bowley * Marisa Cummings * Marianne Elliott * Kristen Fischer

Alena Hennessy * Tonia Jenny * Jen Lee * Jennifer Lee * Meagan McCrary

Karen Maezen Miller * Melody Ross * Maya Rachel Stein * Kimberly Wilson

but really, what will you get?

The course has been carefully designed to provide a solid foundation and organized structure to support you in the process of creating your book. At the end of the course, you will have a beautiful binder full of downloadable tools, inspiration and resources and will be well on your way to holding your book in your hand.

"Christine is a brilliant artist and writer. All She does is filled with passion and warmth. She is a beautiful teacher and has a way of making all around her feel seen and loved." 

{Kolleen Harrison, Creator of LoveWild}

The intention for the course is two-fold:

1. We will take your book idea - which usually feels huge and overwhelming - and break it down into smaller, more manageable parts.

2. We will explore your values, priorities and ideals so the book creation process unfolds on your terms.

There are plenty of books, courses and encouragement for those wanting to pursue a six-figure book contract and the New York Times bestseller list. While I love big plans and grand visions, I believe any dream - small, medium or large - is best served when pursued with careful thought and intention. When our dreams are brought to life mindfully - and reflect our day-to-day lives - they are imbued with that much more joy, light and truth. Things like families, pets, grocery shopping and laundry are all part of the process and integral elements of our journey.

This is an invaluable opportunity to tap into to the knowledge, wisdom, experience, inspiration and encouragement of an artist, author and creative entrepreneur with 18+ years of experience who loves to support the dreams and visions of others. (Truly, don't miss out on this!)

so, how will it work?

The Conscious Booksmith is a six-week course with video and written content, downloadable exercises, journal prompts and many more inspiring bits and baubles. Christine will be facilitating the course live for the first six weeks...but all the posts and exercises will be available from day one so you can follow the course at your own pace.

The content of the course will be in a private password protected blog. Questions, answers and support will happen on our private Facebook page.

what will you need in order to best participate?

* Your book idea - it can be a novel, biography, photography book, poetry anthology, recipe collection, art how-to…anything at all!

* Computer and high speed internet connection so you can view our videos (if you can watch the promo above you should be fine!)

* A Facebook account if you intend to participate in the community and get support from Christine

* A few basic office supplies - we'll supply the list before the class begins

what is the fee?

Prices will be announced in 2016.

your guide

Christine Mason Miller’s mission to inspire has provided the foundation for a body of work that has generated seven figures in retail sales through commercial illustration, licensing, gallery exhibits, writing, teaching and speaking since 1995.  She has organized and facilitated workshops and retreats at Esalen Institute in Big Sur, Villa Ojai, Squam Art Workshops and other venues around the country.

I began my creative career in 1995 with the launch of a greeting card business called Swirly. Since then I have licensed product lines under three different brands, published three books, and brought an array of other creative projects to life. While these endeavors are multi-faceted, they all exist on the same foundation, which is my desire to inspire others to create a meaningful life and pursue their passions.

I am also a lover of books. I am a self-published author and have taught book-making classes. I am a student of bookmaking and publishing who loves the process of organizing the written word and other content into a form I can hold in my hands.

The Conscious Booksmith brings these two passions together in a way I am wildly excited about. I know how challenging it is to take an idea for a book and begin the work of making it real. I have struggled with my own ideas, writing discipline and motivation. I wrestle with things like procrastination and resistance all the time.

My intention is to guide you to a book creation process that moves as seamlessly as possible within the flow of your daily life. I am here to share what I know and offer you tools, inspiration and encouragement. 

"Christine is a gifted teacher and guide. In her presence one feels safe, loved and empowered to pursue whatever big dreams are calling. She is so steady in her faith in humanity that you can't help but believe in yourself with her by your side."

{Anna Oginsky, Founder of Heart Connected}