Fallen into bad writing habits?

You need to reset

This spring, beat your blocks and get focused again with our Writing Bootcamp.

“Bec and Chris have catalyzed the wisdom from researchers and writers from across various fields into this amazing bootcamp! Their program fit easily into my hectic schedule and quickly formed a type of scaffolding to shore-up my writing and strengthen my process. Their simple tools of crafting goals and engaging with daily reflection will be with me for years to come, the Prolifiko support structure is built to last!”

- Lettie Y. Conrad - editor at The Scholarly Kitchen, North American Editor of Learned Publishing

The bootcamp was very helpful for me at a time when I was feeling overwhelmed and needed a boost to tackle another draft of my novel. I established a daily writing practice and learnt some solid tactics to approach my writing in a healthier, more sustainable way. Chris and Bec have a wealth of knowledge about creativity and productivity, and a very open, approachable communication style. At the end of the bootcamp I’d achieved my goals, was back in the zone and had some great ways to deal with the uncertainty and pressures of a major writing project.

- Louise - young adult fiction author

100% improvement…

So far, every bootcamp participant who has completed our program says they feel more confident and satisfied with their writing practice than before.

What could you achieve?

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“I had an article published in The Conversation today. I wanted to tell you because it is my proudest piece of writing and I would never have got this done had you not helped me such a lot to learn some positive thinking and resilience skills. So thank you. I actually can say I enjoyed writing it and I think it has given me a taste of how my writing experience can be more rewarding.”

- Sarah Brooks, management writer

Swap bad writing habits for good ones 💫

It’s easy to fall into bad writing habits. To keep doing things that might have worked once but don’t anymore.

When your writing practice isn’t working for you – you need to make a change and that is what our bootcamp programme is all about.

Featuring structured coaching and personalised, 1-to-1 support from an expert accountability coach, our 4-week bootcamp programme helps you overcome the blocks you’re  facing now and build a consistent practice for the future.

It helps you enjoy writing again and gives you the motivation, confidence and resilience you need to see your projects through to the end.

Our 4 Week Writing Bootcamp starts Spring 2021 – just 10 places available at £399 per place. 

Reset your relationship with writing

Learn new tactics and approaches that will stay with you for life

🎯 Feel more focussed: Manage distractions, perfectionism and procrastination.

 📈 Write more regularly: Find a routine that works for you and your life.

💯 Grow in confidence: Beat your blocks and stop feeling overwhelmed.

💥 Get fired up to finish! Feel fulfilled and motivated – reconnect with your writing again!

Prolifiko helped me learn how to take control over both internal and external influences that can disrupt my writing. Your support over the past 4 weeks has enabled me to develop a healthy long-term writing practice that suits me and my schedule.

- Mohamed M. Hammad

Hi there 👋 we’re your bootcamp coaches Bec and Chris…

When you take our bootcamp plan, we’re your coaches.

We’re both trainers, expert facilitators and professional coaches with over 30 years’ experience helping writers develop healthier, happier, easier and less stressful relationships with writing. 

For us, productivity isn’t about chaining yourself to your desk, writing for longer or working harder – often quite the reverse – it’s about finding the approaches, tactics and tools that work for you.

There’s no one way to be productive there are many, it’s our job as your bootcamp coaches to help you find a system that suits you and your life.

We hope to speak to you soon. 

Bec and Chris

 

I really found the last 4 weeks very helpful and I would like to thank Prolifiko for their support. I much appreciate all the tips, exercises and reflections, which sometimes were uncomfortable but in the end they made me grow. Thanks very much!

- Dr Karla Zimpel-Leal

Our 4 Week Writing Bootcamp starts Spring 2021 – just 10 places available at £399 per place. 

prolifiko approach

Stop feeling frustrated and regain your writing confidence

Our coaching model is rooted in years of research and application and takes elements of behaviour design, neuroscience and psychology to help you write more easily and more regularly.

Working with your life as it is, the bootcamp helps you to notice and identify what helps and hinders your writing practice in four key areas: goal setting, time-management, mindset and motivation.

The programme gives you the tools and strategies you need to defeat your obstacles, overcome your blocks and barriers – and keep writing long term.

Having completed a 7-Day Writing Sprint I already knew how influential working with Prolifiko was, how it could and would change my approach and attitude to writing, and the bootcamp confirmed this. I’ve found ways of managing a long-term fear of committing words to the page and have produced some writing that I am really happy with. You have given me a new energy to write. Thank you.

Prof. Abigail Harrison Moore

Over 6 weeks you receive

→ Personalised support from a dedicated writing productivity coach.

→ A tried and tested coaching programme based around reflective  practice and accountability.

→ Deep dive coaching calls that top and tail the course.

→ Weekly themes exploring an area of writing practice.

→ Twice-weekly accountability and trouble-shooting check-ins with your coach.

→ Tailored tips and exercises – responsive to your needs.

Personalised problem-solving

Before the programme starts you complete a questionnaire telling us about your writing and the challenges and blocks you face.

Then, we fix up a time to meet over video or phone to expand on your writing practice and coaching requirements.

Together, we structure your writing goal for the month and develop a plan of action that’s just for you.

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Distracted Writers

“The bootcamp was invaluable for me. Before I started, I was stuck and struggling with writing as part of my PhD. I was spending hours rooted to my desk and doing all sorts of things other than writing. The bootcamp allowed me to identify what was limiting me and in time, working through the issues, setting up a regular writing routine. I had the chance to find what works for me and I ended the program with a key piece of writing drafted. I am now writing regularly and I am so thankful for the support offered during the bootcamp.”

- Jackie Walumbe, researcher

“Prolifiko showed me how to reflect on and understand my own writing process, encouraging me to experiment with different approaches. They helped me to realise that it wasn’t possible to recreate the set-up I enjoyed during my PhD, and to develop far healthier habits that allowed me to work effectively under very strange and difficult circumstances. Some months on, I continue to make use of the insights and tools. This is a terrific course that really helps you to play to your strengths and deal with obstacles.  Highly recommended!”  

- Kirsten Lloyd, academic writer

How it works

Week 1: Goal setting

The first week is about managing obstacles and planning ahead. We hone down your writing goal and investigate the common obstacles and barriers that you face.

✓ Become more conscious of the things that stop you writing

✓ Implement strategies to combat your barriers

✓ Understand the fundamentals of reflective practice – a life-long skill

Week 2: Time

Next, the focus turns to time: finding it, managing it, scheduling it and prioritising writing alongside other things going on in your life.

✓ Discover your scheduling type

✓ Develop ways you use your time more effectively

✓ Learn how to prioritise writing in your life

Week 3: Mindset 

Week 3 is about tackling your writing demons: distraction, anxiety, procrastination, self-doubt and guilt. You understand what blockers hold you back and develop new strategies to beat them.

✓ Learn tactics that address negative thoughts

✓ Tackle your unhelpful behaviours and toxic cycles

✓ Manage distractions and design a productive writing environment

 Week 4: Motivation

The final week is about keeping going. You learn the tactics, tips, behaviours and mental models that will keep you moving forwards and feeling motivated – long term.

✓ Learn what helps you write and embed them into your process

✓ Regain your focus, confidence and motivation

✓ Build a rock-solid practice that’s with you for life

Want a free taster of our approach?

Take a rocket-fuelled writing sprint!

Unique to Prolifiko, a 7-Day Writing Sprint is a free structured daily writing challenge that helps you blow away the cobwebs and supercharge your progress over a week.

We run one writing sprint from the first Monday of every month and getting started is simple. Sign up to our sprint club and pick a start date.

“As an early career academic writer and recent PhD graduate, I’ve struggled with lack of confidence in my writing abilities and insecurities in my new job as post-doc. The boot camp came at the perfect time to reset myself for the coming years. The program’s exercises, reflections, and coaching were spot on, and having worked with Prolifiko before, I could dig deeper into reflections and work out more specific techniques than I did previously.”

- Manuela Hartwig

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FAQ

When will the course start and end?

The programme will start in May 2021 (dates TBC) but we will hold a one-to-one coaching call with you in the two weeks prior to that date. Wrap up coaching calls can be held in the two weeks after the course has ended.

Is the course for a particular type of writer or writing?

We are VERY inclusive. Our coaching programs are about helping you to improve your productivity and get unblocked whatever you are writing. Professors, poets, business writers, PhDs, novelists, short story writers, scriptwriters, memoirists (you get the picture) are all welcome…

Is it really personalised and tailored?

Yes. We don’t send you generic advice we give you coaching support that’s 100% tailored to your needs. You receive direct email advice and coaching throughout the programme from a dedicated coach.

How much time will it take?

You don’t need to dedicate extra time to do the programme. The programme isn’t a ‘course’ in a traditional sense – it’s coaching.  The bootcamp isn’t about giving you ‘another thing to do’ it’s about helping you reflect on how you write and the blocks and barriers you face. There are no lessons involved but rather, we give you reflection exercises to try and tip sheets to read – but only when and where you need these.

How’s it delivered and structured?

Your bootcamp is a combination of reflective practice and accountability. It kicks off with a 30 minute call where we talk about your specific writing blocks and barriers and what you need from coaching. We give you a theme to focus on at start of the week and you receive a check in at the end of the week from Bec or Chris – depending on who your dedicated coach is. This helps you reflect on your progress and provides accountability.  We provide support throughout and where needed, we send you tips, exercise sheets and further reading. Your coaches are available by email at any time. 

Tell me about the coaching calls

On your initial call you work with either Bec or Chris to determine a goal for the four week course and discuss what you want from the programme. We delve into your writing challenges and offer immediate advice and support, signposting you to downloadable tip sheets and exercises. This provides you with the support and accountability to need to progress your writing.

Do I need to do all the reflection exercises?

As with life in general, you only get out what you put in. We can’t make you do the work, but you’ll be missing out if you don’t make time for the exercises we send you. We’ve designed the course around a pedagogy which mean that one week’s theme flows into the next, so it builds week by week. The writers who engage fully with the programme get the most out of it, those who don’t, don’t. It’s really up to you.

Do I need to come prepared?

The bootcamp course is designed for people who already have a project (or projects) that they want to write. Before the course starts, we’ll send you a questionnaire to help you start thinking through what you want to achieve from the course and how you want to advance your writing practice. This will support your preparation and help you plan for the course.

I don’t have anything to write – can you help?

No, we’re sorry but this course isn’t right for you. It’s for writers who have a project in mind or have a work in progress and want to invest in improving their writing practice. We can help you choose the best project to work on, but you do need an idea before taking the course.

How involved will Bec and Chris be in the course?

You be allocated either Bec or Chris as your coach at the beginning of the course. We’ll be involved throughout, starting with your initial coaching call and keeping the course moving through each of the assignments. You can contact them at any time via email.  The course will close with a final coaching session to discuss your next steps. 

What if the time’s not right to do the course?

No problem – but let us ask you this: Be honest with yourself. Do you REALLY see a time that will ever be right? This course is all about finding a time NOW in the busyness and chaos of your life as it is. You might never find a perfect time… just sayin’…

You’re Brits right – how will this work if I’m in a different time zone?
Indeed we are Brits (you mean you can hear us drinking Earl Grey from our bone china tea cups from where you are?). The emails will be sent early morning in GMT/BST and coaching calls will be organised at a time that suits us both. We regularly welcome writers to our programmes from across the globe so will be as flexible as we can.

Are there any marked assignments at the end?
No, it’s not school so we don’t mark your work. However, each week we will ask you to submit a reflection so we can support your learning and monitor your progress. Again, this is about working with you to develop your process and practice over the course of a month.

Will the course help me come up with ideas?

The bootcamp is predominantly about helping writers to combat their blocks and barriers to writing and improving their productivity in a way that’s meaningful to them. It’s not really about idea generation although that’s usually a happy by-product from engaging with your writing.

Do you review or edit my writing?
No. Although you can ask our other participants and you might be able to find someone to buddy up with. We find that writing groups are great for accountability and for building longer term structure to support your writing.

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