Writing, Storytelling & Creative Mentorship

For radical artists & humans alike

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“If you do not breathe through writing, if you do not cry out in writing, or sing in writing, then don’t write, because our culture has no use for it.” —Anaïs Nin

I want to help you pour your heart and soul into both living and creating, however you choose to walk in the world, as whomever you choose to be.

We're living in a very broken place right now, as individuals and a collective humanity that are very much works in progress.

I hold a standing belief that art is some of our lifeblood and salvation, as we attempt to both stay afloat and effect change in this mad world and it's most certainly the gateway I've chosen make a go at having a positive impact and influence.

We need radical creatives making shit out there; and that includes you.

Whether it's rich poetry or prose, crafting a piece of music that makes your soul beat double time, making medicines with plants harvested by hand, choreographing a dance performance that's rich with soul, leaving it all on the canvas, weaving a buckskin pouch, singing until your voice is horse, photographs that capture the very essence of it's subject art and it's artists come in many forms; it's all beautiful, it's all meaningful, and it's all powerful.

Art is the church I visit, creativity is the deity I pray to; storytelling is the healing medicine I imbibe.

I'm also a firm believer that we all have creative gifts inside of us, sometimes buried deeply within, while other times they're right under the surface or, we're in touch with those gifts but struggle to always translate them in the way we want to, coming up against challenges in the relationship we have to our craft.

And when I say "gifts", I don't mean like we're just born with it. Most often creativity and the act of becoming an artist of any kind, usually takes an immense amount of hard work, dedication, and commitment to the craft.

Usually hard work, dedication, and commitment to a craft requires accountability and support — not because we're insufficient on our own, but sometimes because we can drive ourselves crazy in our own head, running circles around something and the support of another person who can also offer tools and resources to help us deeper our relationship to our craft are necessary in the process.

That's where I come in — as someone who's been a radical artist and creative, bucking the systems and paving my own way since I was a teenager (think bailing on college, rejecting 9-5's, trying and giving up on about 10 different career paths until I finally found my way, building my own business and establishing myself with a voice as a writer), I've built a strong relationship to my creative process and picked up a fierce repertoire of resources along the way to support me in my craft as a writer.

Offering mentorship and guidance for artists and humans alike, who are interested in having a more radical relationship to their artistic medium, their courageousness and bravery, their ability to embody and transform their stories and strengthen the muscle of their voice is something I'm insanely passionate about doing, because I believe it's work that changes a persons life.

 
 
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Finding & Diving into Your Artistic Medium of Choice

Whether you think you're one of those people who's, "just not creative" or your well acquainted with your craft, this mentorship experience is a means to have accountability around your process to either deepen with or discover your craft. One of the main things that's kept me creating to more of my potential over the years, has been a lack of accountability and building the right support system to do the work and create what I want to create. This experience is a way to start a relationship with your creativity, or find new avenues to develop how you create your art in the world, the impact it has, and how to both feel more nourished by your creative process and distribute it into the world ina way that can be nourishing for others. It's a means for investing in yourself, in your dedication and commitment to your craft or your ache for more creativity in your life.

 
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Learning the Art of Storytelling & Finding Your Voice

To witness or be witnessed in the sharing of our life stories is one of the most profound things we can experience together as humans. As we learn how to excavate the stories from our lives, lean into the lifelong work of embodying those stories and working through whatever emotion, pain or trauma might be tied to them — and then share them through whatever means we desire to, we're entering into the process of extracting the medicine from what was once our lived experience. Stories can be told through speaking, the written word, dance, music, things we craft with our hands, a painting, sketches, and more — but it requires first finding access to our voice, before we can translate it into embodiment and our artistic medium. Using tools and resources I've relied on for over a decade for finding the truth of my voice to learn the art of telling my stories, we'll use these same tools and resources for you. As Kafka said, “Don’t bend; don’t water it down; don’t try to make it logical; don’t edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.”

 
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Exploring the Creative Process & Finding Your Muses

The creative process can be a tricky bitch sometimes, and when the muse is elusive, things can become even less linear than the act of creating already is. It's taken me years to understand what sorts of muses are constant and which ebb and flow, how to follow that thread and how to come to terms with my creative process, which is still a relationship I'm in constant communication with. We can work on cultivating a capacity for adapting to the sometimes irrational nature of creating and how to deal with evasive muses. I can help you unpack your creative process, understand how it works, make peace with what's not working, feel into the things that truly get under your skin and into your heart to make you want to create and how work from that place as much as possible.

“Most writing is done away from the typewriter, away from the desk. I’d say it occurs in the quiet, silent moments, while you’re walking or shaving or playing a game, or whatever, or even talking to someone you’re not vitally interested in.” —Henry Miller

These one-on-one sessions are 60 minutes long each and held over Skype, Zoom, FaceTime or an audio call (your preference!) with the above topics being the core frame of reference for our work together, including but not limited to:

- Working with blocks in creativity

- Developing bravery & courageousness as an individual & creator

- Coaxing the muse, how I do it & suggestions to help you do it too

- Honing in on what your "craft" is — or if you know what it is, building an even richer relationship to it

- Give you exercises to use regularly to stimulate your creative process

- Familiarize you with non-appropriative ceremony & ritual ideas for getting deeper into your own "story"

- Suggest programs that can take your development as an artist deeper

- Offer you in depth reading lists from some of my favorite writers

- Introduce you to some of my favorite artists, both alive & deceased, that I draw most inspiration from

- Help you to find professional connections in the realm of your creative medium

- Put you in touch with some of my favorite contacts for digital branding & all things online business support

YOU DON'T HAVE TO SEE YOURSELF AS AN ARTISTIC OR CREATIVE PERSON FOR THIS WORK!

The less artistic and creative you feel yourself to be, the bigger the work here likely is for you and it's important to note that I don't have all the answers. By offering mentorship and guidance for people who seek to be more radical creatives and humans, I'm not saying I have it all figured out — because I most certainly do not. What I do know, is that I'm just a woman who's cultivated some skills and experiences in her short lifetime that I know are helpful to other people with similar intentions and pursuits surrounding living and creating fiercely. I'm here to help the best I can, and I'm someone who will honestly tell you, "I don't know" when I just don't know.

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Private Mentorship (Single Session)
150.00
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Private Mentorship (3 Session Package)
400.00
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Note: There will be a limited number of clients I can take on in a monthly basis, which is yet to be determined — so I'll be booking out into the months ahead, as needed.

Upon receiving your purchase, I'll reply within 24-48 hours with a personal e-mail to explain the next steps for booking session time slots, what you can do to prepare in advance & more information on what to expect.

If you have any questions about my mentorship offerings, please don't hesitate to shoot me an e-mail at info@alexandraschueler.com, and I'll get back to you as soon as possible!