Preorder Journaling Book Now!

Coming in June 2021, a new book from Routledge with a chapter I wrote about How Journaling Benefits Your Coaching and Your Clients. I’m so happy to be a contributor to this book, co-edited by Eric Maisel and Lynda Monk! The list of contributors – more than 50 of us – is impressive, and the topics covered are really interesting. It’s a pleasure to be a part of this project.

I recently wrote about my longtime focus on journaling for the BACCALiterary blog, and am also developing a new course about the practices I’ve come to call Becoming Unstuck Journaling for writers. I’ve been studying creativity coaching and course development with Eric Maisel, and that’s how I came to be involved in this new book.

The forthcoming book is titled Transformational Journaling for Coaches, Therapists, and Clients: A Complete Guide to the Benefits of Personal Writing and is intended for coaches, therapists and other mental health professionals, and people interested in using journaling as a tool for personal growth.

It’s already available for preorder, so go ahead and take advantage of the price guarantee now.

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Writer Workshop: Being Seen • Independent Author Media Kit, Over the Moon Bookstore and Artisan Gallery, Crozet, VA, Monday 26 March 2018 from 7 to 9pm

Join local authors and advisers A M Carley and Carolyn O’Neal for a hands-on instructional workshop. In addition to attendance at the evening workshop, your ticket entitles you to the Being Seen Workbook, with worksheets, quizzes, checklists, and prompts to equip you as an independent writer. Ticket price also includes a copy of FLOAT • Becoming Unstuck for Writers, the desk reference and guidebook by A M Carley for writers who enjoy supporting their creative experience.

Tickets are $20. Reserve your tickets now when you visit Over the Moon Bookstore, or send your purchase request via email to

Group size is limited, to assure a productive and comfortable workshop for all participants.

Writer Workshop: The Independent Author’s Media Kit, Baine’s Books & Coffee, Appomattox, VA, Saturday 17 March 2018

Independent Author’s Media Kit Workshop at Baine’s, Appomattox, VA 17 March 2018

Saturday, March 17th, from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm, Baine’s will host a special workshop, “The Independent Writer’s Media Kit,” with local authors, A M Carley and Carolyn O’Neal. Connect with and learn from experienced independent writers and advisers to develop strategies and tools to promote your work. Whether you are new to independent publishing, or a seasoned veteran looking for fresh ideas, this is an opportunity to take your marketing strategy to the next level.

Your ticket for the workshop will include two hours of insight and attention in a small-group setting, as well as light refreshments, and a copy of the Being Seen Workbook, with worksheets, quizzes, checklists, and prompts to equip you for your future needs as an independent writer.

Register before March 10th for only $20. After March 10th, the registration fee increases to $25. Reserve your place now when you visit Baine’s Books in Appomattox and Scottsville, or send your registration request via email to Group size is limited, to assure a productive and comfortable workshop for all participants.

Dreams and Destinations Writer Workshop, Staunton (VA) Public Library, 6 Jan 2018

Dreams and Destinations Writer Workshop, Staunton, VA 6 January 2018

Sponsored by SWAG Writers, a sub-chapter of the Blue Ridge Writers of the Virginia Writers Club, this is a hands-on writer’s workshop.

Join experienced book coaches A M Carley and Ginger Moran as they guide you through the planning process for getting your writing done in 2018.

Be sure to bring your favorite pen or pencil! We’ve developed a special workbook for your use during our time together. We’ll provide individualized feedback and encouragement as you devise your own year-long itinerary.

Charlottesville Book Fair Saturday 18 November 2017

Charlottesville Book Fair – Local Authors • Global Reach. Saturday November 18 from 10am to 4pm

At CitySpace on Charlottesville, VA’s Downtown Mall, join A M Carley, along with guest authors Christine Ballard, Jeanne Schlesinger, and Zack Bonnie, for a day of book events and signings. Pick up your copies of FLOAT • Becoming Unstuck for Writers, and the brand-new FLOAT Cards for Writers!

Get books from our guest authors, who will be happy to sign them for you (for yourself, and as gifts).

The Charlottesville Book Fair will run from 10am to 4pm and feature authors, readers, and guest musicians. Support independent authors and small publishers and attend this free event. (A great opportunity to take care of your holiday gift-buying, too.)

Book Event at Baine’s Books & Coffee in Scottsville, VA on Saturday Morning, 9 September 2017

At Baine’s, Scottsville, VA 9 Sep 2017

A M Carley visits Baine’s Books & Coffee, in historic downtown Scottsville (485 Valley Street, Scottsville, VA 24590), on September 9th, for Second Saturday.

Are you a writer? Do you want to become one? Come for Baine’s coffee and treats, and stay for practical talk about the craft of writing. It all begins at 10AM on Saturday 9 Sep 2017. Bring your questions to this FLOAT book event, and talk about ways of becoming unstuck with your writing project. Talk with the author, Anne Carley, and get your book signed.

Mapping Your Writing Journey, Staunton, VA, Saturday 29 April 2017

In Staunton, Virginia at the Staunton Public Library, Chenille Books founder Anne M Carley joins author and writing coach Ginger Moran for Mapping Your Writing Journey: How to Navigate the Four Stages.

The event, which is offered free of charge to the writing community, will include presentations from both Ginger and Anne, followed by a Q&A period for questions and discussions with audience members. Sponsorship is provided by SWAG Writers, a sub-chapter of the Blue Ridge Writers of the Virginia Writers Club.

Join us on Saturday 29 April 2017 from 2pm to 3:30pm at the Staunton Public Library, 1 Churchville Avenue, Staunton, VA 24401. Go to the meeting room on the second floor.


Interview for Thuy Pham’s Get On Your Quest Podcast

How to Become Unstuck as a Writer – Thuy Pham interviews A M Carley

Bay Area training and coaching professional Thuy Pham invited Chenille Books founder Anne M Carley for a chat in February 2017, as part of Thuy’s podcast series, Get On Your Quest.

Their conversation, “How to Become Unstuck as a Writer,” ranged from their reminiscences of childhood adventures in writing (and not writing) to the importance of community and the value of an outline. (We’re told the episode became Thuy’s most popular yet!)

Listen here. View the transcript here.

Local Author Book Fair at WriterHouse 4 December 2016

In Charlottesville, Virginia, in early December, Anne M Carley joins local writers for a Holiday Book Fair at WriterHouse. Anne is bringing food and wine to share – as are the other authors – and copies of her just-published book, FLOAT • Becoming Unstuck for Writers. Pick up several copies – they make a great gift for the writers in your life. And if you want to chat about how to become unstuck, this will be the perfect opportunity.

From 1 to 4pm on Sunday 4 December 2016 at WriterHouse. All ages are welcome. Special kids’ room with treats just for them.

Poster for Book Fair

WriterHouse Book Fair 4 Dec 2016

WriterHouse is just off Preston Avenue, behind Bodo’s Bagels, at 508 Dale Avenue, Charlottesville, VA 22902. Click for the map.

Writers Retreat July 2016

In Radiant, Virginia, at the end of July 2016, Andi Cumbo-Floyd is hosting a weekend writer’s retreat. Read all about it here. Last time we checked, there were a only few spaces open – registrations are filling up! The retreat welcomes a maximum of thirty writers.

poster for writer's retreat from 29-31 july 2016

Writer’s Retreat 29-31 July 2016

Becoming Unstuck for Writers

At the retreat, Chenille Books’ own Anne M Carley will present a workshop on Becoming Unstuck for Writers. Introducing some of the materials from her forthcoming book, Anne will work with a small group of writers at the retreat.

Other presenters include – well, just read this, from the retreat web page:

Saturday’s schedule will include craft talks, workshop groups, more good food, and a special evening event. Our presenters are Jennifer Niesslein of Full Grown People, Christie Purifoy, author of Roots and Sky, and Anne Carley of Chenille Books. That afternoon, Shawn Smucker and Andi Cumbo-Floyd will be leading discussions on various aspects of the writer’s life including the need for silence, the importance of a writing practice, and some tips for getting to the page on a regular basis.

Saturday evening, Sharon Morgan will be giving a reading from her own creative work, and we’ll all have a chance to talk with her about writing nonfiction.

Sunday morning, we will wrap up our time together with a visit from Jane Friedman, who will be joining us to talk about the business side of writing; you won’t want to miss that. Then, we’ll do a bit of goal-setting, conversation, questions, and an exchange of contact information.

Contact the organizers here for registration details.

Writing at the Library

As a founding member of writer group BACCA Literary, Anne Carley co-presented an event at Charlottesville’s Jefferson-Madison Regional Library.

Find Your Writing Community

Designed to help local writers find or create their own writer group, we organized a writers’ mixer for the evening of 7 October 2015.event flyer for JMRL Writers Mixer October 2015

Meet (Or Create) Your Own Writing Group, VaBook 2015

Virginia Festival of the Book 2015March 2015 brought the annual Virginia Festival of the Book to Charlottesville again, and, again, BACCA Literary hosted an event for writers.

Bethany Carlson, Anne Carley, Carolyn O'Neal presenting at VaBook 2015

Bethany Carlson, A M Carley, Carolyn O’Neal presenting at VaBook 2015

Chenille Books principal Anne Carley, a founding member of BACCA, took responsibility for representing introverts at the panel, Meet (Or Create) Your Own Writing Group.


Virginia Writers Club Annual Symposium 2015

Bethany Carlson, Carolyn O'Neal, Anne Carley event at Va. Writers Club Symposium August 2015

Bethany Carlson, Carolyn O’Neal, & A M Carley event at Virginia Writers Club Symposium August 2015

August 2015 took the members of BACCA Literary, including  A M Carley, to Piedmont Virginia Community College for the Virginia Writers Club annual symposium, Navigating Your Writing Life: Balancing Craft and Business.

We presented an event, to help local writers get acquainted and learn more about starting or joining a writer group. A great time was enjoyed by all.


Virginia Writers Club logo

Creating a Great Writing Group, VaBook 2013

VaBook 2013 PosterBACCA Literary’s first public event, Creating a Great Writing Group, was a blast. A M Carley, a co-founder of BACCA, was among the presenters.

Attendees chatted with us before and after, about writing groups they loved, and situations that had soured. We shared techniques and guidelines that can help keep a group on track, working well.

From the left, presenters at the Virginia Festival of the Book were the BACCA co-founders, Claire Elizabeth Cameron, Carolyn O’Neal, A M Carley, and Bethany Joy Carlson.

BACCA Literary members at VaBook 2013

For all the juicy details about what happened, read this!