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Feel Good Friday – Looking After your Whole Self as an Author

16 June @ 11:00 - 11:45 BST

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As an author it is important to look after your whole self so that you can keep doing the work you do and have a long career. It’s easy to forget to look after ourself and to fall into burnout or overwhelm, but if you are run down and uninspired your work, and the pleasure you take from it, is likely to be affected. This session will look at the way authors can nourish themselves through a practice of self care, creativity and joy,  to be at their best when writing or promoting their books.



  • Welcome and Introductions by Lilly Brend-Fish, Events & Outreach Assistant, SoA (3 mins)
  • Presentation by Kelly Weekes 30 mins)
  • Q&A with audience (10 mins)
  • Outro (2 mins)


What will this session cover?

This session will cover

  • Why it is so important to look after yourself as an author
  • Self care
  • Avoiding burnout
  • Setting healthy boundaries
  • Replenishing your creativity
  • The importance of joy and gratitude


Who is this session for?

All authors and writers who want to create healthy habits and look after themselves, to be their best selves when they work.


The Line-up

Kelly Weekes

Kelly Weekes is a Mindset and Confidence Coach and Marketing Mentor for authors. She cares deeply about equipping authors with the mindset and practical tools to support them through their journeys of becoming and thriving as authors. She has extensive industry experience and insight, having worked in marketing at two of the UK’s biggest publishers, but she also understands the particular challenges that can come from working largely alone, having worked for herself for six years.

She is an accredited coach with the Institute of Leadership and Management and helps the authors she works with navigate the mindset and confidence challenges they might face such as overwhelm, self-doubt, rejection and burnout, so they can move forward in and enjoy their author careers. Kelly also uses her marketing expertise to help authors build their confidence when marketing, with particular focus on their social media and marketing content.

Website: www.kellyweekes.co.uk | Instagram: @kelly_weekes | Twitter: @kelly_weekes


Send us your questions in advance

If you would like to send questions in advance, email [email protected] with ‘Draw along with Sarah McIntyre’ in the subject header. We will prioritise questions sent in advance and answer as many as we can from the audience on the day.


SoA @ Home Fundraising Bookshop

Browse our virtual Bookshop.org store featuring books by authors and speakers taking part in the SoA @ Home Festival. When you make a purchase using our affiliate links, a percentage will go to the Authors’ Contingency Fund, providing hardship grants to authors in financial difficulty.


Need to know


  • Attendees will have the option to turn on the live transcript option to watch with subtitles
  • If you require BSL interpretation for this event, please email [email protected]

Before the event

  • Once registered, you will be sent a confirmation email with the Zoom link
  • If the confirmation email doesn’t arrive in your inbox, please check your junk/spam email folder
  • Please add [email protected] to your Safe Senders list so you receive our confirmation and reminder emails

During the event

  • This online event will take place on Zoom Meetings; you will have the option to be on camera or not, you can ask questions in the chat or directly
  • This event will be recorded
  • Attendees have the option to turn on the live transcript option
  • This event is 45 minutes

After the event

  • Hashtag for this event: #SoAatHome
  • You’ll be able to catch the recording on our Vimeo Channel



Book your place by using the registration below.

All #SoAatHome events are free but if you can afford to, please consider donating to our Authors’ Contingency Fund and we suggest a minimum donation of £5. The fund is to help professional authors experiencing financial hardship. DONATE HERE


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Financial support for authors in need through the health crisis and beyond

Since March 2020, the Authors’ Contingency Fund has distributed over £1 million in small grants to authors facing financial hardship due to COVID-19.

With at least 57% of authors facing financial losses during the pandemic, we have helped people struggling financially due to contractual, employment and event cancellations, others who have lost income due to illness, and others prevented from working because of caring responsibilities.

As the health crisis continues, applications for grants continue to come in, and our emergency funds are running low.

So, if you are in a position to help, please donate via the link below. If you are an author facing financial hardship, please click here to see if we can help.


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20% off your first year with discount code SOAFESTIVAL20

The Society of Authors is the UK’s biggest trade union for authors – representing more than 11,300 writers, illustrators, translators and other creative practitioners.

Our standard subscription rate is just £26.25 per quarter (£18.50 for students).

As an SoA member, you’ll get:

  • Access to all our SoA @ Home Festival events for free
  • Unlimited one-to-one professional advice
  • Membership of our online and real-world professional networks
  • A range of member-only discounts, including books, insurance and travel
  • And much more.



We will send you the Zoom joining details by email.

Please email [email protected] if you do not receive them.

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16 June
11:00 - 11:45 BST
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