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Industry Insider – Letting go – Why do we keep telling the same story over and over again?

12 July @ 10:00 - 11:00 BST

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Eight years ago, author Cat Weatherill spent two months on a beach in Goa, India. Since then, she has written four memoir versions of the experience, a full-length fictionalised novel and more. None of them have ‘worked’, either to her satisfaction or to an agent’s. Now she has decided, finally, to let go of the idea. But she can’t help wondering: why has it taken so long?

 This session will explore why we become shackled to particular stories. Whether it is an autobiographical story or a piece of pure fiction, why do we try, over and over again, to make it work? Is it because we feel it is ‘the one’ that will bring success, or is such writing self-therapy? Is it better to let go and move on?

Cat invites author coach and energy healer Dr Gulara Vincent and award-winning Croatian author Dr Kristina Gavran to suggest ways forward.




  • Welcome, housekeeping and introductions by Cat Weatherill (5 mins)
  • Panel discussion chaired by Cat Weatherill with Dr Gulara Vincent and Dr Kristina Gavran (30 mins)
  • Questions from the audience (20 mins)
  • Summary and closing comments from Cat Weatherill (5 mins)




What will this session cover? 

  • Is this kind of writing self-therapy? Even when it is a ‘happy’ story?
  • If so, should we be sharing it with the reading public?
  • Who does it help?
  • Is it better to let go and move on?
  • What is the best way to find ‘closure?’
  • Why do we become ‘stuck’ in the first place?
  • When do we know it is time to move on?
  • How can we let go?
  • What can we do if friends or professionals are pressing us to share the story?
  • Is it better to fictionalise your life story, especially if there is trauma involved? What are the pros and cons of each?


Who is this session for? 

This session is for anyone who is fixed upon one idea, whether autobiographical or fictional, and would like help moving forward.


Send us your questions in advance 

If you would like to send questions in advance, email with lbrendfish@societyofauthors.org with ‘Letting Go’ in the subject header. We will prioritise questions sent in advance and answer as many as we can from the audience on the day.


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The line-up 


Dr Gulara Vincent – Author coach and energy healer 

Gulara Vincent is a bestselling author of Hammer, Sickle & Broom, associate law lecturer, and certified energy healer. She uses all these avenues to give voice to under-represented communities. Currently, Gulara is working on a sequel to her memoir. She lives in rural Dartmoor National Park with her two children.

Website: www.gularavincent.co.uk | Twitter: @gulara_vincent | Instagram: @gulara_vincent


Dr Kristina Gavran – Author

Kristina Gavran is a writer from Croatia, living in the UK for the last 8 years. Kristina did a doctoral research at Loughborough University on true-life storytelling performance. She writes theatre plays (Pepper and Honey – toured around England), novels (Palisander Guitar – finals of the European Literature award, translated into French, Macedonian and Bulgarian) and short stories (Rain in India, Summer in Berlin – best debut by Croatian Writer’s Association). Her plays premiered in numerous Croatian theatres and were broadcast on Croatian National Radio.

Website: www.kristinagavran.com | Twitter: @KristinaGavran | Instagram: @kristina.gavran


Cat Weatherill – Author

Cat Weatherill is a best-selling author and performance storyteller. She enjoys the freshness of short projects and most recently enjoyed a commission from the Royal Shakespeare Company, creating stories from archives within the Costume Department at Stratford Upon Avon. She is the storyteller-in-residence at Blenheim Palace.

Website: catweatherill.co.uk  | Twitter: @catweatherill  




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  • Attendees have the option to turn on the live transcript option
  • This event is 60 minutes.

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