UNBLOCK YOUR CREATIVE BLOCK: How To Access Your Infinite Imagination and Free Your Creativity – A Masterclass for Comics Creators, Authors and Illustrators (MELBOURNE)

Unblock the BlockWho Should Attend

Does any of this sound familiar?

  • You sit down to begin writing, and many hours later you’re still staring at a blank screen or page.
  • You pull out your sketchbook to rough out some illustrations or sequential art, but start focusing on the housework instead.
  • Every time you finish a creative project you feel a sense of dread in the pit of your stomach, wondering when (or if) you’re ever going to write or illustrate again.
  • You’ve received praise for your first published book, but enter a state of inertia because you have absolutely NO idea what your second one is going to be about.
  • You’ve been prolific in a particular niche or genre and now want to break out and experiment, but your fear of entering your “discomfort” zone has paralysed you.
  • You want to partner with bigger and more well-known comics collaborators, authors or artists in your space, but you know they wouldn’t be interested because your creative output has been unoriginal and ordinary.
  • You would love to be in possession of a proven system to banish creative blocks, so you can truly find your creative voice and focus on achieving the writing or illustration career of your dreams.

If this sounds like you, then know you’re not alone. In fact, MANY comics creators, writers and artists struggle with these very same issues. And that’s because there is a common thread running through all of these problems—

They don’t understand how their greater subconscious mind – the seat of their creativity – operates, or indeed how to access this free flowing inspirational state over and over again with ease.

Before we go any further let me tell you about myself…

About the Presenter

I’m a freelance writer and editor, and I work in the comics space. I grew up surrounded by literature, music and the fine arts. English was my favourite subject at school, and creative writing came naturally to me until I started Year 11 and began studying for my HSC. It was at that time when we were forced to switch from fiction writing to essay writing, followed by three years of technical report writing at TAFE and my first job.

After I left the workforce I enrolled in a BA in Professional Writing at the University of Canberra, which had been my long time dream. However, when I actually started writing again I was shocked to discover I couldn’t do it. The material I generated was turgid, self-conscious, unimaginative and uninspiring, in complete contrast to my school days up to Year 10. I didn’t understand what was happening, and progressively began losing confidence.

The breakthrough came at the beginning of the second year when we were given a short-story assignment. I had an original but delicate idea for the story. Instead of torturing myself for endless days at the computer as I had on previous occasions, I decided to experiment with a self-directed visualisation. I dropped myself into a relaxed state, and then gave myself a suggestion that the story had already been written—indeed, I visualised it typed up on a wad of thick, expensive, white A4 paper. Once I brought myself back to full waking consciousness I typed out that story in one sitting. I then made some minor corrections before handing it in. A few weeks later the lecturer singled it out as an example of excellent storytelling, and read it out loud to the rest of the tutorial group. I also received my first High Distinction. I tell you this personal story not to brag, but to demonstrate the positive impact that ONE session of working on myself from within had on restoring my mind to its innate creative state.

After that, I began to understand how my creativity operated, and kept my mind in a loose day dreaming state whenever I needed inspiration and to write. Most importantly, I never suffered from writers block again (and indeed went on to be published in the USA with over 270,000 sales of my comic books all over the world!).

Over the years I discovered that outside of my love for crafting stories my calling has been to help people perform up to the level of their true potential. I eventually became a clinical hypnotherapist, and had a busy part-time practice in Sydney for 11 years. Since that time I discovered that creative blocks are one of the creative community’s most private and occasionally shameful problems. This has what led me to create this masterclass, which teaches a five step system.


Creative blocks come in different guises and strengths, but the solution lies in understanding how creativity works within the framework and dynamics of your conscious and subconscious minds, and in applying some simple and effective techniques.

So imagine learning a system to help you transition from feeling like a stagnant clogged up pond to becoming a flowing river of inspirational ideas that you can channel into your creative projects!

What You Will Learn

When you register for this masterclass you’re going to discover a simple 5-step system that will help you:

  • Understand the differences between the conscious and subconscious minds and how they operate
  • Learn how to feed and nurture your imagination, as well as how to make friends with your creative mind
  • Utilise simple and effective transitioning strategies so you can enter your creative mind whenever and wherever you want and discover its many riches and colours
  • Understand the obstacles and impediments to free-flowing creativity
  • Comprehend the universal Laws that govern your mental processes so you can work with them rather than against them
  • Learn simple and effective experiential techniques to open your creative doorways
  • Construct your own unique and powerful Imaginarium so you can solve creative problems, as well as manifest ideas, characters and stories with ease
  • And more!

If your mission is to be prolific and to create fabulous written or artistic material that attracts opportunities in the marketplace without worrying, freezing or procrastinating every time you sit down to write or draw then this masterclass may well be the important key you need to move in that direction.

Presenter’s Bio

Julie Ditrich HeadshotJulie Ditrich is a professional writer / editor and comics creator, as well as a publishing consultant. Julie was also a Clinical Hypnotherapist and a Registered PSH Therapist, and had a practice in the Macarthur area and the Sydney CBD for 11 years. Julie has a BA in Professional Writing (University of Canberra). She has worked in mainstream publishing as a bookseller, publicist, marketing manager, author and literary program coordinator. She was employed as publications manager at the Australian Society of Authors (ASA) where she commissioned, wrote and edited books and professional papers on authorship. Concurrently, Julie contributed to the Oblagon comics anthology for Kaleidoscope (Australia) and worked as a co-writer on ElfQuest: WaveDancers for Warp Graphics (USA) and the Dart miniseries for Image Comics (USA), which resulted in sales of over 270,000 comics all over the world. Since 2004, Julie has worked as a freelance writer, editor and publishing consultant.  She has worked as a manuscript assessor and editor on several short stories and graphic novels for Australian writers and publishers, and taught comics and graphic novels at the NSW Writers’ Centre, City of Sydney, Broken Hill Library, Nepean Mental Health Service, and the JMC Academy in Sydney. She has been a panelist on various comics sessions run by the South Coast Writers’ Centre and the NSW Writers’ Centre, and presented workshops on the comics medium at the Gloucester Writers’ Festival (Gloucester), ComicsCraft (Dubbo), Central West ComicsFest (Parkes), ComicGong (Wollongong), Comic Con-versation (Ashfield) and soon at Book Expo Australia (Sydney – October 2016). Julie was the co-founder of the ASA Comics / Graphic Novels Portfolio and was the co-portfolio holder between 2007 and 2012. Julie has also worked as a professional development mentor at the ASA. In recent years, she contributed to the Supanova Tides of Hope anthology, wrote the script for the epic fantasy Elf~Fin: Hyfus & Tilaweed comic book series for Black Mermaid Productions (Australia), which began its release in 2013, as well as contributed to the Beyond Blue Australia graphic novel anthology for ComicOz in 2015. Julie was recently appointed as the editor of the Australian Journal of Clinical Hypnotherapy and Hypnosis, and is also editing a children’s graphic novel for Magabala Books. She is also currently working on several short prose and comics stories for independent publishers, which will be published in 2017. Julie is the founder of Comics Mastermind™, and has not had writer’s block since she was 21 years old!

Event Information

Date: Saturday 22 October 2016
Time: 10:30am to 1:00pm (FREE BREAKOUT SESSION beforehand: 9:30 to 10:15am – see below)
Duration: 2.5 hours
Venue: Workshop Room, The Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne Vic 3000
(03) 9094 7809

Format: Face to face (theory plus practical and experiential)
Audience: Age: 18+
Categories: Creative development; Self development
Level: Emerging, developing and established comics creators, authors and illustrators
Materials to Bring: Pen, pencil, notebook, and / or computer to take notes, pillow
Investment: Please find following our fee structure:

  • THE COMICS VOICE Ezine Subscribers: $57
  • Partner organisation – Australian Cartoonists’ Association (ACA), Australian Society of Authors (ASA), Australian Writers Network (AWN), Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), Sydney Comics Guild (SCG): $77
  • Full: $97

Further Information: Email admin@comicsmastermind.com or phone (02) 9606 4728 or 0412 445 511.


Please CLICK on the appropriate PayPal button below to register for the event. If you are an ezine subscriber you will find your COUPON CODE in the August-September 2016 (Vol#1, No. 8) edition and various email invitations.

If you are a member of a partner organisation, please fill in your MEMBERSHIP NUMBER if you were issued with one. All partner organisation members will be verified prior to the event.

By registering for the event, you will be agreeing to the Comics Mastermind™ Terms and Conditions.

Seating is limited to 30 people!

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Breakout Session Information & Registration

A breakout session helps you discover ways you can utilise the Comics Mastermind™ professional development services to help you move towards achieving your comics ambitions and goals. The session outlines the journey you are about to embark on, as well as the skills you need to acquire in the framework of Creativity, Entrepreneurship and Self Development. This is also an opportunity to ask the team questions about how professional development plans can be customised to your needs.

Date: Saturday 22 October 2016
Time: 9:30am to 10:15am
Duration: 45 minutes
Venue: Workshop Room, The Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne Vic 3000
(03) 9094 7809

To book into the FREE Breakout Session, please email admin@comicsmastermind.com
Please include your name, address and mobile, and drop “Breakout Session Registration” into the subject line.

Seating is limited to 30 people!

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