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By Kenny Raine, RWA Professional Development

Learn how to manage this challenging part of your writing life by taking part in RWA’s first ever webinar for members, developed in response to a recent RWA Facebook conversation about imposter syndrome’s crippling effects.

Presenter: Hugh Kearns* from ThinkWell

Format: Online webinar

Topic: Defeating Imposter Syndrome

Date and time: Wednesday 6 November at 7 – 8 pm Sydney DST time.

Cost: $12 live with free replays. $15 replay only. RWA Members only


Almost every writer will at some point experience imposter syndrome. It’s very common and can be very debilitating.  Feelings of doubt can be a handbrake on progress, lead to self-sabotage and steal the joy that inspired you to take up the pen or hit the keyboard in the first place – whether you’re a new writer, multi-published and regularly on best-seller lists, or somewhere in-between.

This lively and informative webinar will explain why high performing people often doubt their abilities and find it hard to enjoy their successes. It will also show the links to perfectionism and self-handicapping strategies such as procrastination, avoidance and over commitment. There will be lots of interaction and practical action people can take.

At the end of the webinar, participants will:

  • know what the latest psychological research tells us about imposter syndrome is and how it operates
  • realise how widespread imposter feelings are and why highly successful people can feel like frauds
  • have learned proven strategies to reduce imposter feelings.

Webinar costs have been kept to a minimum to encourage participation.

For more information, email, or you might like to read this article written by Hugh Kearns: Feel like a fraud? You might have imposter syndrome. [Insert link on italicised text ]

*Hugh  Kearns lectures and researches at Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia. He is widely recognised for his ability to take the latest research in psychology and education and apply it to high-performing people. For over 20 years, Kearns has worked with thousands of high performing “impostors”. He notes the phenomenon can be especially prevalent in people in creative fields who put energy and passion into their work.

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