The Creative Focus Workshop is the only program specifically designed for serious creative people who are ready to level up and put their real work at the core of how they live their lives.
When you have a new idea, you’ll make a call about whether and when to pursue it, and have the confidence you’re making the right decision. That’s what comes with planning and achieving milestones—our core work in the Creative Focus Workshop.
Wouldn’t it be great if the thought of taking on a big project didn’t overwhelm you? With powerful Creative Focus tools in hand, and the support of our great community, you’ll know how to grapple with its complexities, to break it down and make it manageable.
Do you want to set realistic goals and milestones, and hit them? When you build your system around your actual life, rather than some fantasy version of it, you can make this happen.
When you take control of your projects and your creative life, you’ll live ever closer to the secret truth about you (that you’ve been afraid to reveal to anyone)…
…that you’re a novelist, a poet, a filmmaker, a podcaster, a designer, a business owner…
…in short, YOU’RE A BOSS.
I wanted to share the joy and excitement with you that YOUR COURSE WORKS!!
The Creative Focus Workshop just hit me at the right time. I was really struggling with what my creative focus was. So I joined, and I worked on it quite religiously, and it really helped me to focus everything.
I still have the fading Post-It note on my wall beside my desk that says “Create Season One of Podcast and make it awesome, and organized, and exciting."
And although many things have changed since then, I am doing essentially that.
The podcast is called This is Our Time, and it’s a longform story that follows the journey of five women who go on the largest-ever all-female expedition to Antarctica. As a result of doing this story, I have been invited to Antarctica on the second expedition, and I leave in ten days!
I'm honestly completely gobsmacked to find I can get stuff done!!
Process? Ha! Before the Creative Focus Workshop, I would come up with drafts, but not get much further (unless for paid commissions, in which case they would get done because there was a deadline).
It's still hard to understand exactly how it all worked, but I knew I really really wanted to get my book done. I realized it was actually possible, and the deadline was set.
These Idea Debt objects just sat on the shelf, for years, collecting dust. Until—I guess it’s just a change of mindset—believing it’s possible. Just deciding. Yes, I will actually do it.
It’s got online-course-like elements: Lessons that are presented in written and audio format, with worksheets. These elements are asynchronous and online—access them on your schedule, wherever you want.
It’s got in-person-seminar-like elements: I pace out the lessons over the course of five weeks so that we’re all working on the same thing at the same time, to foment better, deeper conversations, and to motivate faster progress on your part.
It’s got group-coaching elements: We have an active online community hosted on Slack where you and your colleagues can dive deep together and lend mutual support and ideas. I’m in there daily during the course, giving feedback and encouragement. (This element mirrors how students rely on each other and me in my live classroom.) We have group video meetings (that are also recorded) where you can ask questions live, and get answers tailored to your situation.
And, if you opt for the Momentum System (more on that below), it’s got 1:1 coaching elements. You get facetime with me, to fine tune and hone your Creative Focus to your own life.
One of the best things about the Creative Focus workshop is that these are some cool people who show up. There hasn’t been a project yet where I haven’t thought, Wow, that’s weird and wonderful, and needs to be out there.
I’ve made the rounds looking for an accountability group, and some artist groups I’ve found are like retirees doing traditional landscapes—which is not my thing. Or they’re kids who don’t know who they are or what they’re about or what they want to do yet.
In the CFW there's a level of maturity, and I like that. Everyone’s so smart and complicated, and those are my people.
WHOA. I seriously wish I had learned this a DECADE ago in high school, or at least college. I think I could have saved myself a LOT of angst, and also allowed myself to go and try to get things DONE without all of the anxiety.
I was honestly SO nervous to join this class (Am I "creative" enough to qualify for this group? Will I feel out of place? Is this a totally horrible and "selfish" thing to do?), and I am SO, SO glad that I made the leap. I've learned skills in this class, and gained some tools that I know will serve me well for a long time. It has seriously been AMAZING.