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Creative Work: How to make a productive + sustainable life—and connect with your people


GOOD believes that as independent creative workers we need to synthesize artistry with practicality. We understand that artists want to make art—we do too. We also know that if we hold onto the idea of artistic purity and focus only on the creation of the work, thinking that everything else is a distraction or a nuisance, then we’re potentially harming ourselves by losing sight of the bigger picture.

We also understand that the term “business” can be off-putting. As creative workers, we’re propelled more by a sense of calling or creative mission, rather than by carving out a career that is defined by income. This shouldn’t discourage us, however, from professionalizing ourselves and to view our practice as consisting of both creation and what we like to call endeavour.

Endeavour for us is everything that sits outside the actual process of creation. It’s the part of your overall practice that helps you thrive, that supports your work and allows you to cultivate opportunities and connections. It’s fair to say that endeavour is, ultimately, about making sure you get the job done so that your work gets out into the world, in other words: connecting you to your audience, whatever audience means for you.

CREATIVE WORK: How to make a productive + sustainable artistic life—and connect with your people (working title) is a course that directly reflects these ideas and beliefs. It could be described as my brainchild, midhusbanded by Andrew. We’re passionate about it and have big aspirations for it in the future.

Right now, the course is being offered in its first working iteration by the GOOD Lab. The GOOD Lab is where we test things for the first time (as we did with THE WRITERS’ MASTERMIND) and get your feedback, which is invaluable to us. When the programming is fully developed, we’re imaging that it will cost $750 or more, but because this is a test run, we’re offering it at cost for the catering and printed materials ($95 for the whole program—though a la carte options are available). Offering the course at cost honours the fact that our first participants will be an important part of the development process.
— Jill Margo

 

About the Course

Part 1 | Foundation Work
Saturday, April 21 | 10am – 5pm
Includes: workbook; coffee/tea, a healthy snack, a nourishing lunch + a delicious baked good
Cost: $20 + membership

+ Optional Follow-through Sessions: Wednesdays, April 25 + May 2 | 7pm – 9pm
Includes: tea + a delicious baked good
Cost: $5 each

Part 2 | Making the Work Happen
Saturday, May 5, 2018 | 10am – 5pm
Includes: workbook; coffee/tea, a healthy snack, a nourishing lunch + a delicious baked good
Cost: $20 + membership

+ Optional Follow-through Sessions: Wednesdays, May 9 + 16 | 7pm – 9pm
Includes: tea + a delicious baked good
Cost: $5 each

Part 3 | Sharing Your Work
Saturday, May 26, 2018 | 10am – 5pm
Includes: workbook; coffee/tea, a healthy snack, a nourishing lunch + a delicious baked good
Cost: $20 + membership

+ Optional Follow-through Sessions: Wednesdays, May 30 + June 6 + 13 | 7pm – 9pm
Includes: tea + a delicious baked good
Cost: $5 each

CREATIVE WORK features three Saturday workshops over a period of several weeks. Developed for practicing writers and other independent creative works (i.e. visual artists, makers, musicians), the course blends and adapts principles of life design, entrepreneurship, and branding + marketing. Whether you’re just beginning to take your creative practice to a professional level, changing focus, or want to up your game, this course will take you through a staged process that will help you treat your creative work as an endeavour that goes beyond just creation (and, you know, simply hoping that someone else will come along, discover you, and do the rest).

Part 1: Foundation Work

This work is for you if you want to: 

  • Get over stuff that has been holding you back—like wanting to be saved when no one is coming, creative wounds that are still holding you back, and other stuff that makes you feel bad
  • Articulate and refine what you do, how you do it, and who you do it for
  • Clarify your purpose
  • Make your creative work more sustainable (especially since art and austerity often go hand-in-hand)
  • Look at how creative work fits with the rest of your life

Outcome: You’ll clear the ground, gain clarity of purpose, and be able to write your artist mission statement. 


Part 2: Making the Work Happen

This workshop is for you if you want to: 

  • Plan better to be more strategic and productive
  • Set goals and intentions
  • Establish best practices
  •  Follow through on what you start

Outcome: You’ll be able to create a sustainable endeavour plan—like a business plan, but for artists.  


Part 3: Sharing the Work

  • This workshop is for you if you want to: 
  • Address your resistance to things like branding and marketing—and learn how they can be an extension of your creative practice
  • Re-frame the idea of self-promotion so it doesn’t feel icky
  • Have an online presence—including a website and newsletter—that feels like you and connects with your audience

Outcome: You’ll be able to write a better bio, start developing a personal brand and making or improving your website. You’ll also learn how to create your own email newsletter.


Optional follow-through sessions will happen on the Wednesdays between the workshops (making the course span seven and a half weeks in total, with a break the week of the May long weekend week) to help you implement what you’ve learned and discovered during the workshops. Questions can be asked and feedback sought during these sessions, from Jill and the group. If you’ve ever been to a GOOD event, you will know the power of the group to help and encourage. 


Apply

Because this offering is available only once at this special price participants will only be accepted through an application process. 

Can’t take all three workshops? You may still apply to take one or two, but be aware that preference may be given to those who can take all three. Preference, as per our membership guidelines, may also be given to those who are First-to-know, Supporter, or Developer level members of GOOD. 

To apply click the button below and you’ll be taken to an application form hosted by Typeform that will take a few minutes to complete. Applications must be received by Sunday, April 15th at midnight (deadline has been extended to this date).  

If you are a successful applicant you’ll be notified by Monday, April 16th at which point a non-refundable payment will be required within 48 hours to hold your spot. There are seven spots available in total.

Have questions or want to clarify whether or not this offering is right for you? Please don’t hesitate to get in touch

About the Facilitator

Read more about JILL MARGO, co-founder of GOOD, on our About page.

Earlier Event: April 17
Finishing Class
Later Event: April 26
Finishing Class