6 x Saturday afternoons, 23 February; 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 March, 1-4pm
Full Price: $600
Conc Member: $360
Reignite your creative spark and learn to share your gifts with the world. In this dynamic, experiential and mind-expanding course, writer, blogger and speaker Walter Mason will help you realise the possibilities of your creativity. Positivity, enthusiasm and the endless cultivation of ideas will all be encouraged as you explore from week to week just how alive you feel after you awaken your creativity and allow yourself to share your work with the world. Reading, writing, creative contemplation and imaginative daring will all be explored in this high-energy and results-focused course.
The time has come for you to start making your mark! So often, we put off our creative work. We tell ourselves that when the time is right, and when we are inspired and informed, our writing will begin in earnest. But guess what? The clock is ticking. You don’t have time to wait for the stars to align. You need to awaken your creative spark now and get working in earnest. You need to get your creative groove back.
Week-by-Week Course Breakdown
Week One – Making Your Mark
- Setting our intentions – after a short period of focused, silent attention, course participants will work on writing down their own intentions in coming.
- Establishing our writing goals – short term and long term
- 100 words about me – writing an inspiring bio and getting to know each other
- 20 Ideas a Day – getting the creativity habit
- The weekly writing plan
- 3 profound encounters – why getting out of the house gets you writing
Week Two – The Dynamic Creator
- Journals and diaries – some hints, methods, readings and exercises
- My favourites – filling your life with inspiration and working out what inspires you
- Creating your own Pillow Book
- Creating a platform – starting out being fabulous
- Ship it – why this is your year of finishing things
- Why should someone else be interested in you? – Determining your special interests, strengths and insights. How to extend your personal interests so they appeal to a wider audience.
Week Three – Forget About Your Fears
- Exploring what’s holding you back from writing, and writing about what stops us. What we don’t want to write about and the things that make us blush.
- Tallulah daahling – Why being outrageous and embracing fun will liberate your creativity. A case study of Tallulah Bankhead.
- Our Rosebud moment – “Citizen Kane” and exploring the objects of our childhood.
- The creativity checkup – instituting monthly, quarterly and annual examinations to make sure we are still stretching our creative boundaries and being the most amazing writers we can be.
- A creative geography – creating maps of places that inspire us.
- The importance and possibility of creation.
Week Four – Crystal Ball Time
- Technology, options and keeping your finger on the pulse
- Network, network, network
- The creative journey – a guided meditation
- Opening up – how we are enriched when we engage
- Cultivating play
- Creative reading – building a reading list that informs and challenges
Week Five – Lifelong Learning
- What skill are you committed to this year? – focusing on specialist knowledge
- Building a blog
- Forgetting the gatekeepers
- The real possibilities of writing study
- Learning about literature
- Keeping on top of literary trends
Week Six – Creating Supportive Networks
- Creating and sharing a writing schedule
- Online presence and support networks – sharing and shipping your work on the WWW
- Being on the lookout for opportunities – seeing creative possibilities in every situation
- Being a fan – the hidden energy in supporting others and being an advocate
- Broadening your possibilities – video, podcasting and the visual arts
- You got soul – writing with meaning and being a person of integrity and depth
Additional texts which are not compulsory, but which will be extremely helpful and used as part of the course:
- Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway by Susan Jeffers
- The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon (any edition)
- The Right to Write by Julia Cameron
About the tutor
Walter Mason is a travel writer and blogger, and the author of Destination Saigon (2010) and Destination Cambodia (2013). He has trained in meditation traditions in Thailand, Taiwan, Cambodia and Vietnam, and teaches courses in Buddhist cultural history and the spiritual traditions of Vietnam.