The School for Creative Development
Learning Co-hort will be working through this module together from
July 1st 2023.

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Why?

For the past fifteen years I have intentionally shaped my life around my CREATIVE practice. For twelve of these years I have built this practice into a full-time CAREER. But you know what, it is so much more than just a career that I have made for myself, it has been a process of stepping into my CALLING.

 

It is this I want for people.

 

I don't just want to run a creative business course for you to make more money, for what is money if you aren't living out of contentedness? What is career if you lose your creative heart chasing after the western dream? What is your creativity if you sell your soul to go viral. What if there was a better way forward, where you can hold your creative practice alongside creative career and do so healthily and sustainably.

This module of the SCHOOL FOR CREATIVE DEVELOPMENT is about choosing creativity as a way-of-life rather than just a career. We will certainly talk about the business side of things, about how I built a six-figure income (pre-covid) from my creativity, and how you too could grow your income from your creativity. BUT we will be delving deeper than that. We will be looking at LIFESTYLE and VOCATION and FEAR and FAILURE. We will be expanding our definitions and growing our capacity and pushing through our walls and learning how to listen well. I mean, what would a JOEL MCKERROW EDUCATION COURSE be without some deep self-reflection and confrontation. Ha.

It is this meeting place I invite you into with this course...

CREATIVITY
CAREER
CALLING
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Turning CREATIVITY into CAREER

(without selling your soul).

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WHAT WILL YOU LEARN?

This module is all about living a holistic, integrated creative life. That is, how can ones CREATIVE PRACTICE, CREATIVE BUSINESS and CREATIVE CALLING all come together into a sustainable way of being in the world. Ah, there is so much goodness I want to share in this course, so here is SOME what I will be teaching:

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CREATIVE CAREER-

  • A model for bringing about a thriving creative business.

  • Branding- how to name yourself.

  • Pitching- how to talk about yourself and your work.

  • Marketing- how to be heard.

  • Earning- how to get some income.

  • Scalability

  • Diversification

  • Business and Banking.

  • Putting yourself out there.

CREATIVE PRACTICE- 

  • What you have to give to the world.

  • How to bring about sustainable creative rhythms in your life. 

  • Prolific Creativity

  • Personal Creative work and Monetary work.

  • Creative Collaboration

  • Creative Community

  • Creative Mindsets
  • Balance

CREATIVE CALLING- 

  • A framework of VOCATION to shape your life around.

  • Learning how to Listen

  • Finding your direction.

  • Rejection and Failure and Shame and Bravery

  • Resilience

  • The Shadow Side of it all.

 
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HOW DOES IT WORK?

This module is a TWENTY SESSION module that is part of THE SCHOOL FOR CREATIVE DEVELOPMENT. You can take the module in your own time as a member of the school, OR as a school cohort we will all be going through this course in the second half of 2023 together.

  • TWENTY VIDEO LESSONS

Sit back and learn in these video presentations split up into 4x 5 sessions. Joel McKerrow shares his main teachings in these videos as well as walking students through the CREATIVE VOCATION WORKBOOK. 

  • CREATIVE VOCATION WORKBOOK

At the beginning of the course students will receive a PDF version of their very own CREATIVE VOCATION WORKBOOK (over 100 pages that form the basis of all the learnings throughout the course and how they translate specifically into students individual lives. The workbook is filled with frameworks, thoughts, questions and space to reflect upon the learnings in the course and also to develop the studnet's CREATIVE PROJECT PLAN.

  • CREATIVE PROJECT

Students are invited to focus on one particular creative project during the course. It could be something they may or may not have the actual creative content for. Developing the creative project in this course is not about creating the actual content (ie. writing the poems/stories, painting the pictures, taking the photos), this module shall help you develop how this project could make its way out into the world. (See A CLEARING IN THE FOREST and THE ART OF CRAFTING STORY modules for more specific content development).

  • A SMALL GROUP OF CREATIVE COLLABORATORS

When we as a school cohort are goign through this module students, should they wish, can become part of a CREATIVE COLLABORATORS group of people within a similar time-zones. These groups meet together once a week over the course to support each other in their creative practice and creative careers and their creative project.

Students should set aside approx 30min. per session for this course.

 
 
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Your Creative Vocation Guide

Joel McKerrow has spent the last fifteen years within the creative industries and established himself as one of Australia's most successful performance poets. Based out of Melbourne, Australia he is the Artist Ambassador for the aid and development organisation ‘TEARFUND Australia’ and was the co-founder of community arts organisation, 'The Centre for Poetics and Justice' (2010-2013). Joel was the third ever Australian representative at the Individual World Poetry Slam Championships in the USA and is a highly sought after speaker at conferences and festivals all over the world. He has four published books and four spoken word/music albums, is a successful play-wright and artist. Joel is the host of the The Deep Place: On Creativity and Spirituality Podcast and is on the teaching staff at the Melbourne Young Writers Studio and has taught the creative process to over 50 000 people in the last decade.

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