Artistic Recovery

12-Month Course

Workshop Outline | Details | Testimonials
Session 1 | Session 2 | Session 3 | Session 4 | Session 5 | Session 6
Session 7 | Session 8 | Session 9 | Session 10 | Session 11 | Session 12

 
What is a
Manuscript Assessment?

A Manuscript Assessment is an informed review of your story. It allows The Story Mentor to bring his storytelling experience and fresh eyes to your manuscript to determine whether the concept and story works as a whole.

 

During a Manuscript Assessment, The Story Mentor:

  • Reviews your story with experienced eyes;

  • Assesses the story as a whole;

  • Offers suggestions on how to improve it;

  • Identifies any sections that need clarification;

  • Recommends what to add or remove;

  • Pinpoints plot holes and errors in logic; and

  • Advises your next best course of action.

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When Should I Get a
Manuscript Assessment?

A Manuscript Assessment is recommended for writers with a completed early draft of their story.

 

Often writers become too close to their stories and struggle to recognise its quality components from its obvious flaws. If this has happened to you, then you need a Manuscript Assessment.

 

The Story Mentor approaches your manuscript with fresh eyes, allowing him to see clearly what works and what needs improvement.

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Workshop Outline

Having trouble finding inspiration to write or undertake any other creative work? Need help rediscovering your creative source? Then you need to attend this course.

 

Drawing on the work of Julia Cameron and the basic psychology of creativity, this course aims to help participants recover their creativity and become the vibrant creative beings they are. Each week participants will learn about different aspects of their creativity, check in with themselves, and participate in activities within and outside the workshops in order to reconnect with their creative selves so they can continue creating.

Course Outcome: Reconnect with your creative self or connect with it on a deeper level so you can become a vibrant creative being.

Disclaimer: Some of the topics The Story Mentor covers in this course may be confronting to some individuals. If you feel you may have issues with some of this material, The Story Mentor recommends consulting a clinical psychologist or counsellor before and during the course because The Story Mentor is not a trained psychologist or counsellor. The course is about your personal journey and that requires that participants take responsibility for their own well-being for the duration of the course.

 

Individual session workshop outlines are below.

 

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Details

When

2020. Exact dates to be confirmed.

Where

Mattie Furphy House

Fellowship of Australia Writers Western Australia

88 Wood Street

Swanbourne WA

Length

12x 4-hour workshops

Cost

$900 per person

Payment Methods

Bookings

If you are interested in The Story Mentor running this workshop, please email him: andrew@thestorymentor.com.au

Limited places. Booking essential.

Bookings close: TBC

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Session 1
Recover a Sense of Safety
  •  Identify your shadow artists

  •  Examine your core negative beliefs

  •  Uncover your affirmative weapons within

  •  Develop personal creative affirmations

  •  Learn how to use the three basic tools of creative recovery

Workshop Outcome

Learn to feel safe enough to practice creativity.

 

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Session 2
Recover a Sense of Identity
  •  Learn how to go sane

  •  Identify poisonous playmates and crazymakers

  •  Overcome learnt scepticism

  •  Redirect your attention towards your creative life

  •  Learn the “Rules of the Road”

 

Workshop Outcome

Locate your creative Self

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What is a
Manuscript Assessment?
When Should I Get a
Manuscript Assessment?

A Manuscript Assessment is recommended for writers with a completed early draft of their story.

 

Often writers become too close to their stories and struggle to recognise its quality components from its obvious flaws. If this has happened to you, then you need a Manuscript Assessment.

 

The Story Mentor approaches your manuscript with fresh eyes, allowing him to see clearly what works and what needs improvement.

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Session 3
Recover a Sense of Power
  •  Examine the concepts of anger, synchronicity, and shame

  •  Learn how to deal with criticism

  •  Understand how to grow as an artist

 

Workshop Outcome

Locate the source of your creative power and understand how to harness it.

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Session 4
Recover a Sense of Integrity
  •  Discover how to implement honest changes

  •  Explore your buried dreams

  •  Understand the benefits of depriving yourself of external stimulation

Workshop Outcome

Generate new self-awareness of your creative Self through introspection.

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Session 5
Recover a Sense of Possibility
  •  Understand your limits

  •  Locate the river of your creativity

  •  Learn our the virtue trap

  •  Engage with forbidden joys

  •  Make a wish list

Workshop Outcome

Discover how you are keeping yourself creatively stuck and learn how to overcome these self-restrictions.

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Session 6
Recover a Sense of Abundance
  •  Learn about the great creator

  •  Create luxury

  •  Discern your money making perspective

Workshop Outcome

Examine your attitude about money and it's relationship to your creativity and overcome any limiting beliefs about it.

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Session 3
Weaving a Sturdy Character Web
  • Develop a character web

  •  Expand your characters by drawing from archetypes

  •  Individualise characters within web

  •  Build conflict within the character web

 

Workshop Outcome

Develop a sturdy character web

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Session 4
Creating Believable Characters
  •  Understand the process of character change

  •  Establish a empathetic protagonist

  •  Chart the protagonist's character change over the course of the story

  •  Create a believable antagonist

Workshop Outcome

Establish a believable protagonist and antagonist

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Session 7
Recover a Sense of Connection
  •  Learn how to survive creative losses and how they can become creative gains

  •  Examine common excuses for not doing the work

  •  Understand how to take recovery and projects one step at a time

  •  Uncover debilitating patterns from your early creative growth

Workshop Outcome

Learn how to overcome the creative block of time and identify ways you can make in your life.

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Session 8
Recover a Sense of Creative Strength
  •  Learn to listen out for your inner artist

  •  Understand the perils of perfectionism

  •  Discover the importance of creative risks

  •  Create a map of your creative jealousy

Workshop Outcome

Excavate your genuine creative interest and learn the right attitudes towards your creativity.

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Session 9
Recover a Sense of Compassion
  •  Understand fear, enthusiasm, and creative u-turns

  •  Explore how to blast through creative blocks

Workshop Outcome

Explore the emotional difficulties that hinder our creative efforts and face our internal blocks.

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Session 10
Recover a Sense of Self-Protection
  •  Examine the dangers of the creative trail, including workaholism and creative drought

  •  Discover how to overcome creative drought

  •  Learn how to cope with competition and fame

Workshop Outcome

Explore the perils that can ambush our creativity and the toxic patterns we cling to.

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Session 3
Weaving a Sturdy Character Web
  • Develop a character web

  •  Expand your characters by drawing from archetypes

  •  Individualise characters within web

  •  Build conflict within the character web

 

Workshop Outcome

Develop a sturdy character web

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Session 4
Creating Believable Characters
  •  Understand the process of character change

  •  Establish a empathetic protagonist

  •  Chart the protagonist's character change over the course of the story

  •  Create a believable antagonist

Workshop Outcome

Establish a believable protagonist and antagonist

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Session 11
Recover a Sense of Autonomy
  • Learn how to trust our inner artist and the mystery of creativity

  •  Encourage our imagination to play

  •  Discern how avoid the desire to escape from our creativity

Workshop Outcome

Set our creative aims and and renew our commitment to these tools.

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Session 12
Recover a Sense of Faith
  •  Learn how to cope with success

  •  Discover the benefits of physical activity for creativity

  •  Establish how to build an artist’s altar

Workshop Outcome

Learn how to best nurture and accept ourselves as artists and not sabotage our creative freedom.

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