Building a Sustainable Artistic Practice Though Ritual, Accountability, and Documentation
Crafting Your Artistic Handbook is a sustainable accountability practice built on ritual and documentation. This six-week class meets on Monday evenings from 7:00PM to 8:30PM. Seattle classes are held at the Theatre Puget Sound studios, located inside the Seattle Center Armory. Online classes are held in the comfort of your own home in Eastern Standard Time.
Seattle classes will be held on the following dates: May 6, May 13, May 20, June 3, June 10, & June 17.
Online classes will be held on the following dates: July 8, July 15, July 22, July 29, August 5, & August 12.
At the end of Crafting Your Artistic Handbook, you’ll have:
a set of rituals geared toward ongoing artistic growth.
an accountability process to designed to help you reach your goals.
a sustainable documentation practice designed to grow and change as you do.
Crafting Your Artistic Handbook is $200 for the six-week session.
I love structure. I live by my (hand written!) calendar, I love a good check in, and, until recently, I had a series of accountability partners whose own artistry inspired me to work on my own. When I made the leap from full-time HR professional to freelance artist in 2015, I floundered. Where was my employee handbook? Where were my office hours? What were people going to think of me if my plays weren’t constantly produced?
The life of an individual artist is tumultuous on a good day. You don’t need me to tell you that. But rather than let that foundering drown me, I came up with a set of processes. I turned my teacher’s pet mentality into a full blown business practice. I was the CEO of my own artistry.
By 2018, I had a set of processes and zero documentation. I also had a number of goals I wanted to achieve — like writing music and assembling a personal board of directors — with no path to get there. On April 2, 2018 I sat down to write the first part of my own Artistic Handbook: a welcome letter reminding me why I write plays. The rest is history.
In the year since, I’ve written three plays, five original songs, and, most importantly, created a sustainable documentation practice that grows with me. And now I’m ready to share that practice with the world.