Acumen Presents: Elizabeth Gilbert's Creativity Workshop

Become equipped with the practical tools & inspiration to jumpstart your creative journey.
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  • Lectures 17
  • Length 1 hour
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English, captions
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Course Description

A creative life is any life governed more by curiosity than by fear.  In this course Elizabeth Gilbert, the best-selling author of books including Eat Pray Love, Committed, The Signature of All Things and Big Magic will equip you with the practical tools and inspiration to jumpstart your own creative journey.  She’ll bring the key lessons from her latest book, Big Magic, to life and offer coaching and insights that expand on her chapters. You’ll learn why perfectionism, originality, and passion are overrated and why we should instead strive to be authentic doers who follow our curiosity.  In addition to building upon the insights from Big Magic, Elizabeth will respond to three brand new case studies of change makers struggling to get started, and offer tips to help push your own creative projects into the next gear.

Each of the 5 sections will be accompanied by Creativity Notebooks & practical exercises that enable you to put concepts from Big Magic into practice in your own life.  Through a self-paced journey of reflection, you’ll pinpoint your creative blockages; mine your sources of curiosity; corral your ideas on paper; and unlock your own capacity to get something done. Whether you are an entrepreneur or an artist, you’ll learn about how to pursue a life driven more by curiosity than fear. 

You should be prepared to roll up your sleeves and think hard about your own sources of curiosity and authenticity.  You’ll leave the learning experience with a Creativity Notebook documenting your ideas.

This is a course created by +Acumen, an organization committed to creating social change. We think creativity is a vital component of tackling the world’s toughest problems and are thrilled to present Elizabeth Gilbert’s exclusive Creativity Workshop. This is one in a series of +Acumen master classes built with incredible instructors and experts including Seth Godin, Krista Tippett, and Chris Anderson to bring the most cutting edge ideas to the social sector.

What are the requirements?

  • There are no prerequisites. This course is open to everyone!

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Get started on creative projects that have been stalled
  • Structure your creative life by learning to break down your time into hobbies, jobs, career, and vocation
  • Identify how your curiosity can trigger creativity
  • Understand how to prioritize your own creative fulfillment so that you can better serve others
  • Create a Purpose Map that pinpoints what you care about and how you can get started pursuing creative projects
  • Learn from 3 real-life case studies of people facing creative struggles who receive counsel from Elizabeth

Who is the target audience?

  • Anyone who wants to kickstart a creative project
  • Anyone who wants to pursue a life driven more by curiosity than fear
  • This course is NOT just for people who are artists or writers

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

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Lifetime access.

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Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Uncover Your Creative Life

In this lecture, Elizabeth Gilbert will introduce herself and welcome you to the course. You'll gain a sense of what activities you will complete and what you will be able to do by the end of this learning experience.


Elizabeth Gilbert defines "creative living" and explains how you can start leading a life driven more by curiosity than fear.


This lecture teaches you why it is better to follow "the scavenger hunt of curiosity" rather than waiting for your passions to move you.


This lecture provides you with concrete examples of how you can start habits or activities that make you feel alive, creative, and vital.  Elizabeth Gilbert shares strategies for finding your own source of creative effervescence.


This self-reflection exercise walks you through a structured process for uncovering your sources of curiosity.  You'll explore whether these sites of wonder could lead to new creative projects.

Section 2: Structure Your Life For Creative Living

Usman, a young professional in Pakistan, shares his struggles tying to get started as an artist and asks Elizabeth Gilbert for advice.


Elizabeth Gilbert shares a concrete framework for sorting your ambitions into hobbies, jobs, careers, and vocations.  She offers realistic and practical strategies for how Usman and others can get started on a path to creativity.


This practical exercise walks you through how to sort your ambitions and ideas into the categories of hobbies, jobs, careers, and vocations so that you can better understand how to structure your life around your creative goals.

Section 3: Unlock Your Authenticity

Natasha, a young financial consultant, shares her dream to 'change the world' and her worries that all creative and entrepreneurial solutions have already been tried. She'll ask Elizabeth Gilbert for insights on how she might get started on this road of social entrepreneurship and creative world changing.


Elizabeth Gilbert offers strategies that Natasha--and the rest of us--can use to uncover our sense of purpose in the world.  She offers concrete suggestions for how you can get started in your local community to narrow in on your sense of purpose.


This self-reflective exercise helps you distill the sense of authenticity that you can bring to a creative project.  You'll map out related initiatives and then uncover the skills, talents and perspectives that you will be uniquely equipped to bring to the work.

Section 4: Find Your Source of Luminosity

Jamie, a teacher in an urban school district, shares her struggles to summon the creative energy needed to keep inspiring her students and asks Elizabeth Gilbert for advice.


Elizabeth Gilbert offers lessons on how to serve others by ensuring that you feel creatively fulfilled yourself.  


This exercise will ask you to identify any characteristics of a "martyr" or a "trickster" that you might possess.  You'll learn to self-identify how you could shift into a mode of being more playful and lighthearted to fuel your creativity and prevent burnout.

Section 5: Summon the Courage to Start

This lecture will teach you why it is better to be courageous than fearless.  You'll learn how any creative pursuit must actually create a space for fear.


Elizabeth Gilbert will reveal why perfectionism is actually both pernicious and boring.  She'll share tips for how you can overcome this creative stumbling block.


This final exercise will prompt you to make a creative commitment.  You'll outline concrete steps to put a creative project into production.

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Instructor Biography

+Acumen Courses, Global Learning Community for Social Change-Makers

Acumen is a non-profit changing the way the world tackles poverty by investing in companies, leaders and ideas. We invest patient capital in businesses whose products and services are enabling the poor to transform their lives. Founded by Jacqueline Novogratz in 2001, Acumen has invested more than $88 million in 82 companies across Africa, Latin America and South Asia and was named one of Fast Company's Top 10 Most Innovative Not-for-Profit Companies in 2015. We also run +Acumen, a global learning community for social change-makers. Be an effective force for change with Acumen's online courses and chapters.

Instructor Biography

Elizabeth Gilbert, Best-Selling Author

ELIZABETH GILBERT is is a bestselling author of books including Eat, Pray, LoveCommitted, The Signature of All Things, and, mostly recently, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear.  Her books have been translated into over thirty languages and sold over 10 million copies sold worldwide. In 2010, Eat, Pray, Love was made into a film starring Julia Roberts and Time Magazine named Elizabeth as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.

Elizabeth shares Acumen’s belief in unleashing human creativity and potential and has helped thousands of people around the world get started on their path to creative living beyond fear.

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