December 3 • 1:00 PM (EST) - 4:00 PM (EST)
About the workshop
Let’s explore creativity and the writing process through Taylor Swift! We will learn to apply her methods to our own writing as well as draw inspiration from her work.
This 3-hour workshop explores how Taylor Swift organizes and mines her ideas, and takes them on a journey from singular line to full-blown song.
We’ll discuss how we can use her methods in our own work, so our ideas are always accessible and ready to use.
We will also take a look at her thoughts on creativity and discuss using her work as our muse. There will be a few journal prompts (about your writing), as well as fiction writing and other exercises.
You will walk away creatively energized, hitting play on your favorite (Taylor’s Version) album, ready to organize your ideas and start thinking of your work as a body in conversation rather than individual pieces that don’t speak to each other.
You are NOT on your own, kid, when you’re writing with fellow Taylor Swift fans! Friendship bracelets and Eras outfits welcome, but not required.
What you will learn
• In this workshop, students will explore key concepts from Tiago Forte's "Building a Second Brain," focusing on Taylor Swift's creative process. • We will delve into how an iconic artist like Taylor Swift collects and organizes her ideas for easy access during project development. • Participants will learn how to infuse their unique identity into their work. • Encourage students to rethink their own creative processes and explore innovative methods that can be applied throughout their entire project lifecycle, from idea generation to project completion. • Examine the idea of creating a cohesive body of work that transcends individual pieces, emphasizing a thematic conversation that evolves and adapts with the author over time.
• Fresh inspirational quotes • A non-writing book recommendation/organizational method that is essential for authors • Reminder that creativity and creative growth are ongoing processes. Embrace the idea that creative individuals experience peaks and valleys, akin to different eras in their creative journey. Prioritize your passion for the work, and success will naturally follow. • A few hours of connection with the devoted community of creative writers, the Swifties.
What you will be reading
Building a Second Brain (we will go over the relevant quotes in class and NO ONE needs to read the book beforehand or be familiar)
If you can't attend this class live, it will be recorded! Students will receive a recording the day after the class, and it will be available for 30 days.
About the instructor
Erin Karbuczky lives in the Pacific Northwest, where she finds endless inspiration in the water and greenery. She is a regular contributor to Write or Die, and her fiction and poetry can be found in various journals across the web. Erin has a Master's in English Literature with an emphasis on Critical Theory, and writes mostly about queerness, technology, and the American Dream. When she's not writing or listening to music, you can find her at the coast, a coffee shop, or at home, dissecting novels in order to make her, and your, writing stronger. You can find her on Instagram and Tiktok @thegratefulpoet.
Learn about the creative process from Taylor Swift