Finishing School: Getting big things done one small thing at a time
Finishing School helps writers define goals, break projects into discrete tasks, assign time to each task, be accountable, receive support and celebrate progress. In that way we stay on track with novels, screenplays and nonfiction books, as well as outlines, proposals and collections of poetry and short stories.
What have we accomplished?
One person sketched out a novel. Another person outlined a nonfiction book. One outlined a work of young adult fiction. Another completed and polished four short fiction pieces and submitted them. Another created a timeline for a long sci-fi work. Another drafted a long journalistic article. One person completed five poems for a book project.
Who is it for?
Finishing School is for anyone who needs to complete a large project by breaking it up into manageable pieces.
The rationale for Finishing School is that completing artistic work brings creative happiness. But many creative people get stalled before completing because we have unbalanced talents. The talent that allows us to see visions, hear voices and imagine scenes is stronger than the talent that allows us to plan, organize, marshal our resources, assess, analyze, correct, redo and present. So we need to shore up that other side. That is the rationale for Finishing School: a system that helps creative people accomplish the executive, left-brain activities necessary to the fulfillment of their creative lives.
Schedule: Finishing School runs every Tuesday evening at 7:15 pm and occurs in one-month segments. For 2014 it will start on Tuesday, Jan 7 and run for four Tuesdays in January, four in February, four in March, five in April. Then it will go on hiatus in May and June and resume in July. (During these months it may go online).
How to sign up: