Elizabeth Gilbert’s Creativity Workshop

Jumpstart your creative journey with coaching from a bestselling novelist

Course Details

  • Price: $100 $45
  • Availability: On Demand
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Access: Unlimited

What You’ll Learn:

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


Perfectionism, originality, and passion are overrated. In this course Elizabeth Gilbert will show you why we should instead strive to be authentic doers who follow our curiosity. She’ll bring key lessons from her latest book, Big Magic, and offer coaching and insights that expand beyond the chapters. For those who struggle to get started, Elizabeth will respond directly to three common dilemmas change makers face. You will walk away equipped with the practical tools and inspiration to help push your own creative projects into the next gear.

Each of the 5 sections will also be accompanied by Creativity Notebooks & practical exercises that enable you to put concepts from Big Magic into practice in your own life. 

Format and Timing

  • Individual Course: This course is a series of videos and exercises you can work through on your own.
  • Platform: Udemy (+Acumen developed this course. We host this course on the Udemy platform.)
  • Timing: You can work through the materials at your own pace. There are no required times for you to log in. Your access does not end.

Course Syllabus

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  • 12 video tutorials from Elizabeth Gilbert, Bestselling Novelist
  • 5 Creativity Notebooks to help kickstart your creative projects
SECTION 1: Uncover Your Creative Life
  • Video: Introduction to the Course from Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Video: What is Creative Living?
  • Video: How to Live a Curiosity-Driven Life
  • Video: How to Find Your Creativity
  • Resource: Creativity Notebook 1: Curiosity Cat Scan
SECTION 2: Structure Your Life For Creative Living
  • Video: Letter to Liz from a Lost Artist
  • Video: Liz Responds: Distinguishing Between Hobbies, Jobs, Careers & Vocations
  • Resource: Creativity Notebook 2: Hobbies, Jobs, Careers, and Vocations Grid
SECTION 3: Unlock Your Authenticity
  • Video: Letter to Liz from a Young Idealist
  • Video: Liz Responds: How to Find Your Purpose
  • Resource: Creativity Notebook 3: Purpose Map
SECTION 4: Find Your Source of Luminosity
  • Video: Letter to Liz from a Tired Teachers
  • Video: Liz Responds: How to Serve Others with Joy
  • Resource: Creativity Notebook 4: Are You a Martyr or a Trickster?
SECTION 5: Summon the Courage to Start
  • Video: Why Courage is Better than Fearlessness
  • Video: Why Perfectionism is the Enemy
  • Resource: Creativity Notebook 5: Creativity Permission Slip
The course already started. Can I still enroll?
You can enroll up to 2 weeks after the start date of the course.
When will the next course be offered?
We offer our courses a few times a year. Sign up for our emails to be notified of the next time the course will be offered.
Do I get a certificate for this course?
You will earn a Statement of Accomplishment if you complete 5 of 6 assignments, including the final assignment, by the last day of the course.
How do teams work?
We recommend you find friends or colleagues for your team that you can meet with in person each week. Each team member should register for the course individually. You’ll then be able to form your team on the NovoEd platform once the course begins.
Do I have to complete the course with a team?
While we believe taking the course with a team will give you the best experience and chance of completing the course, it is possible to complete the course individually if you wish.
What should I expect from the assignments?
You will create a Life Map, develop your own personal story, integrate it into a larger presentation, and record your presentation for feedback from your classmates. You should allocate at least one hour a week to complete each assignment.

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What People Are Saying

Benje Williams, Co-founder Amal Academy

"The course really help [our fellows] navigate a gap they face when looking for solid advice about their career (versus their interests/passions). Elizabeth Gilbert’s response to Usman was a light bulb moment for our team."

Benje Williams, Co-founder Amal Academy