FAQ


When does the workshop start?


We haven’t released the dates for the next session. If you're interested in joining, be sure to sign up for the Tell Me More list. We’ll send you an email to let you know when the next interactive session is about to begin.


How much content is there?


The Creative’s Workshop has three elements:

  1. The dailies. It’s a bit like Julia Cameron’s morning pages, but you’ll share them with a group. This workshop is a safe space, and the daily practice of sharing your work will soon become a productive habit.
  2. The lessons. There are more than a 30 video prompts and lessons from Seth Godin, as well as brief interviews with Christian McBride, Cyrille Aimee, Patricia Barber, Brian Koppelman, Eliot Peper and Gabe Anderson. There’s also a special hour-long interview of Seth conducted by the irrepressible Cathy Heller. Each lesson leads to a prompt, about your work and your journey.
  3. The discussions. The heart of this and every other Akimbo workshop is the community. In our typical workshop, the average participant gives and gets more than 500 pieces of feedback in just one month.

By sharing your own thoughts and giving others feedback on their work, you'll learn far more than you would by merely watching. The workshop works best on a laptop… you’ll want to be prepared to type.


How often is the content updated?


We post a new lesson and prompt every few days for more than two months. But you can’t fall behind… as long you show up regularly and type and tag, you’re in it. The lessons and prompts wait for you until you’re ready for them.


What if I fall behind?


You can’t fall behind. As long as you show up, the work will get done. The workshop is more like a bookstore/mastermind than a college course—there are plenty of books or people you won’t meet when you visit the bookstore, but it shouldn’t feel stressful.

The commitment we’re asking for is that you do your best to post daily. This habit, of a semi-public posting of your daily work, is a true game-changer. We’ve built a safe place for you to share and to give and get advice on the work.

The key is to find your pace and your people, and to contribute the best way you can. Over the first few weeks, you’ll discover way more than you anticipated. Type and tag, don’t worry.


Is special software or technology required?


If you can read this page, you can access the workshop. It runs in our special installation of Discourse, a discussion board used by millions of people around the world. The workshop works best if you have a keyboard, so we recommend laptops instead of mobile devices. All of our topic videos are closed captioned. While it’s not required, many of our students choose to join Zoom video calls as part of the workshop. Zoom is free to install and use in the workshop, and can be downloaded here.


How does the discussion board work?


We're using Discourse, a platform that supports group discussions and on-on-one conversation. The workshop administrators will set up categories, which will be labeled according to the lesson topic to be discussed. In each category, everyone will be able to create more specific topics of discussion, and to respond to the posts of others. These boards are open 24/7, providing a secure place to have conversations with workshop participants from all over the world, from different industries and with different backgrounds.

The workshop has a dedicated coach team who helps to focus discussions and to address concerns (or inappropriate behavior). But there is no moderator or grading rubric—you'll be in charge of when and how generously you interact with others.

Once the workshop ends, your group could have enough momentum to keep moving. In other settings, we've seen groups like these last for years, with people getting on airplanes to meet in person. We'll provide guidance on maintaining these connections when the Workshop closes.


What if I don't have a project to work on yet?


We are all writers. Even if you don’t expect to share a blog post or publish a novel, you’re a writer. That’s because humans function by communicating, and writing is the foundation of that communication.

The Creative's Workshop isn’t a place to worry about grammar or word choice. It’s not a writing workshop. Instead, it’s a workshop that uses writing to help you get to where you seek to go.

In this workshop, we’ll challenge you to say what you mean and to mean what you say. To get into the habit of clarity. As you learn to see how genre and persistence and generosity fit together in your work, doors will open.

We expect that you’ll be joined by entrepreneurs, singers, novelists, potters, painters, freelancers, ghostwriters, coaches and personal trainers. Successful professionals know that the act of creation requires you to trust yourself enough to ship the work.


How is The Creative's Workshop different from the altMBA and The Marketing Seminar?


The altMBA is about leadership, decision-making and the act of making change happen. It features dozens of live coaches with real-time videoconferencing. It's an intensive sprint. The altMBA costs 10 times as much, requires you to apply and doesn't feature any videos or Q&A. Only 150 people are in each cohort of the altMBA and the intimate scale enables a totally different experience.

The Marketing Seminar is about learning the essentials of modern marketing. It features over 60 video lessons with Seth, Q&A opportunities, 24/7 discussion engagement with thousands of other professionals around the world, and content that remains open for months during the Seminar (both the videos and discussion boards). The Marketing Seminar helps you learn to see, understand and work with the dreams and desires of those you seek to serve.

The Creative's Workshop focuses on the essential work of becoming a working professional in a creative setting. It will shine a light on what it means to produce work and share it, and to build the habit of giving and getting generous feedback on that work.

We hope that the learning journey you're on ends up including all the experiences, but there's virtually no overlap, so it doesn't matter which one you take first.


Should I consider Seth's Udemy courses?

Seth has six top-rated courses on Udemy, each of which has been taken by thousands of people. There are reasonably priced courses on Leadership, Freelancing, Bootstrapping, Modern Marketing, Presentations and Value Creation. We know that the peer to peer engagement and day by day approach we take in our Akimbo workshops is the most effective way to learn, but you might find that the low cost of entry to the video only courses makes them worth an hour or two of your time.

The key difference is the Udemy workshops don't offer the peer to peer discussion boards.


Is the workshop accredited?


Proudly, no.

Accreditation makes sense for a certain kind of institution delivering a certain kind of education. But we're not willing to build a test-and-measure culture, not willing to embrace an ancient-yet-standard curriculum, and mostly, we're not willing to distrust our students.

We'll be delighted to offer you a certificate of completion when the Workshop is successfully completed, and even better, we encourage you to find a cohort in the Workshop who will personally vouch for your contributions.


Can I get reimbursed?


We hope so! We've had students in the past ask to their boss or HR department and get reimbursment for the workshop. More and more enlightened organizations are encouraging their teams to contribute by learning. Every student also receives a certificate of completion that you can share with your HR department.


Why does it cost more than a video course?


We're charging more than other online courses for a simple reason: We want committed students. No one in the Workshop is browsing around or hoping for a quick hit. You'll be surrounded by other people willing to do the work and contribute along the way.

Some people, those who know how much a college course costs, have asked us why the Workshop doesn't cost much more. After all, the typical college course costs at least 10 times as much (and delivers far less value). We believe that anyone should be able to learn at a reasonable cost, and we believe that a product should deliver more value than its sticker price.


Do you offer financial aid?


We don't, with two exceptions.

If you're a full-time employee at a socially focused 501(c)(3), we'd be delighted to give you a significant discount. Drop us a note at hello@thecreativesworkshop.com and we'll get you sorted.

Full-time students at accredited institutions also get a discount, because we want to supercharge what you're learning at school. Contact us at hello@thecreativesworkshop.com.

Otherwise, we encourage you to ask your HR department for reimbursement.


Is there a money-back guarantee?

Show Your Work Money Back Guarantee: Our workshops are incredibly effective. Check out what our alumni have to say. Still, just in case you’re hesitating, consider our 100% guarantee for this workshop: If you find that it hasn't met your expectations, simply drop us a note after you've participated through all the lessons in the workshop and we’ll refund your entire tuition. We've found that when our students contribute to the workshop, they get back far more than they put into it. Sometimes life gets in the way. If you need to withdraw from the workshop before you complete it, we're happy to defer you to a future session at no cost. Just ask. To be fair to all, we don't offer refunds for non-participation.

Reach us at hello@thecreativesworkshop.com


Is there a special rate for groups?


Yes. We love to see groups enroll! Our standard price is $795, but if you enroll a group of four or more people, each person only pays $395. Drop us a note at hello@thecreativesworkshop.com and we'll get you sorted out.


Are there exams?


We're delighted to say no. And no grades, either. We feel really strongly that a test-and-measure culture is ruining education. More on this here.


Can I get a certificate at the end?


Every attendee receives a certificate as a PDF, suitable for printing and framing. And if you send us a self-addressed stamped envelope, we'll send you a physical certificate, signed and with a shiny seal.


How long does the discussion board stay active?


The discussion board and workshop content is available until July 9, 2020. After that, enrolled students are invited to join our alumni hub, Forward Link, at no cost.


Can I post confidential materials on the discussion board?


The rules of our discussion board are:

  • Contribute more than you ask for.
  • Be kind.
  • What is said here, stays here.

With that said, please use your best judgment. If it's not something you can happily post online, best to disguise the details before you post it here.


Will Seth answer all of my questions?


Definitely not. And the good news is that you don't need him to. The Workshop is designed to give you a compass and a template, not a map. The map, the details of your particular situation… that's all up to you. We hope the Workshop will help empower your decisions along the way.


Is there an affiliate program?


There isn't. We're hoping that if you find it useful, you'll happily spread the word to your friends and colleagues.


How do I contact you to ask a question about the program?


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