Hosted by Kaite Welsh at the Scottish Poetry Library in Edinburgh, this course is for any freelancer who may be thinking of wanting to finish your novel, start a freelance career or take your current work to the next level. This course will help you to take a more structured approach to your creative planning in 2019 and will walk you through everything you need to develop your projects throughout the year.
It will help you to design an annual plan that's tailored to your creative work and life, with measurable yearly, monthly and weekly goals, as well as showing you how and when to self-evaluate. During the day, you'll work on:
Review of 2018 - what went well and what didn't? what's left undone and what are you never, ever going to do again because it was terrible and/or didn't bring you closer to your goals?
SWOT analysis - what are your strengths and weaknesses? what opportunities do you have and what might threaten your work?
Risk register - think about the worst that can happen. then plan for it. (comes with a handy Jurassic Park-based example).
Dependencies - what needs to fall into line to make sure your creative work happens?
Although some of the things that the day will go through might sound like they're more applicable to a large organisation, they're crucial for planning your work and year and can make a real difference in funding applications. Incorporating them into your practice gives you accountability, structure and a solid foundation to your work, meaning that you can focus on your creative projects knowing that you've set a road map in place for where you want to be this time next year.
The course will include printed and digital tool kits, a mid-year one on one check in and a lot of highlighters and post it notes. Like, a lot.