Journalling for Creativity and Productivity

Journalling for Creativity and Productivity

Who: Claire Corbett
Saturday 14 October, 10am-4pm
Cost: Full Price:
$180; Member: $125; Conc Member: $110
All levels and types of writer will benefit, including academic writers and journalists

In this energising, fun and interactive course, you’ll learn how to create a daily journal for capturing ideas, enhancing productivity, and prioritising tasks. The aim is to reduce stress while increasing focus, organisation and playfulness. The course blends approaches from a number of sources on productivity and incorporates insights from brain research to harness what we know about motivation and concentration. The resulting approach is endlessly customisable. You can spend as little as five minutes a day on it. It is, in essence, a practical approach to mindfulness, with a focus on calm, creativity and clarifying priorities.

The day will include exercises, supporting information, tips, techniques, and pointers on where and how to find more information after the course has finished.

The journal you end up with will give you an overview of your life, a forward-looking tool to generate ideas and complete projects, but also a review tool for learning lessons, and a record of your journey, as colourful and detailed as you want it to be.

Expected Learning Outcomes

  1. How to begin: how to set up a daily journal to capture ideas, enrich creativity and prioritise tasks
  2. How to continue: an understanding of how to use a range of journal techniques to achieve large goals such as writing a novel or finishing a degree
  3. How to take it further: understanding how and why an analogue journal complements digital tools and how to progress beyond the exercises and techniques offered during the course to continue learning and customising your journal.

Participant Requirements
You will need to bring a blank journal, preferably about A5 size, no dates or days. The pages can be blank or lined but dotted is generally best (this will be explained on the day). You will also need to bring a pen or three (preferably at least black, blue and red) and a ruler. Coloured highlighter markers are very useful.

The journal can be as basic or as fancy as you wish: many consider the Leuchtturm 1917 Bullet Journal to be the ultimate journal, or the Moleskine. These journals are beautiful, useful, and the perfect size but they are not cheap so do feel free to bring along whatever journal is best for you. This is a tool you will use every day for it to be effective, so if possible choose one that delights you without inhibiting your creativity.

About the tutor
Claire Corbett
is a novelist, university lecturer and PhD student: she has used diaries, journals, project notebooks, appointment and work diaries in every form all her life. Her first novel, When We Have Wings, was published in 2011 by Allen & Unwin and shortlisted for the 2012 Barbara Jefferis Award and the 2012 Ned Kelly Award for Best First Fiction. Recent fiction and essays have been published in Best Australian Stories 2014 & 2015, Griffith Review, Southerly and Overland. She has written on defence and strategy for The Diplomat, The Strategist and The Monthly.

Her second novel, Watch Over Me, was published by Allen & Unwin in May 2017. She has taught master classes in writing with Thomas Keneally at the SMSA and literature, film and creative writing at Western Sydney University and the University of Technology, Sydney. She is also teaching the Varuna Focus Week on the Novel this year.


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