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Getting creative work done with Oliver Burkeman

Guardian Masterclasses

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM (BST)

Getting creative work done with Oliver Burkeman

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The ultimate creative vaccination against procrastination

Creative work requires the kind of deep focus it's hard to schedule around other commitments. And busyness, these days, is getting out of hand: modern life wages war against creativity, overloading us with responsibilities and ceaseless distractions. Whatever medium you're working in, and whether your project is part of your work or a personal pleasure, prolific Guardian columnist Oliver Burkeman can show you how to stop promising to make time – and just get on with it instead.

Drawing on psychological research, practical experiments, and Oliver's considerable experience testing unconventional approaches to creativity for himself, this is an entertaining evening that will transform the way you engage with your time. Along the way, Oliver will slay some myths about motivation and teach you how to subdue the perfectionist impulse that too often sabotages creative work.

This course is for you if...

  • You work in the creative industries, or in a creative profession, and want to work more efficiently (or with less stress)
  • You want to pursue a creative project alongside having a full time job and/or family

Course description

This event is a large-scale, seminar-style evening course, in which Guardian columnist Oliver Burkeman offers practical, proven tips for creative people to make time and space in their lives to actually create things. Topics covered on the night include:

  • Motivational myths: how not to be enslaved to the urgent-but-unimportant
  • Lessons from modern psychology
  • Oliver's own favourite techniques for getting creative work done
  • Finding focus: deep concentration methods
  • Q&A with Oliver Burkeman

Tutor profile

Oliver Burkeman writes This Column Will Change Your Life, a weekly column on psychology, creativity and the science of happiness, in Guardian Weekend. He is the author of The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can't Stand Positive Thinking, published by Canongate. He lives in New York City.

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When & Where

The Guardian
Kings Place
90 York Way
N1 9GU London
United Kingdom

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM (BST)

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Guardian Masterclasses

Welcome to Guardian masterclasses – a unique programme of learning embedded within one of the world's most forward-thinking media organisations.

Masterclasses offer a broad range of short and long courses across a variety of disciplines from creative writing, journalism, photography and design, film and digital media, music and cultural appreciation.

Harnessing the expertise and specialisms within the organisation, our courses are led by first class and award winning guardian professionals whilst also drawing on the skills and expertise of other leading figures at the forefront of the creative and digital industries.

The programme is aimed at anyone interested in personal or professional development whether that be refining your skills, focusing your ambition or simply broadening your mind and gaining inspiration.

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