Inner Circle Course Syllabus

Tammy Breitweiser
Sep 7 · 3 min read

Inner Circle Course for Creativity

Innovation 1630

Course Logistics:

  • Accelerated Program
  • Classroom: Various Locations
  • Length of course: Rest of my life

About the program:

The course is constructed of creative spaces for writers and readers to connect with a tribe of people to inspire them and fill their creative wells. Connections bring out the best in you as a creative. It will also allow you to connect to yourself.

This course provides a space for life giving conversation and action by creating a close knit “inner circle” of people to immerse in with ultimate input and creativity. This course is the travel guide to lead the way and fill the well.

Course Materials:

Readings: [more may be added]

Deep Work by Cal Newport

The Art of Gathering

Writing Down the Bones Natalie Goldberg

The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron

Additional items:

Notebooks

Fountain pen

Mind maps

Coursework/Assignments:

Morning Pages

3 pages of daily stream of consciousness writing

Essays of reflections after each experience

Assignments will vary depending on the experience

Participation in the Mastermind/Community

Topics will be provided the week before. Being in the “hot seat” to pose a problem to be solved by the group will be required once during the course.

Participation is also required in the message board community. Part of the creative process is sharing and also being vulnerable with fellow creatives.

Participation in the Conversation Lab and reflection essay

A systematic exercise between two students in the class consisting of a series of questions with allotted time to talk or NOT talk.

Participation in the Conversation Gala

Students will be alerted to the location. No one will know each other. You are tasked to ask questions with regards to one rule:You cannot ask a questions that you could find out on a FB profile.

Examples:

What scar has the most interesting story?

Do we need cursive?

Do you believe in karma?

What quality do you most appreciate in your mom?

What keeps you up at night?

Life Experiment Component

Various trials of new activities and hobbies will be required for a period of 30 days. Ideas include but are not limited to: cooking styles, new recipes, capsule wardrobes, painting, reading deprivation, photo a day, meditation, etc.

New experiences are imperative to stretch your thinking.

Bradbury Trio

The Bradbury Trio is based on Ray Bradbury’s recommendation to read a poem, a short story, and an essay every day. In alignment with the Bradbury Trio which is required in this course, short story analysis is a parallel assignment. It may be done within the context of writing practice (see below). Personal selections will be shared within the community.

Short story analysis questions are:

  • What is being said?
  • What is not being said?
  • Who is saying it?
  • Why does it matter?

Writing Practice

A daily requirement of a minimum of 10 minutes of intuitive writing is required in this course. Daily prompts will be provided. Responses to TED talks will be offered once a week.

Additional information:

Deadlines

All assignments must be submitted to the correct folders on the specified date and time. No late work will be accepted.

Conduct

Professional behavior is expected throughout the course. Only whining is allowed within the morning pages. Respectful communication is a must in every context. You do not always have to agree with your classmates however. Great discussion should be fostered.

Enjoyment

Part of creativity is savoring the experience and the products! Have fun!

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This story was published in response to Human Parts Weekend Prompt about taking “ yourself to the School of Living. Your classes? Those are up to you.”

Tammy Breitweiser

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Tammy is force of nature; woman of honor; seer of nuance; ultra runner and ultra reader; & an accidental inspirationalist who writes.

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