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Are you tired of starting projects you never finish?

You are great at coming up with ideas and maybe even starting a project. You've done the hard work of naming that thing you know you're supposed to do.

  • launch that podcast
  • write that book
  • host that gathering
  • teach that class
  • lead that small group
  • deliver that talk
  • start that program
  • make that cool thing we can't list because you haven't created it yet

But you're feeling anxious because the tricky thing about this kind of project you feel called to create? It comes from within you. You have to be both the idea-maker and the project-creator. You are the boss and the employee. You are the engineer and the artist. You're worried this idea will turn out like all the others: like nothing. Unfinished and forgotten. So what if this time was different? What if you could approach your creative idea with new hope, fresh eyes, and a solid plan?

create and complete

Introducing Create + Complete

an online course to help you finally finish a project that matters

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meet emily, your creative director

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I'm Emily P. Freeman, founder of The School for Creative Direction and teacher in this first course, Create + Complete. I'm proof that you do not need a personality transplant in order to finish projects.

I am a Wall Street Journal Bestselling author of four books that I wrote and released in a short five years. I did not hire a personal organizer, magically develop a Type A personality, or send my three kids to boarding school so I could get my work done. And you don't have to, either.

I did, however, manage to finish meaningful work without sacrificing my meaningful life. Though your project may not be book-writing, I've developed a framework for finishing that I use for all my projects now.

This framework will help you clear your schedule, clarify your intentions, and finally finish a project that matters.

In Create + Complete, I want to help you:

  • Build a solid foundation for your specific creative project
  • Develop sustainable habits for creative action
  • Find relief from the anxiety of competition and new energy to do your own thing well
  • Stop wasting time and finally finish a project that matters

I look forward to helping you turn your creative idea into a finished project. Let's do this together!

about the school

direction for makers who aren't sure what to do next with their great idea

Every work that has ever touched our lives, no matter the medium, has one thing in common: someone finished it. We believe in order to finish projects that matter, three key pillars need to be in place:

  • a centered soul
  • the space to create
  • a supportive community

In today's fast-paced world, these are more difficult than ever to cultivate. The School for Creative Direction seeks to provide all three of these in our first ever offering, Create + Complete. We want to partner with the artist who values deep connection, curious listening, soul space, and meaningful work.

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Create + Complete Online Course: 5 in-depth teaching videos from Emily

Create + Complete Printable Exercises + Worksheets

Printable Transcripts of all audio + video teaching

Bonus Access: Create + Complete private Facebook group

Bonus Content: Free access to The Quiet Collection audio recordings

create + complete: a peek inside

Lesson 0: Ignore Create the space you need to finally finish a project that matters
Lesson 1: Clarify Understand and apply the 3 Essential Keys every project needs
Lesson 2: Serve Discern the difference between your person and your critic
Lesson 3: Design Organize your project for completion
Lesson 4: Celebrate Know when your project is ready to release

plus these enrollment bonuses

Bonus content and access included for free

  • The Quiet Collection

    Twenty audio recordings delivered M-F to your inbox for the duration of the course, with encouragement for your soul and perspective for your work

  • Private Facebook Community

    Connect with like-minded artists, an often over-looked but essential part of finishing projects. Here you'll meet other students at the same stage in the process, ask questions, and receive valuable feedback.

  • Downloadable Guides

    If you're emotionally allergic to marketing, The Who Worksheet + The Marketing Language Cheat Sheet will help you share your finished work with clarity and confidence

what people are saying

Hear how Create + Complete has helped these former students

  • I learned so much from Emily’s creative process, and spent time making some new creative habits of my own. This experience was just the push I needed to move from stuck to getting it done.
    Angela P.
  • After these lessons, I feel I can do the next right thing in love. This course has changed the course of my life and unleashed something buried since childhood.
    Amy C.
  • Emily is a skilled, thoughtful, and gentle guide for the artist seeking greater clarity in her work and looking for specific guidance and helpful tools to transform her hopes into something tangible.
    Marian V.
  • This was my first foray into the virtual class world. I learned so much from Emily about the creative process.
    Dea M.

imagine what it would feel like to finish

"Creative work is not a selfish act on the part of the actor. It’s a gift to the world and every being in it. Don’t cheat us out of your contribution. Give us what you’ve got.”

Steven Pressfield, The War of Art

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what you get when you enroll

work like an artist, finish like a pro

  • Create + Complete Online Course

    Step-by-step Video Lessons: Five in-depth video lessons designed to take you from idea creation to project completion. Enroll today and watch your first lesson right away.

  • Weekly Resources + Exercises

    Curious questions: Apply what you learn in the video lessons to your unique project with printable worksheets and exercises designed to help you clarify your work and finish with confidence.

  • Downloadable Transcripts

    For our Deaf/Hard of Hearing Students: All video and audio have been made accessible with complete transcripts of the teaching so you won't miss a thing.

  • Bonus: The Quiet Collection

    Daily Audio Recordings: Center your mind with a scripture reading and a thoughtful reflection read by Emily, delivered to your inbox for easy access (transcripts are provided).

  • Bonus: Facebook Community

    Connect and collaborate: Interact with like-minded artists on the Create + Complete private Facebook Group where you'll receive encouragement and valuable feedback.

  • Bonus: Worksheet + Cheat Sheet

    Downloadable Guides: Get clear on who your project is for and what it means to share it with grace and confidence The Who worksheet + the Marketing Language Cheat Sheet.

Frequently Asked Questions

We would love to have you join us!

Is the whole course online?

It sure is. 

Is there a curriculum for the course?

Yes. There are five video lessons and each lesson has an assignment that coincides with the teaching. Each video teaching builds on the last one.

What if I'm not on Facebook? Can I still enroll?

Of course! All of the material for the course is accessible through the password and login you'll create when you sign up. The only thing we'll use Facebook for is for connecting with other students. Emily will also host a Facebook Live video mid-way through the course for Q+A, but other than that, everything will be accessible by logging in to the course.

What kind of person is this for?

Create + Complete is designed to help artists, creators, and makers finish a project that matters no matter what the project is. The course will work best for you if you have a project in mind when you sign up and if it is the type of project that you hope to offer to others.

In other words, if you simply want to finish your personal scrapbook, this course is probably not be for you. The goal is to help you clarify your own creative work (no matter the medium) so that you can move your creative idea from your head to the hands of someone who needs it. 

Are there any extra materials I'll need to participate?

All you will need is internet access, the ability to watch videos online, and print out the material provided. 

Wait, didn't Emily write a book about this?

Yes. It is not required reading for the course, but if you read and resonated with A Million Little Ways, then you are definitely ready to take the next step with Create + Complete.

How long will I have access to the course?

Enrolling now gets you lifetime access. That means you can purchase the course today and take it when you're ready.

When will the course begin?

Your first video lesson and exercise will be available as soon as you sign up. This is a preliminary lesson for you to complete before Monday, March 6. That's when Lesson 1 will be unlocked and we will move through at that pace:

  • Lesson 0: Available now
  • Lesson 1: March 6
  • Lesson 2: March 13
  • Lesson 3: March 20
  • Lesson 4: March 27

I want to take this course but March is busy for me. I don't know if I can keep up!

The beautiful thing about this course format is there's no such thing as behind. Your pace is your pace. One reason why we often don't finish our projects is because we start big and fizzle out.

As the course begins, we will set your pace for you - which means we will only release one teaching video per week. This will allow us to have relevant conversations in the Facebook group. March is the month Emily is available to provide some extra support for you.

However, after four weeks all the videos and audios will be released so you'll be free to access them whenever you wish.

Will you offer this again in the future?

Yes, but it may not be until 2018.

Can I get a refund?

You will have 30 days to request a refund. However in order to receive one, you will need to send us an email and let us know the reason why. We want this course to help you and will do what we can to make sure that's the case!

I have a question you haven't answered!

No problem. Simply send an email to with your question and we'll respond as soon as we can.

more about the bonus content

To finish a project matters, you need a plan for your schedule and for your soul

In addition to the Private Facebook Community, when you sign up for Create + Complete, you'll also get The Quiet Collection, where you can start each weekday of the course with Emily reading a reflection to encourage your soul as you begin your creative work. To listen to a sample, click on the player below.
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what former students have to say about the quiet collection

  • Love this! Well-planned + organized with creative components for soul-centering. Emily's voice is calming + her words truthful!
    Heather M.
  • The Quiet Collection is such a gift. I have loved each day of it so much.
    Melissa H.
  • The Quiet Collection is feeding me. I don’t sign up for much to land in my mailbox, but this is a joy and a delight and valuable to me.
    Terri C.
  • If it wasn't for the amazing Quiet Collection, my weary soul could not rise to the work.
    Liz B.

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I'm ready to finish a project that matters

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