Life Worth Living
career course for creative people.
Painting by Ellen Lloyd
highest art is the art of living an ordinary life in an extraordinary
is a writer, performer and entrepreneur. She is the director
of The Writing Parlor, a San Francisco literary arts center
and theatre that has taught writing, creativity, and artistic
self-sufficiency to over 2,000 students in the last two years.
She has received grants, awards, and critical acclaim for her
theatre productions, plays and educational innovations including
an Audrey Skirball-Kenis Fellowship for Playwriting, a San Francisco
Foundation Theatre Grant, a San Francisco Education Innovator's
Award, and the Marin Headlands Artist-in-Residency. Her fiction,
essays, and feature articles have appeared in numerous publications
including The New York Times Magazine, The San Francisco Examiner,
Salon Magazine, SF Focus and the SF Weekly. She has lectured
on creativity and the arts at San Francisco State, Berkeley
Theological Union, UC Berkeley, Yale, Wesleyean, Columbia, Barnard
and NYU School for the Arts training deans, counselors, theologists
and students in the arts. She has written and consulted on creativity, career
counseling and curriculum development for numerous institutions
and companies including Steelcase Corporation, Honeywell, and
Arriba Juntos,a federal employment agency. For the past seven
years she has led workshops in the Life Worth Living
process, helping hundreds of creatives attain their dreams.
can also contact Carol by e-mail
with comments and career questions, or preview some Life
Worth Living exercises and excerpts from the book.
the greatest confusion there is still an open channel to the
soul. It may be difficult to find because by midlife it is overgrown
and some of the wildest thickets that surround it grow out of
what we describe as our education. But the channel is always
there, and it is our business to keep it open, to have access
to the deepest part of ourselves."
intensive workshops ranging from four to eight weeks guide participants
through the Life Worth Living process, complete with
hands-on exercises, discussions, lectures and personal brainstorming
on your particular predicament. The workshops meet once a week
for a three hour session.
authentic, genuine testimonials from real life students,)
are limited to 10 students and are very affordable.
information contact Britt Aageson, Carol's co-teacher, at
I also offer
individualized Life Worth Living sessions for an hourly
fee. Usually the arrangement is short-term and guides the participant
through the 12-week process at various levels of intensity,
depending on the individual's needs.
information contact Carol at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Engagements and Reading
book signings and mini-workshops at bookstores around the country
as well as in-depth lectures and intensives in the following
Your Life Worth Living
anyone interested in realizing their creative dreams)
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counselors, professors, and deans of art, dance, theater,
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I also offer
workshops and talks specifically designed for liberal arts students,
theology students, downsized workers, entrepreneurs, and women.
information, call Carol at: (415) 643-8327
to The Life Worth Living Workshop:
started Carol's workshop, I was an actor on the verge of throwing
in the towel. I was stuck in a draining 9-5 office job, was
plagued with low self-esteem, and was doubting the validity
and sanity of pursuing an artistic career. The "Three Paths"
exercise forced me to explore my career options, not through
vague daydreams, but in vivid, practical detail. As a result
I was able to see that I was indeed pursuing the path that was
right for me but that the structure of my daily life was not
conducive to achieving my goals. A year later, I had traded
my dull day job for a more flexible freelance copy editing business,
was making a sizable income from voice overs and commercials,
and had the time and energy to pursue more fulfilling work in
the theatre. The Life Worth Living process works because it
is active. It is not simply musings on the trials and tribulations
of the artist's life; rather, it puts theory into practice by
helping you recognize the building blocks of your dreams."
into A Life Worth Living with some skepticism; I've read and
tried a number of "right livelihood" self-help programs, but
their rigid methods, ideologies, and narrow definitions of success
limited their effectiveness. A Life Worth Living had what I
was looking for. The tools Carol uses are driven by the individual's
unique qualities, unlike others which try to fit those qualities
into a preset pattern. I don't think it would be possible to
go through the workshop without coming to terms with what you
really want in life. By putting those priorities first, then
providing the tools to help create a life that supports them,
A Life Worth Living succeeds in doing exactly what its name
filmmaker / media
Life Worth Living helped me to identify what I want to achieve
and the obstacles I had to overcome. Carol's intellectual acuity
and emotional maturity made the exercises she devised particularly
effective and memorable."
Professor of Political
University of Chicago
Worth Living was the first comprehensive program that helped
me connect the thousands of dots between my personal history,
my creativity, my values, and that longstanding bugaboo, the
need to make a decent living. I wove together my performance
skills, my intellectual interests, and political convictions
to launch a career as a journalist in public radio. I have an
undying gratitude to Carol Lloyd. Finally, finally, finally--there
was a program that dealt with the nuts and bolt of getting a
profession and a creative life."
Vollmeyer, Pacifica Radio
A Life Worth Living, I walked around with a gnawing feeling
of dissatisfaction and hunger. Out of the workshop, I developed
what I thought was an impossibly long wish list: to work on
a famous feature movie, have two new shows of my visual art,
work as a consultant at the local Museum of Modern Art, produce
and perform in a radio drama, get the new art director position
at work, and create and finish a trailer for a full-length documentary.
Applying Life Worth Living ideas, everything on my wish list
has come true within a year. I could never have dreamed all
these things could happen so quickly."
artist / filmmaker
/ art director
Worth Living is designed for today's career struggles. The outdated
work ethic and "do-what-you-love-and-the-money-will-follow"
theory needs revision. Carol's process incorporates getting
serious about our career plans and learning to enjoy our creative
process. This is a wonderful guidebook to help us heal and to
remind us that loving our work feeds our spirit."
bodyworker / photographer
impressed me about the Life Worth Living course and Carol Lloyd
was the fusion of artistic intuition and practical wherewithal.
We were inspired to explore our wildest dreams and then provided
with the tools to follow them. Each class awakened insights
and challenged that were resolved the following week. By the
end of the class, strangers had become friends, and dreams had
become achievable goals."
writer / chef
Living served as an incredible catalyst for me. Those visions
dancing in my mind were no longer just dreams. Through Carol's
process, I learned to manifest these ideas at a pace that was
not overwhelming. I took action and things started to happen.
No longer feeling obliged to take low-paying odd jobs, I pursued
a career of interest. Leaving my nanny position and job at Macy's
behind, I entered the world of film and photography. The over-all
quality of my life changed, too. I was sad when it was over
as if it were a great book that I didn't want to end."
designer / art