Our mission is to help you learn and create more effectively.

Self Starter’s Guide creates events, courses, and other resources to help you turbocharge your learning goals, explore your curiosity, and bring more creativity into your daily life.

I think of SSG as both a school and a lab, with an approach that prioritizes not only learning, but playful inquiry and creative experimentation. Explore our projects below!


Design Your Learning Roadmap

An in-depth course that will show you more efficient and effective ways to control your own learning.

How to Build a Daily Writing Habit

A month-long workshop to get you on the path to a consistent creative habit.

NOTE: Course links coming soon!


Idea Exchange

Small-group conceptual show-and-tells, focused on sharing interesting and uncommon ideas.

Living Room Learning

Intimate workshops and creative explorations in a nice cozy Brooklyn living room.


Curriculum Concierge

In-depth, one-one-one guidance for your personal learning goals.

The Self Starter’s Library

Our modular knowledge base, filled with the best free resources we’ve found on all sorts of fascinating topics.

Uncommon Core

A more well-rounded 21st century curriculum.

Ideas and Experiments

Explore the complete list of early-stage experiments we’ve got in the pipeline. If any of these interest you, please get in touch!

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Eight “Better Than Free” Generatives for Learning and Side Projects

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I’m a big fan of Kevin Kelly’s post “Better Than Free”, where he posits eight “generatives” that cannot be infinitely copied and thus accrete tremendous valuable in the new digital…

Daily Writing and the Power of a Good Prompt

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The value of a daily writing habit can take many forms. A few hundred words a day might be my therapy; your brainstorm session; his story workshop; her blog building.…

21 Ways to Make Magic Happen by Writing Daily

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I’m big into writing, and in particular, I’m kind of obsessed with the Miraculous Magical Wonder-Well of Writing Every Day. Okay, I don’t have like a quick and easy incantation,…

Creative Prompts to Spark Your Writing: Part 1

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From October 2013 to October 2014, I successfully completed a personal challenge of writing at least 750 words per day for 365 consecutive days. Over the course of the year,…