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CreativeLive Review 2019: Is It Worth It?

If you’re wondering, “What is CreativeLive?”, it’s is an online education platform aimed at entrepreneurs, creative professionals and yes, writers.

Chase Jarvis and Craig Swanson founded the company in Seattle in 2010. It’s similar to online education platforms like Lynda and Masterclass.

However, CreativeLive emphasises teaching softer skills like writing, blogging and art and design (hence the name!).

How CreativeLive Works

You can take several free CreativeLive classes to gauge how it works. Many of the photography classes are free, for example. One of the more popular free CreativeLive classes is 30 Days of Genius with Chase Jarvis.

In that class, he interviews business experts like Richard Branson and online entrepreneurs like Ramit Sethi and Marie Forleo. Each interview is about an hour long.

Otherwise, CreativeLive classes are available on demand for a fee. You can take them on your computer or watch them using the CreativeLive Android or iOS apps.

CreativeLive On Air also streams live classes that you can attend virtually. These cover topics like money and life, photography, music and audio.

If you don’t like a class, they offer a 30-day refund policy.

What Courses I Took for This CreativeLive Review

I took several classes while writing this CreativeLive review.

I bought the Vlog Like a Boss course by Amy Schmittauer (now Amy Landino) for $79. Approximately 11,000 students have taken this course.

I took this on-demand CreativeLive class as I wanted to improve my video creation and production skills for an online course I offer.

Before taking this class, I was vaguely familiar with Landino’s’s work, but I didn’t know much about her approach to vlogging. This CreativeLive class includes 21 video lessons, and I spent five hours on it.

While writing this CreativeLive review, I also watched some of these classes:

  • 30 Days of Genius With Chase Jarvis (free)
  • The 4-Hour Life With Tim Ferriss ($299)
  • How to Make Money With Ramit Sethi ($159)
  • Wired for Story: How to Become a Story Genius with Lisa Cron ($49)

What I Liked About CreativeLive

I like CreativeLive because many classes featured professionals like Amy Landino at the top of their game. The materials are digestible and easy to get through. For example, many of Landino’s modules are between five and ten minutes long.

The CreativeLive production values are top notch. Landino recorded her classes in high-definition in front of a studio audience. This approach was a refreshing change from other online classes I’ve taken.

Typically, online classes involve a presenter speaking straight to camera or recording a desktop presentation while talking (This is what I do!).

I was able to adjust the playback speed of the modules and read a lesson transcript too.

CreativeLive is a good way to take classes from online entrepreneurs you follow or want to learn more about.

For example, Ramit Sethi sells courses on his site that range from several hundred to several thousand dollars. If you’re new to learning online, his CreativeLive class is relatively affordable.

While you can improve your writing or creative skills by watching YouTube or buying books, I’ve always found premium online classes offer more structure than random YouTube videos and tend to be more focused than books.

What I Disliked about CreativeLive

CreativeLive occasionally offers an all-access pass whereby you can watch anything you want for a subscription or one-time for free. While writing this CreativeLive review, I didn’t see it for sale.

That’s a pity as other online learning platforms like Lynda and Masterclass offer this type of all-you-eat pass, and it’s useful if you’re unsure what to study first..

Some of the high-end CreativeLive classes cost several hundred dollars while others cost less than fifty. It took me some time to figure out their pricing. If you take a lot of classes, CreativeLive could quickly become expensive.

I also noticed some CreativeLive classes contain modules that are 30 to 40 minutes long as opposed to the more digestible modules in Landino’s course. (Only two of her classes were this long and she labelled them as “deep dives”).

I find it more difficult to get through longer video lessons, preferring instead to consume content like this over a cup of coffee or lunch.

Perhaps my attention span is shrinking!

Finally, the CreativeLive classes I took didn’t include many downloadable materials. These certainly aren’t essential but can serve as useful learning aids.

What Are The Best CreativeLive Classes?

My favourite CreativeLive class to date is “Vlog Like a Boss” as I learnt about an unfamiliar topic, and I found Landino an insightful instructor.

I also enjoyed Wired for Story presented by Lisa Crohn, even if much of the lesson materials reminded me of a seminar I took several years ago by screenwriter Robert McKee.

Ferriss’s and Sethi’s courses are good too. However, I’ve spent hours reading their blog posts and books and listening to their podcasts. So I was already familiar with much of what they were teaching on CreativeLive.

Now here are the most popular CreativeLive classes for writers:

  • Writing Your Story by Joyce Maynard ($74)
  • Wired for Story: How to Become a Story Genius by Lisa Cron ($49)
  • Writing Your Book: Start Strong and Get It Done by Jennie Nash ($129)
  • Starving to Successful: How to Make a Living as a Writer by Jeff Goins ($99)
  • Writing a Story by Joshua Morr ($59)

These writing classes cover similar topics so I’d suggest reading the lesson list, watching the trailers and picking a teacher who appeals to your learning style. Please note, these prices were at the time of writing this review

CreativeLive also features several appealing classes about productivity and time management, but I haven’t taken these yet, except for Ramit Sethi’s and Tim Ferriss’s musings on the topic.

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