“My mistakes are my life.”Samuel Beckett
Most of us find our own voices only after we’ve sounded like a lot of other people.Neil Gaiman
First, we emulate and then we originate.
Anna Wintour, the indomitable editor of Vogue and Condé Nast’s most senior editorial figure, is the latest teacher to join the ranks of Masterclass to teach creativity and leadership.
In 12 lessons, Anna Wintour gives unprecedented access to her world, teaching you how to lead with vision and creativity—and without apology. A fashion and media icon, Anna Wintour has been driving our cultural conversation for more than 30 years.
The Vogue Editor-in-Chief and Artistic Director of Condé Nast takes off her signature sunglasses and gives you unprecedented access to her world. See how Anna nurtures talent, makes bold decisions, and evolves a brand. Learn how to lead with impact from a visionary creative leader.
Anna Wintour on how to be a boss
“I know many people are curious about who I am and how I approach my work,” Wintour says. “This is a class for those who want to understand my leadership style and then understand the experiences that have helped me become an effective leader.”
“Own your decisions and own who you are, but without apology.” – Anna WintourTweet
Anna Wintour doesn’t have an official Instagram or Twitter page where you can gain access to her expertise in creativity and leadership so Masterclass is your only workbook.
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If you’ve never taken a MasterClass before, it’s a great opportunity to take a peek into the mind and explore the process of some of the world’s leading experts in photography, writing, music production, filmmaking, and even cooking. You may be aware of Malcolm Gladwell’s writing course, Tom Morello’s electric guitar course, or Serena Williams teaches tennis course.
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As writers, we may feel like we do nothing.
No matter how much daily effort we put into it, writing doesn’t feel like a regular job.
Instead, writing feels like a blessing — whether we do it for pay, as a hobby, for therapy, or because we enjoy stitching together words as art. Or all of the above.
The process of interpreting the picture we have in our mind and converting that into words is a beautiful sensation.
Of course, the first draft is rarely any good. Writers harbor good bullshit detectors.
But the expectation is that we can tweak our words until they sound right. Revision wields the pen to our advantage and protects sentences from the erosion of complexity.
Never to be killed by comfort, the writer types on.
“What did you expect? It is work; art is work. Nobody ever said it was easy. What they said is: ‘Life is short, art is long.’”Ursula K. Le Guin
It starts with something to play with. Then it builds into an enormous flower of connections and surprises.
The problem isn’t speeding up — it’s calming down the circuits of the brain that are overworked and over-wired.
A prompt here, a rough sentence there, stock phrases, we inject certainty onto the page. But the dominance comes later through the editing itself.
Once we loosen up the control and do the work, we realize that perfection never meets the maker with great exactness. Everything is at first messy, as it should be.
The hardest part is calming down enough to see it out.