You know that feeling when kids open up a gift?
Imagine that but the gift they're opening is something they created.
Watch this below.
Opening our doors again on April 17, 2020!
Here's what we're doing in a nutshell:
Write a short book in a month together with a young person.
Seems so straightforward, doesn't it?
Idea --> write --> publish. Done.
The crazy part? It IS that simple. (see note about The Gym below)
OK, the real crazy part? I don't care so much about the book. Yes, we're going to write a book. But what I care about most is the experience you have together with that young person.
We're going to create Something from Nothing. We're going to bounce ideas off each other, eat tortilla chips, get frustrated, want to quit, have a breakthrough, and wonder why we didn't do all of this sooner.
We could also delay it some more and do it later. Or never.
Or you could create a "time capsule" of your experience together with someone else as these are the building blocks of friendship, of family, of relationships.
That's it. That's what we're doing with Spark Campfire.
I Can't Not Do This
You know those things that you Just Have To Do? This is one of them.
I've written 19 books. It's easy for me. I want it to become easy for you.
I wrote 5 of those books together with my two young boys (then 8- and 10-years old). Then I wrote 2 more with my 17-year-old nieces.
The experience was magical, awful, a disaster, a sparkly magical wonderland and in the past.
In the past? Yes, because we did it. We're done. We're onto the next thing.
But you. You haven't done it yet. I want you to experience what I experienced together with my kids.
That's it. That's my goal.
Oh yeah, we're going to write a book while doing it. You may have noticed that "The Book" is almost secondary. What I really want is the experience with a kid--for them but also for you.
Below is the curriculum. You can do it in this order or whatever order works for you. You can do it in a month or do it in a year. You can do it this time or do it next round.
But right now, this time, this month, with us?
Then it's the easiest, the most fun, and we'll get through it together.
Some of the lessons below have a "Preview" mode. For those, you can have a peek and see if it resonates with you.
StartWelcome! Communication, progress, and keeping connected. (10:46)
StartDay -5 | We're co-creating, we're not alone, we're doing this together. What are our roles? (6:44)
PreviewDay -4 | So you think you don't have a book idea... (10:34)
PreviewDay -3 | The Gym (5:58)
StartDay -2 | Fear. 4 paws in the earth. Who knows what's ahead? (5:51)
StartDay -1 | Expectations: What are you looking to get out of Spark Campfire? (4:33)
StartDay 0 | What type of person is it who does a thing like this? (3:31)
StartBONUS | What does this thing look like when we're done anyway? (1:58)
StartDay 1 | Reedsy: Book creation software and so much more (9:36)
StartDay 2 | The little-talked-about secret of writers and how they create stories
StartBONUS | Snacks are a vitally important element towards success (0:28)
StartDay 3 | The Pixar Pitch: It's not "Once upon a time." but an even better way to outline your book.
StartDay 4 | Where do the ideas come from? (7:29)
StartDay 5 | Title: Let's give this baby a name.
PreviewDay 6 | Tony (6:35)
PreviewDay 7 | Who is your ideal "Reader Avatar"? (2:44)
Bundled along with Spark is the how-to, nuts-and-bolts course called "Publish." Where Spark is about collaboration with another, co-creating, and bringing out the best in each other, Publish will provide you with the tools to make it all happen with software, walk-through videos, and tutorials.
The course, normally $97, is yours for free with your Spark course.
Courses Included with Purchase
Original Price: $97
Frequently Asked Questions
I'm not your average course coach
My office is in the woods, my dreams are in my hands, and my heart is in the lead.
I rarely had gym memberships because I thought to myself, "Ach, I could do all of that stuff on my own." "What does the trainer know that I don't?" "I can just do pushups and jog in the woods." I'll be fine.
All true statements.
But that trainer dude knows more than I do about lifting weights. Being around all of those "other people" who are sweating and working out is oddly inspiring. Plus, and this is the biggie: I didn't do the workouts on my own. I just didn't do it at all.
That's why I'm here.
I don't have a PhD in child psychology (nor do I want one). I haven't won awards for children's literature. I basically want to gather a group of people who want to improve their relationship with a young person while at the same time showing that young person what we can accomplish if we give it a month.
Oh, and have fun. In fact, I could put that first.