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Love and the Creative Life: How to Smoothly Navigate Your Relationship and a Writing Career Zoom Seminar, Sunday, July 14th, 2024
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Love and the Creative Life: How to Smoothly Navigate Your Relationship and a Writing Career Zoom Seminar, Sunday, July 14th, 2024

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Sunday, July 14th, 2024

Live Seminar Via Zoom 1:00PM EST – 2:30PM EST

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Are you a creative individual in a relationship or part of a couple where one partner is an artist?

If so, join Aaron Shulman and Elisa Ortega Montilla for an insightful seminar that delves into the intricacies of balancing love and creativity. With 16 years of shared experience, Aaron and Elisa have navigated the highs and lows of creative successes and failures, financial fluctuations, career changes, relocations, and parenthood. Through it all, they’ve discovered strategies to support each other's passions while maintaining a joyful and fulfilling relationship.

Read an Interview with Aaron and Elisa on Love and the Creative Life

This seminar offers a blend of personal anecdotes and social science research, revealing that relationships can be a powerful driver of creative success rather than a barrier.

Participants will learn practical strategies to pursue their artistic ambitions amidst common challenges such as anxiety, financial insecurity, time constraints, and uncertainty. Whether you aspire to own a home, start a family, or simply thrive in your creative career, this seminar will equip you with the tools to harmonize your relationship and your creative life.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn from a couple who has successfully integrated their creative careers and personal lives. Whether you are a writer, artist, or in a relationship with one, this seminar will provide invaluable insights and actionable strategies to help you thrive.

Register now to secure your spot and take the first step towards harmonizing love and creativity in your life!


  • How to build resilience into the risk-reward calculations of career/creative decisions.
  • How a partner can help you overcome creative setbacks.
  • How a partner can create work-time for the other person and create space for them to grow.


Aaron Shulman is the author of the non-fiction historical narrative The Age of Disenchantments: The Epic Story of Spain’s Most Notorious Literary Family and the Long Shadow of the Spanish Civil War (Ecco/HarperCollins, 2019). After growing up in Michigan, Aaron attended Johns Hopkins University as an undergrad and then the University of Montana, where he received his MFA in creative writing. A former Fulbright scholar, his work has appeared in The New York TimesThe Believer, The New Republic, The American Scholar, The Wall Street Journal, El País (Spain), Hazlitt, and the Los Angeles Review of Books, among many other places. He is the co-owner of the book-collaboration agency Splash Literary. He lives between Barcelona and Los Angeles with his wife, the artist Elisa Ortega Montilla, and their daughter.

Elisa Ortega Montilla is an artist currently based between California and Barcelona. Before shifting her focus to art, she spent over a decade as a social worker in Spain, Guatemala, and California. In 2019, she completed a Master of Fine Arts at the University of California, Santa Barbara, then was chosen as the university's 2019-2020 Artist-in-Residence. Her work has been featured in The Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Review of Books, Hyperallergic, and KCRW, among other places, and she was chosen as the artist of the year by LUM Art Magazine in 2022. Her work has been exhibited in group and solo exhibitions in Spain, Guatemala, Mexico, and across the US, including in the Sur Biennial at the Torrance Art Museum, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, AD&A Museum in Santa Barbara, and Centro de Arte Rafael Botí. In 2021, she was awarded an Emerging Artist Fellowship from the California Arts Council, and in 2022 the Grant Award from Sustainable Arts Foundation.


    This class will meet via Zoom on Sunday, July 14th, 2024 from 1:00PM CST – 2:30PM EST


    Tuition is $75. You can pay for the course in full or use Affirm to pay over time with equal Monthly Payments. Both options are available at checkout.
    • Instructors are Aaron Shulman and elisa ortega montilla

    • Sunday, July 14th, 2024

    • Live Seminar Via Zoom, 1:00PM EST – 2:30PM EST