If you can change ONE person’s world with your writing or art, you can do it for HUNDREDS, or even THOUSANDS of people.

Embark on a step-by-step process to gain greater creative clarity, establish routines to write and create more easily, and understand how to create a plan to better reach your audience.

The Creative Shift Mastermind is a 3-month program where you work directly with me and a group of 10 other writers and creators just like you.

We become your support system, brainstorming partners, and the team of collaborators you have always dreamed of.

The details:

  • October 1 – December 31, 2018
  • This is a virtual group, you don’t have to show up anywhere at any specific day or time
  • $297 per month


We generate a clear plan to authentically connect your writing and art to those who will appreciate it most. We will demystify the process of how your creative vision can change people’s lives.


We identify specific ways for you to find more time and energy to create. You will establish unbreakable creative habits that supercharge your creative process in ways you never considered before.


We develop radical clarity in your writing and creative work. You will focus on the work that matters most to you, and identifying the impact you want your work to have on the lives of others.

The Creative Shift Mastermind is for the writer and creator who is ready to commit to themselves and their work — who wants their work to create an impact in the lives of others. When the Mastermind concludes, you will have a clear sense of what you create, how you create it, and how to connect it to those who will love it.

You will not do this alone.

Dan Blank

My name is Dan Blank. I have worked with thousands of writers and artists through this process. Every day, you will see and hear from me. I record videos each weekday that directly address your goals and those of the group.

We will engage in personalized discussions in the online workspace that encourage and inspire you to unearth your creative identity, and reach your creative goals. I provide direct feedback every day to help you work through challenges, brainstorm new ideas, and provide guidance based on my years of experience working with thousands of writers and creators.

Get the support system you need to succeed with your writing or creative work.

Stop struggling alone with your creative work.

Make a creative shift in your life by gaining total clarity, developing strong creative habits, generating a plan to connect authentically with those who love your work, and do it all with a support system to ensure you stay accountable and on track.

Our goals are simple: I want you to wake up on January 1, 2019 and be able to say this:

“I know exactly what I need to do to connect authentically with my ideal audience. I have committed to myself and my creative work, and I have a clear plan. This year is going to be a banner year for me. I have made my creative shift, and now I’m going to live up to it.”


Your Creative Shift is a Commitment:


To Yourself: When you sign up, this is a commitment to yourself. You are committing to take action in moving forward with your writing and creative work. You are promising to making the creative shift you dream about. Because of this, there are no refunds for any reason.


To Be Supported By Others: When you sign up, you are admitting that you want to work with other like-minded writers and creators. You will not sit quietly on the sidelines, you will get in the game and take action. In return, you will create strong collaborations with others in the group!


To Engage With Me Directly: When you sign up, you will hear from me every day via the videos I share and advice I take you through, and with my responses to your questions in making your creative shift. I’m present in the Mastermind every day. You don’t have to be there every day, but I’ll be there waiting, in the trenches with you with mud on my boots.

Want more details? Let me take you through the purpose of the Creative Shift Mastermind:

The Creative Shift Mastermind is like having a personal CREATIVE trainer show up at your door every single day.

How This Works

This is how the Creative Shift Mastermind works:

  1. When you register you will be given the syllabus so that you have a clear picture of how the entire three month program works. You will also receive a questionnaire from me so that I can immediately begin personalizing things for you.
  2. We use a private shared online workspace that you will be given access to. Most of our communications are text-based, so you don’t have to show up anywhere at any specific time. The Mastermind is there for you when you need it, and it disappears when you don’t!
  3. Every single weekday I record a brand new video for you and the group. These videos walk you through the exercises in the Creative Shift program, and answer your questions directly.
  4. You will have your very own channel in the Mastermind where you can share updates, ask me and others questions, and where we show up to support you.
  5. Every Monday I post a new topic for that week. I lead you step-by-step through the program. You can spend as little as 1-2 hours per week on the Mastermind, or as much as you like. There is no wrong way to engage with us, and I will share many tips on how you can get the most out of the Mastermind.

The next session begins October 1, 2018. The price is $297 per month with a three month commitment. If you are a writer or artist seeking to expand your audience through your own creativity, I encourage you to join us:

Plus: Goodies!

When you register for the Mastermind, you will have the option to receive a free package in the mail, filled with guides and worksheets we can work through at various stages of the program. Included is a print copy of my book, Be the Gateway.

(Note: All participants will also receive a digital copy of all worksheets. The physical mailer is available to participants in the United States only. Sorry! International participants will receive all of this digitally.)


The Mastermind is one of the most powerful things I have ever offered — the feedback from folks who joined me have been off the charts amazing. They have found renewed clarity in their creative work, and a solid roadmap for moving forward.

JR-author-introa1“I’m telling you, these Masterminders are a generous and creative and supportive group. And that Dan Blank is generous and helpful beyond the beyond.”
–– Judy Reeves

gHSl7w0a“There are so many layers of emotional and creative spirit in this group. I can feel positive momentum building.”
— Mary McFarland

JackSchaeffer“Dan promised me collaboration when I signed up for this group. I had my doubts, but not anymore. Being a part of the the Mastermind group has brought so much clarity (and simplicity) to my creative work.”
–– Jack Schaeffer

Rupert Davies-Cooke“Dan’s Mastermind group is a safe haven for creators and writers. Dan and my fellow Mastermind participants helped me define the direction for my writing and reach more readers through my website, blog and social media. I recommend this group to anyone looking for support and direction in their creative projects.”
-— Rupert Davies-Cooke

Maya Rushing Walker“WOW. I’m really blown away (seriously, not exaggerating) by the kind, helpful responses in this group. When I signed up, I had wondered if I was doing the right thing by joining this Mastermind –– I was afraid I wasn’t really ready for the step. But now I see that this is exactly what I needed.”
—- Maya Rushing Walker

CatheyNickell“I believe that Dan Blank has created MAGIC here. This group has held me accountable to making a positive change in my creative work — I have never been a part of something this powerful before!”
—- Cathey Nickell

Screen Shot 2016-06-15 at 6.34.01 PM“This Mastermind has given me a sense of direction with the business side of my writing that I’ve never had before.”
—- Dawn Downey

Cari Flory“This Mastermind is building camaraderie with like-minded people for the first time in my life. I have never felt so alive. I can’t even explain it. Even with all my past successes nothing has brought me as much fulfillment as this group and each individual in it.”
— Cari Flory

“Dan Blank heads the best Mastermind I’ve ever attended. That’s why I’ve participated in three of them! Dan knows what it’s like to dig deep into the creative trenches. He’s also kind and wise and real with a great sense of humor. I loved knowing I could sit with him for 10 minutes daily while drinking my cup of coffee and come away clear about goals and inspired about my work. Often, it was the only 10 minutes that I was feeding myself instead of expending energy. You have a question, he’s got the answer. In the Mastermind, I’ve also connected with many other amazing artists and writers that I know will be part of my life for a long time. Dan has taken me from the beginning of a publishing process to the end of my publicity tour. Thank you, Dan!”
— Kathryn Ramsperger

“To say I’m grateful to Dan for his guidance, insights and support would be an understatement! Joining Dan’s Mastermind was the best decision I could have made. He helped me break down my big creative goals into one small action step at a time.”
— Irene Buchine

“Dan puts his own advice into action and serves as a great example of what it looks like to live as a creative professional. He’s super passionate about this work and it’s obvious in the way he shows up. He’s got a lot of helpful information to share and does it in a clear, friendly, insightful way. He didn’t just spout best practices, but helped me get to the ‘why’ behind it all.”
— Tammy Letherer

“One of the best investments I’ve made in my creative business is participating in Dan’s Mastermind. He is open, accessible, and enthusiastically shares his wealth of knowledge and insights every day. If you’re ready to take your creative business to the next level, working with Dan is a fantastic way to do it.”
— Pam Laricchia

“The three months I spent with Dan Blank and other creatives in his Mastermind were inspiring and eye-opening. Because of Dan, I’ve shifted my thinking about creating, marketing, and prioritizing what’s important in my life. I looked forward to his daily videos because of their positive messages and valuable information. I highly recommend Dan’s Mastermind — it’s well-worth the investment.”
— Kristin Oakley

“Dan Blank is a skilled midwife for writers and artists with creative ideas growing inside that are pushing to be born. Yes, it feels scary. But Dan knows how to guide you through the birth process and share the joy of helping your new creation come to life.”
— Anne Grant

“Dan’s Mastermind has made reaching my dreams possible. I might not have taken action on writing my novel or selling my art if it weren’t for Dan showing me the way in both practical and inspiring ways, day in and day out. He leads by example. I’m in awe of how much I’ve accomplished under his guidance and gathering of creative individuals.”
— Heather Keyser

“Dan’s encouragement and insights helped me to change my approach to connecting with my readers and my community. He helped me stay true to my values and my self.”
— KJ Dell’Antonia

“Participating in Dan’s Mastermind gave me the time and focus I needed to make my creative shift. Thanks, Dan.”
— Melinda Hammond

“The Mastermind is a unique participant-centered approach to pursuing your creative goals with honest, expert guidance from Dan and the other participants. Thoroughly recommended!”
— Brian Hetherington

Jan O'Hara“Dan’s Mastermind helped me look at the world, and my creative work, with an experimental mindset.”
— Jan O’Hara

Anny Rusk“I keep coming back to the Mastermind because like a functional medicine doctor, Dan ‘treats’ the whole person! He’s the only ‘marketing’ guy I know who takes a wholistic approach to his clients. Dan understands that mental and physical health, as well as mindset, are critical underpinnings for any kind of success! In addition, he’s willing to constantly evolve his mindset and beliefs about how to reach an audience. His forward momentum fuels my own forward momentum! Not many creatives I know actually enjoy marketing. But now I do.”
– Anny Rusk

Greta Holt“Dan Blank’s knowledge and generosity are remarkable. I benefited from his insistence upon clarity and focus of mission. The Mastermind group moved forward by leaps and bounds, sharing progress and aiding each other.”
– Greta Holt

“The Mastermind with Dan was a great experience. I felt very supported not only by him but also by my fellow masterminders. I saw that we all go through similar ups and downs, successes and challenges, and I learned a lot about resilience and perseverance. Dan’s instance on clarity, goal-setting and weekly assessments was crucial to keep making gains. Dan tailored the videos to the ongoing conversations, which made the content feel fresh and alive. I came out of the Mastermind with much more clarity about the next step in my creative journey, and a better idea on how to create and maintain an authentic voice in social media. I also forged strong connections with other writers.”
– Isidra Mencos

“In each of the last two Mastermind sessions I have gone through profound creative growth. I learned new things about myself, making experiential, intellectual and emotional connections that surprised me and enriched me. That’s the secret power that Dan’s Mastermind unleashes. Of course, you need the right triggers and trusted collaborators for it to work, and Dan is a master weaver of collaboration. Magic occurs in the Mastermind.”
– Simon Maple

“I thought I’d signed up for the Mastermind to get my career back on track. Seems like we’ve delved into getting my whole life onto a better track.”
– Kimberli Bindschatel


Susan Davenport“The three months I spent in Dan’s Mastermind were amazing. I came out of the Mastermind with a better understanding of myself, my readers, and how to achieve my goals. Plus, I met some wonderful new friends. I highly recommend Dan’s Mastermind.”
– Susan Davenport

Barbara Boyd“I am inspired by the amazing folks in this Mastermind. The adage that you become who you hang out with is true and I can become a better writer and creative person by spending time with this group. This Mastermind is far more than I imagined it could be.”
– Barbara Boyd

Diane Gottlieb“The Mastermind provides a safe place to learn and grow. The community that Dan and the members create together is extremely supportive. It is a space to ask questions, brainstorm, and learn as you witness others going through their own creative process. I highly recommend the Mastermind to anyone looking for a place to connect with other creatives and looking to move forward in their creative endeavors!”
– Diane Gottlieb

Sheila Athens“Dan provides one of the few places where the conversation revolves around topics of huge importance to me–creativity, risk-taking, crafting a creative life, working on our art on a consistent basis, connecting with others through our art, making money as a creative, etc. It’s like he has created an oasis for those of us who crave these conversations and who need this information.”
– Sheila Athens

Nicky Mendenhall“The Mastermind experience is more than I hoped for and wonderful in so many ways. I am learning and growing and – most important of all – WRITING which was really my main goal. My blog is more focused, I enjoy writing it, and I am busy with a memoir!”
– Nicky Mendenhall

“Since taking several of Dan Blank’s Masterminds, I have published my debut novel, won awards, sent my second novel to my editor, hosted a scholarship, and made over sixty close creative friends. I am now a career novelist. It boggles my mind to say so because I talked about being an author for decades. Decades! Now I can walk my talk like Dan. I wish every creative person would do a Mastermind and make their someday this day.”
– Teri Case

Oh, and we are going to have FUN doing it all!

The next session begins October 1, 2018. The price is $297 per month with a three month commitment. If you are a writer or artist seeking to expand your audience through your own creativity, I encourage you to join us:

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the Mastermind an online ‘course’ or ‘class’?

No. The problem I have found with most online courses is that you are basically buying content (videos and text) and are left to struggle on your own. Instead, the Creative Shift Mastermind is a structured engagement with me and 10 or so other writers and artists.

I provide the framework, the process, the worksheets, the prompts, but we work through them together. It is your choice how much you want to share, but the purpose to discuss your process, inspiration and what holds you back. Working through your process leads to clarity, and eventually to reaching your audience in a way that feels authentic and meaningful.

What technology do I need in order to access the Mastermind?

The main tool to access the Creative Shift Mastermind is Slack, which is sort of like a group instant messaging platform. Slack is a free app you can access in three ways:

  • Download the app on your computer or tablet.
  • View via web browser.
  • Access the app on your phone.

When you join the Mastermind, my team and I walk you through accessing and using Slack. The Mastermind has been hosted through this platform for years, and regardless of technical skills or lack thereof, every participant has become comfortable with Slack very quickly. It is simple and easy to use. You can learn more about Slack here: https://slack.com.

That’s it! Within Slack, I share worksheets, videos, and offer feedback every day. Participants can comment, post updates, ask questions, and engage with other writers and artists in the Mastermind.

Are there any days or times I have to show up live for anything?

Nope! The Creative Shift Mastermind happens entirely online, and on your schedule. You have a full and busy life, which is why I spent years honing the Mastermind so you can access it when and where you want to.

I post videos each morning and am responding to conversations throughout the day, so I can respond to messages posted by Mastermind members on their schedule, not mine.

There are no scheduled calls or specific days/times you need to be in a meeting or online.

In terms of scheduling, what does a typical week in the Mastermind look like?

The Mastermind generally follows this schedule:

  • On Monday’s I post a topic for the week via a 10 minute video.
  • Throughout the week, I post additional 10 minute videos each day based upon feedback and comments.
  • Each day, which we have text-based discussions in various channels in the Mastermind. Here we work through your questions, your goals and your challenges. You can also engage with other writers and artists in the group.
  • Usually once per week I share a worksheet to help you work through that week’s topic.
  • At the end of each week I encourage you to post assessments of your week.

How much time per week will the Mastermind require?

I would encourage you to plan to spend a minimum of 1-2 hours per week on the work in the Mastermind. This, of course, does not include holidays, vacations, or other time off you need to take. Over the three-month period, I expect that there are some weeks that you will be away.

The goal of your engagement in the Mastermind is to move your work forward and make your own Creative Shift. At a minimum, I want you to:

  • Review the Monday video that I post.
  • Spend time during the week working on your focus for the Mastermind (doing your work) and sharing progress/questions in a channel that is created just for your work.
  • Posting an assessment at the end of each week (Friday, Saturday, or Sunday)
  • Watching other videos posted that week as you can.

Although daily check-ins are not required for the Mastermind, I encourage you to pop in on weekdays. I’m there every day!

What about vacations and holidays I have already scheduled?

The Creative Shift Mastermind takes place over the course of 3 months. Because of this, I expect that you may be away for a week here or there for vacations, holidays, and other obligations.

Members of the Mastermind will simply flag this ahead of time, and I can help ensure that you don’t feel you are ever “falling behind.” It is common for someone to take a week off here or there.

Likewise, on weeks where there are holidays, I am still present in the Mastermind every single day, but I do not expect you to be. I respect that each of us needs to take time to attend to other important facets of our lives, and I adjust the Mastermind accordingly.