The School of Bravery

a learning lab for creative visionaries

Your constraints can help you create a better life. 


Hi! My name is Emily Ann Peterson. I'm a songwriter, creative consultant, and bestselling author of the book Bare Naked Bravery: How to Be Creatively Courageous

~5 years ago I received a terrifying diagnosis - an essential tremor in my right hand. The disease is degenerative, hereditary, neurological and it threatened my existence as a functioning human being. For a full-time cello player & teacher (who did marketing consulting occasionally) this felt like a death sentence.

In a very scary way, I became my own freak out symphony. My diagnosis threatened everything: my profitability as business owner, my livelihood, my creative expression, my ability to pay bills, and especially my identity as a productive member of society.

There was a tragic amount of grieving, struggle, and failure after my diagnosis. It was, what I now call, a "Season of Bravery."

I learned the hard way that a lifestyle and a business should work for me, not against me. I found a new and better (not even kidding! yes, better!!!) definition of productivity. I also found a new level profitability. I did it all in the midst of grief, depression, and epic amounts of transition. 

Then last year, after a LOT of unnecessary exhaustion and napping, I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism too. (!?!!) Rather than shake my fist at the sky, I perfected some snazzy tricks. I used my new unique constraints again to modify my lifestyle and a business to work for me, not against me.

Fortunately, you don't have to learn the hard way.


The School of Bravery

a learning lab for creative visionaries


Students are:

lovers of creativity, writing, and music

business owners, executives, freelancers

professional & amateur creatives

with a desire to:

find the courage to act on their calling

prepare for a “Season of Bravery”

dive deep into a well of inner strength

Some students have internal constraints, like:

life-altering chronic illnesses (ex: hypothyroidism or tremors)

mental health factors (ex: depression or anxiety)

mindset challenges (ex: imposter's syndrome)

and/or external constraints, like:

abnormal markets or new industries

industry changes (ex: recent lay-offs)

lifestyle challenges (ex: full-time travel or divorce)

a brand new product/child/job

Our work together looks like:

creative consulting

business mentorship

audience strategy

lifestyle coaching

Note: If you're reading this, your life and business as you knew it has changed or is changing drastically. You are NOT a victim of these challenges. In the midst of all your limitations, it IS possible to create a new and better paradigm for your life, business, or career.

The world is waiting for your bravery.

It's time to thrive.

Meet Your Teacher

Emily Ann Peterson is a singer-songwriter, creative consultant, and #1 bestselling author of the book Bare Naked Bravery: How to Be Creatively Courageous. She's best known by her fans, clients, and students for her uncanny ability to melt down difficult, throat-clenching stories and challenges into easy, step-by-step breaths of fresh air.

Proof she uses constraints like a machete and fear like a lawn mower:

  • Fortune500 companies and tech startups hire her as a consultant.
  • She has a degree in business management with an emphasis in entrepreneurship.
  • As an eating disorder survivor, she has a Life PhD in navigating first impressions and bravery.
  • She has over a decade of experience as a successful business owner.
  • Songwriting gives her super sharp word-smithing skills.
  • She cuts through the nonsense with a smile. 
  • Her consulting clients will tell you she's the best thing that's ever happened to their businesses. 

The Core Curriculum

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Twice Monthly Masterclasses

Each month we dive deep into one of the 12 ingredients of bravery. The specific class topic is voted upon by students.*

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Weekly Office Hours

Send Emily Ann a question any time of day, any day of the week, via Voxer, the walkie talkie mobile app. She'll unpack ideas and solutions during the weekly office hours.

Bravery 101 Class

a 4-week class series on the basics of using your courage in creative ways. Four weeks of a 60-min class outlining the 12 ingredients of bravery. Each week with a simple, daily, bravery building homework assignment.

Don't Miss Out!

The upcoming masterclasses are not to be missed!

*All school-wide events are hosted online via Zoom.

Replays are available for 30 days before going into the School Archives.

Live attendance is strongly encouraged & highly beneficial.


For V.I.P. Students Only

VIP students commit to an intensive 4-month experience. During this time, you'll receive:


6 Weekly Private 1:1 Sessions

conquer complicated tasks and problems by meeting with Emily Ann on a monthly basis

8 Group Masterclasses

featuring topics voted on by yourself and other students

Weekly Office Hours

Receive unlimited additional support via Voxer during Office Hours

Bravery 101 Workshop

a 4-week class series on the basics of using your courage in creative ways. 

School Archives

access ALL the replay videos of previous masterclasses for the duration of your student status

Podcast Interview

practice your bravery by telling your story via an interview on the Bare Naked Bravery podcast! 

Extracurricular Bonuses

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a copy of the audiobook version of Bare Naked Bravery: How to Be Creatively Courageous

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Patron Library

Access all unreleased songs, poetry and other items in Emily Ann's patron library.


Guest Lectures & Interviews

Outside experts are known to pop up for an interview or lecture on their area of expertise.


The School of Bravery

There are 2 student experiences available, both have limited spots available.

Core Student


per month, for at least 4 months

2 Masterclasses

Weekly Office Hours

Bravery 101 Workshop

30-Day Video Replays


Extracurricular Bonuses

($1,100+/mo value!)

VIP Student


per month, for at least 4 months

6 Private 1:1 Sessions

Masterclass Replay Archive Access


2 Masterclasses

Weekly Office Hours

Bravery 101 Workshop


Extracurricular Bonuses

(only 10 VIP seats available at a time)

a la carte options

Private Creative Consulting & Coaching

6 sessions: $1200

1 session: $120

Bravery 101 Course

$150 one time

Patron Library


Office Hours Coaching


Masterclass Replays



Questions? Let's talk! Send an email to hi@emilyannpeterson.com

Students & Clients are saying...


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 ...after Erin Mae attended the  Picking Your Price  Masterclass!

...after Erin Mae attended the Picking Your Price Masterclass!

 from an Office Hours exchange, after asking for feedback on a new product launch and getting  heaps  of help in response!

from an Office Hours exchange, after asking for feedback on a new product launch and getting heaps of help in response!

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Bravery has many faces. It peeks out from under the covers of circumstances and wants to be seen, but fear chokes out our brave parts. Fear grabs us by the heart and mind and tells us lies that are easily believed. It’s a blanket that wraps itself around us and holds on tightly. Fear won’t let bravery shine.

Sometimes we need help to pull away the covering of fear and find the courage to be brave and sometimes that help is a person: Emily Ann is that one.

Bravery begins one step at a time. As it’s given the soil of courage and understanding, bravery blooms inside us and becomes large enough to walk under. I needed help to do that, and if you do too, this is the place to start. You can discover the gift hiding inside you just waiting to be uncovered.

Bravery can be learned. Here’s a chance to discover how.
— Janet Haney, author & business owner
Emily Ann is a breath of fresh air and is always full of new ideas. She is multifaceted when it comes to her talents. I believe her magic formula is that she is a musician and a songwriter. Emily Ann knows how to craft her message through her music and her creativity and then transform it to a marketing plan or a brand. Those talents are extremely helpful when it comes to creating your brand, copy or content for your audience. Not only is she creative but she is also able to look at your business and help you become very systematized which helps your clients’ user experience.

Emily Ann has helped me tremendously when it comes to presenting my message in a very clear and concise way that my audience will understand, in a way that they like and they want to come back. I know that my brand would not be consistent throughout all the areas of my business if it was not for Emily Ann’s unique eye. I am grateful for her talents and of course our time together.
— Alexandra Harbushka, founder of LifeWithHerpes.com
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Emily Ann, you’re amazing!

I learned so much and have literally wasted thousands and thousands on other online courses which made so many promises that were not kept. I learned more truly impactful ways to improve my business in an hour with you than I have with others over the course of several months!

You know your stuff inside and out and provide a truly customized experience with a business owner’s specific needs. I came away with ideas to tweak what I’m doing that will have a financial impact on my business. Emily Ann is easy and fun to talk to all while getting straight down to business!

— Jennifer Ballard, founder of JLN Cosmetics
As a songwriter, fundraising your next album on Kickstarter is a brave thing.... but in less than 15 minutes Emily Ann made me realize why consultants exist!

She reviewed the pre-launch of my Kickstarter page, explained what worked and why, and constructively helped me rearrange, reword, and prioritize my content and layout, all the while explaining in an encouraging and clear manner.

Working with Emily Ann exceeded my expectations and beyond. She not only improved my project tenfold, but made me excited and confident before the launch. It’s been incredibly helpful to have her expertise, support, and valuable feedback!
— Mia Rose Lynne, songwriter & actress
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