Time, accountability and quiet
for whatever you’ve been putting off

Side Project Sessions Melbourne

Self-doubt, procrastination, not enough time, needing to do the laundry – there are plenty of blocks to starting your side project, creative idea, or even that bunch of life-admin that continues to fall to the bottom of the to do list.

Side Project Sessions offers an antidote: time, accountability and quiet to help you do the task you’ve been putting off, big or small.

From Melbourne, Australia to Ohio, USA, the growing event series offers distraction-free time and a pleasant environment to quietly chip away at your project with like-minded creatives by your side.

Find out more→  

Receive updates

Side Project Sessions is growing! Sign up to the guest list
in your city to find out about upcoming events. 

View upcoming events 

Find upcoming events and schedule time in your calendar to take action and register for an event near you.


A space for whatever you’re putting off

You don’t have to have a fully-fledged side project – the event series is about creating time for anything you’re putting off, big or small. Some things people have brought along to work on during the sessions have included:

  • Novels

  • Emails

  • CVs and resignation letters

  • Life admin!

  • PhDs and study

  • Tending to Bonsai plants!

  • Catching up on reading

  • Photography editing

  • Wedding planning

  • Illustration projects

  • Comics

  • Blogs

  • And much, much more!


Need a project companion?

The ‘peer-pressured productivity’ model used in the events is just one of the many tools and tips creator Madeleine Dore has gathered over years of interviewing extraordinary creatives.

If you have a project that requires one-on-one focus, or simply need help navigating the next step in your work, Madeleine offers personalised sessions to help you identify your major sticking points, make a plan, and most importantly take action – all while having a supportive companion to keep you accountable!

Book a session →


Words from the community


"I did more on my side project than I have in a year!"
– Mollie, Melbourne attendee

“I would have checked my phone a million times if I was working at home.” – Sonya, Canberra attendee


“There is a magic to this accountability space that Madeleine expertly conducts... So many riches from one morning." – Victoria, Melbourne attendee

“It's so impressive how addictive it can become waiting for that bell to go off and making sure you feel satisfied that you got enough done during the session." – Amelia, Melbourne attendee


“Side Project Sessions has been a wonderful discovery – working alongside other creatives, being held accountable, setting time aside time for my work and committing to it. I’ve been so productive in the sessions and they’ve helped me to understand my work patterns.” – Bethany, Melbourne attendee

Want to start a chapter?

We are currently accepting expressions of interest for hosts in new cities!

Introduce yourself via the expression of interest form and tell us more about your experience and vision for building a community.