- Learn practical techniques to ignite your creativity, imagination, and unique writing style
- Find new sources of inspiration in everyday life
- Get over writer’s block and paralyzing self-criticism
- Establish a daily writing practice that is productive and fun
Writing Workshops Focusing on the Creative Process and International Travel
In our creative writing classes you will generate brand new work and discover new material for any works-in-process you are creating. We will teach you exercises that will help you gain confidence in your writing and a greater awareness of what your unique creative process needs to flourish.
We use many different techniques to help you on your writer’s journey. You will be doing free writing, writing from guided visualizations, collaborative writing, journaling and memoir and even some drawing, photography, and mindfulness.
Many writers have credited writing their first books, scripts, and memoirs to taking our interdisciplinary writing course.
A Brand New Set of Writing Tools
In this process oriented workshop you will be doing free writing, writing from guided visualizations, collaborative writing, journaling and memoir work and even some rudimentary drawing, collage and photography. The atmosphere in our workshops is nurturing, inspiring, and fun.
Keeping your writing Infused with Life
Why do we alternate between writing, visual and oral exercises, and mindfulness in our workshops? In short, because it frees up your writing and reminds you to play!
Neuropsychology proves that using these different mediums stimulates different parts of our brain and therefore changes how we experience life.
We believe that getting away from words for a few moments and into a bit of art, meditation and oral storytelling widens your perception and deepens your literary expression. Creativity delights in surprise and when the brain is leaping from literary to visual to visceral perception and back again, your writing thrives.
The tools we provide will help you outrun the inner critic that doesn’t give your imagination a moment’s rest. The great composer John Cage said: “creating and analyzing can’t happen simultaneously.” Our workshop will focus you on listening to and following your creative voice and intuition and prime you to be receptive to the inspiration all around you. You will discover many unexplored images and themes you want to write about. Most importantly, because our workshops are so full of play, you will find yourself absorbed in the sheer joy of writing.
Share with people from all over the world
A typical Workshop will include participants from all over the world and from many disciplines with one thing in common–the love of the process of creative work.
Class time is a combination of teachers’ talks, individual exercises, and group work. The atmosphere in our creativity writing classes is nurturing, motivating and fun. Many people have found The Creativity Workshop to be a life-changing experience.Writers have credited their first books, scripts, and memoirs to working with us.
Many have said the workshop brought them back to their love of writing. Shelley Berc, co-instructor and director of The Creativity Workshop, has a great deal of experience teaching how to overcome writer’s block. She is both a novelist and playwright and was a professor in the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program and Playwrights Workshop for many years..