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The Creativity Workshop Reading List

The Creativity Workshop Reading List

by Shelley Berc and Alejandro Fogel

Abram, David: The Spell of the Sensuous

Allen, Catherine and Nancy Bearg: An All Inclusive Guide to Money, Life, and Health in Your Next Chapter

Applewhite, Ashton: This Chair Rocks

Arrowsmith-Young, Barbara: The Woman Who Changed Her Brain

Auster, Paul: The Invention of Solitude

Bachelard, Gaston: The Poetics of Space

Berc, Shelley: The Shape of Wilderness

Bohm, David: On Creativity

Butler, Robert Olen: From Where You Dream: The Process of Writing Fiction

Breton, Andre: Surrealist Manifesto

Bryson, Bill: A Short History of Nearly Everything

Cain, Susan: Quiet: The Power of Introverts

Carr, Nicholas: The Shallows

Cage, John: Silence: Lectures and Writings

Cameron, Julia: It’s Never too Late to Start Again

Campbell, Joseph: The Hero of a Thousand Faces

Campbell, Joseph: Myths to Live By

Currey, Mason: Daily Rituals: How Artists Work

Curtis, Gregory: The Cave Painters: Probing the Mysteries of the World’s First Artists

Da Vinci, Leonardo: Notebooks

Damasio, Antonio: Descartes’ Error

Doidge, Norman: The Brain that Changes Itself

Doidge, Norman: The Brain’s Way of Healing: Discoveries and Recoveries from the Frontiers of Neuroplasticity

Dufu, Tiffany: Drop the Ball

Eliade, Mircea: The Myth of the Eternal Return

Fogel, Alejandro: Coaching Che Guevara

Garcia Marquez, Gabriel: One hundred Years of Solitude

Gertner, Jon: The Idea Factory

Gladwell, Malcolm: Blink

Gladwell, Malcolm: The Tipping Point

Goldberg, Nathalie: Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within

Hamblyn, Richard: The Art of Science: A Natural History of Ideas

Hyde, Lewis: Trickster Makes This World: Mischief, Myth, and Art

Hyde, Lewis: The Gift: Imagination and the Erotic Life of Property

Hillman, James: Blue Fire

Isaacson, Walter: Steve Jobs

Johnson, Steven: Emergence

Johnson, Steven: How We Got to Now: six innovations that made the modern world

Johnson, Steven: Wonderland: how play made the modern world

Jung, Carl: Memories, Dreams and Reflections

Jung, Carl: The Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious

King, Ross: Brunelleschi’s Dome: How a Renaissance Genius Reinvented Architecture

Koestler, Arthur: The Sleepwalkers: A History of Man’s Changing Vision of the Universe

Klein, Naomi: No Logo

Klein, Stefan: Leonardo’s Legacy: How Da Vinci Reimagined the World

Kurzweil, Ray: The Singularity is Near

Langer, Ellen J.: Counter Clockwise

Langer, Ellen J.: On Becoming an Artist

Liu, Eric and Scott Noppe-Brandon: Imagination First: Unlocking the Power of Possibility

McGilchrist, Iain: The Master and His Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World

Maitland, Sara: The Writer’s Way: Realise Your Creative Potential

Maso, Carole: Break Every Rule

Melville, Herman: Moby Dick

Miller, Arthur: Einstein, Picasso: Space, Time, and the Beauty That Causes Havoc

Naperstek, Belle Ruth: Guided Imagery ((CDs and MP3s). guided visualizations tailored to everything you can think of!)

Pinkola Estes, Clarissa: Women who Run with the Wolves

Popova, Maria: Brain Pickings (a brilliantly curated site spotlighting books on ideas, innovation, philosophy, design, art and literature)

Rilke, Rainer Maria: Letters to a Young Poet

Robinson, Ken: Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative

Root-Bernstein, Robert and Michelle Root-Bernstein: Sparks of Genius: The Thirteen Thinking Tools of the World’s Most Creative People

Shlain, Leonard: Art and Physics

Singh, Kirpal: Thinking Hats and Coloured Turbans

Smith, Keri: How to Be an Explorer of the World: Portable Life Museum

Smith, Keri: The Pocket Scavenger

Stein, Gertrude: How to Write

Tharp, Twyla: The Creative Habit

Watson, Peter: Ideas

Woolf, Virginia: A Room of One’s Own

Pamela Boll
Writer, Artist, Documentary Director. Exec. Producer Oscar Winner Born in Brothels, Winchester, Ma
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