The Creativity Workshop

Using the Tools of Creative Writing, Memoir, Art, Photography, Storytelling and Mindfulness

The Creativity Workshop In Malta

The Creativity Workshop In Malta

The Creativity Workshop in Malta is not scheduled this year.
Please see our Calendar for our current schedule.

The Creativity Workshop in Malta will help you become more creative in your personal and professional life. We use many techniques in creative writing memoir, art, photography, storytelling, mapmaking, mindfulness and guided visualization to help you explore your inner creativity.

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What Will You Learn?

The Creativity Workshop is an experiential course of doing and experimenting. Our exercises and instructors’ talks focus on helping you learn practical techniques to stimulate your imagination and innovative thinking.

  • Explore the process of creativity, rather than simply focusing on the product.
  • Discover how to find inspiration in the world around you.
  • Get over creative blocks and the fear of failure.
  • Work with many different mediums to develop your creativity in your chosen field.
  • Use your memories to trigger your imagination.
  • Engage your curiosity every day and make it work for you.
  • Establish a 15 minute a day creativity practice to accomplish your goals after the Workshop ends.
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Why Malta?

Traveling outside your own culture is known to be one of the greatest ways to awaken creativity and self-discovery. Some countries have elements we look for to achieve this. We have chosen the island nation of Malta because it is a stimulating crossroads of cultures, architectures, art, music, green countryside and an aquamarine sea. You can choose to be quiet here or go dancing all night.

  • Malta is an overlooked gem of the Mediterranean and an inspiring place to wander, reflect, write, draw, renew yourself, and interact with the local culture and its amazing 6,000 years of history.
    After class each day, you can explore the town of Valletta and neighboring villages.
  • You will find some of the finest Caravaggio paintings in the golden Baroque cathedral, an archaeological museum of Malta’s earliest inhabitants, the Knights of Malta’s original Crusader hospital and weekly craft fairs and fish markets. You can explore some of the most beautiful sea coves, beaches and rock formations.
  • Malta has a great and unique cuisine, a blend of Italian, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern, and a vibrant night life, as well as classical concerts and street singers.
  • A photographer’s heaven, a writer’s dream as cafes abound. Neolithic ruins, Venetian balconies, Moorish details and an emerald green countryside
  • The medieval town of Medina referred to as the “Silent City”. There are no cars, and you can walk its narrow streets and alleyways with Norman and Baroque houses and palaces.
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Daily Schedule

Some exercises are done individually while others are collaborative. Here is a day by day schedule:

Day 1:

Introduction to the hows and whys of The Creativity Workshop.

Relaxation: Relaxation techniques to help your imagination flow.

Guided Visualization: Calling forth the vocabulary of your imagination using the myth of the hero’s journey as a framework.

Automatic Drawing: Finding our hidden imagery.

Show and Tell: Retrieving and sharing childhood memories to spark new ideas. This exercise will sharpen your storytelling skills.

Instructors’ talk: How some famous writers, scientists, and artists found their inspiration, and how you can use some of their methods to find yours.

Day 2:

Mapmaking: Mapmaking as a way to find, chart, and communicate your creative process and projects.

Automatic Writing: How automatic writing (also known as “free writing”) can help you create in new and surprising ways. How you can use automatic writing to outrun your inner judge, get over creative blocks, and discover new ways of developing and editing written work. How alternating between writing and drawing can help you develop creative flexibility and mental dexterity.

The Interview: Listening to and experiencing a life outside your own. How listening is as important as doing in creative work.

Writing in Cafes: an exercise that will continue to take place over the next 2 days.

Instructors’ talks may include:

  • How to do ongoing creative work in short modules of time.
  • How to use luck and coincidence to jump-start creative projects.

Day 3:

Letter Writing: Letter writing as a way to express voice, character, and audience.

Miniature Worlds: Storytelling with found objects.

Writing in Groups: How writing and/or drawing with others can stimulate your imagination and expand your point of view.

Instructors’ talks may include:

  • The importance of play in creative work.
  • Valuing creative process over product.
  • How to do ongoing creative work in short modules of time.
  • How to use luck and coincidence to jumpstart creative projects.

Day 4:

The Myth of the Other: Imagining yourself living a parallel life. What would you do that you aren’t doing now?

Trips to the Past: Using a foreign environment to invoke memory and inspire transformation.

The Close-Up: Using photography and drawing to focus on details and change the way we see.

Instructors’ talks may include:

  • Following your innate creativity and listening to its intuition.
  • How to rekindle fearless imagination.
  • The Power of the Magic phrase: “What If”.

Day 5:

The Legend of the Hand.

Cafe exercise: Writing, drawing, photographing about people you find in local cafes.

The Sand Mandala: A collaborative exercise in combining mediums and perspectives.

Instructors’ talks may include:

  • The Gift of the Amateur.
  • Creativity is a Muscle: Use it or Lose it.
  • Making your home and work environments inspiring.
  • How to stay creative after The Creativity Workshop ends.
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