The Creativity Workshop

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


The Creativity Workshop in New York – March 15 – 18, 2019

The Creativity Workshop in New York

March 15 – 18, 2019

The Creativity Workshop in New York City 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 New York City?

Famous for its museums, cultural life, shopping, and restaurants, New York City is a great place to recharge your batteries and find inspiration.

  • Whether you want to visit art galleries, go to a dance performance, see a Broadway show, browse through one-of-a-kind shops, explore different neighborhoods, or simply people-watch and soak in the city’s unique energy, New York has something for everyone.
  • While the techniques we explore in our workshops will sharpen your appreciation of New York, the sounds and sights of this exhilarating city will also fuel your creativity in class.
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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:

Relaxation.

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”Â) 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.
Day 4:

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

The Sand Mandala: Making an Illuminated Manuscript.

Final Group Exercise.

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.

Location

The workshop will take place from 10 AM to 1 PM each day at IIL Institute for Learning 110 East 59th Street, 31st Floor, New York, NY 10022 (Midtown Manhattan).

Registration

$895

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Lee Anne Fahey
Award Winning Actress, New York, NY
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