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Each day The Creativity Workshop in Amsterdam will meet for approximately
3½ hours. We will explore ways to expand our creativity through
a series of exercises including guided visualizations, creative
writing, memoir, oral storytelling, automatic writing, map making,
photography, collage, and free-form drawing. Many of the exercises
are focused on the helping you see and absorb this remarkable
What Will You Learn?
The Creativity Workshop is an experiential workshop
of doing and experimenting. Our exercises and instructors’ talks
focus on helping you:
More on What You Will Learn
- 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 medium more deeply.
- 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.
Here is a sampling of just some of the exercises
and techniques we will be working with in class. Participants
tell us the time in workshop seems to fly by. The order and kinds
of exercises and the instructors' talks may vary. Some exercises
are done individually while others are collaborative.
- Time for you to settle in and relax.
First day of workshop
More on Daily Schedule
- Introduction to the hows and whys of The Creativity Workshop.
- Relaxation: Exercises in 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 Writing and Drawing: Finding
your hidden imagery.
- Show and Tell: Retrieving and sharing childhood
memories to spark new ideas. This exercise will sharpen your
- Instructors' talk: How some famous writers,
scientists, and artists found their inspiration, and how you
can use some of their methods to find yours.
Second day of workshop:
- Guided Visualization: Mapmaking as a
way to find, chart, and communicate your creative process
- 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.
Third day of workshop:
- Guided visualization: Letter writing
as a way to express voice, character, and audience.
- Miniature Theatre: Storytelling with
- Automatic Writing: 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
- How to use luck and coincidence to jump-start creative
Fourth day of workshop:
Fifth day of workshop:
- Guided Visualization: The Myth of the
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
- How to rekindle fearless imagination
- The Power of the Magic phrase: “What If”
- Guided Visualization: The Legend of the
- Automatic Writing and Drawing continues
with a new twist.
- Cafe Exercise: Writing about, drawing, and photographing people you find in local cafes.
- The Illuminated Manuscript: A collaborative
exercise in combining mediums and perspectives.
- Instructors' talk 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