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, and guided visualization to accomplish this.
- Participants come from many different countries and professional fields, including business, education, psychology, the sciences, and the arts.
- Many people who have taken the Workshop say that it was a transformative experience, helping them to write their books, start new companies, complete long overdue projects, transition to rewarding retirements, and change the way they look at life.
- Many people who have taken the Workshop say that our creativity classes were a transformative experience, helping them to write their books, start new companies,
complete long overdue projects, transition to rewarding retirements, and change the way they look at life.
- All our New York workshops will take place at 249 West 60th Street, New York, NY 10023, located in Midtown Manhattan from 10 AM to 1 PM each day.
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.
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.
(Order and kinds of exercises and instructors’ talks may vary. Some exercises are done individually while others are collaborative.)
- 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 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.
- 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.
- 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
- How to use luck and coincidence to jump-start creative
Guided Visualization: Letter writing as a way to express voice, character, and audience.
Miniature Worlds: Storytelling with found objects.
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.
Guided Visualization: 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.
Hotel Suggestions in New York
We do not offer hotel packages for our New York City workshops.
Low Budget Hotels
Not all of these low budget hotels are within walking distance to where the workshop is held. Prices may vary depending on seasons and availability.
332 W 23rd St
YMCA New York
224 East 47th St
Bowery’s Whitehouse Hotel of NY
Educational Housing Services
31 Lexington Ave
Aladdin Hotel and Hostel
230 West 54th St
Big Apple Hostel
119 West 45th St
Chelsea International Hostel
251 West 20th St
7 East 27th St
36 West 106th St
Central Park Hostel & Inn
19 West 103rd Street
“Happy to report that I am working hard and productively, and I do credit The Creativity Workshop with helping me turn a corner, so infinite thanks again.”
“The Creativity Workshop changed me forever and moved me forward in managing my companies. The Creativity Workshop is far above all the other creative seminars I’ve taken
in its inspiration, positive spirit, and techniques for nurturing creativity. This workshop is important for anyone who wants to develop their creativity in their personal or business life.”