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December 3 - 5, 2015   9 AM to 1 PM each day

The Creativity Workshop in Dubai

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Early registration: $100 off if you register by August 31, 2015.


Program Overview

  • The Creativity Workshop in Dubai will help you become more creative in your personal and professional life; the creativity training we provide uses the tools of creative writing, memoir, art, photography, storytelling, mapmaking, and guided visualization.
  • 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.

Program Details

  • The Creativity Workshop in Dubai meets for 3 days, 4 hours per day (from 9 AM to 1 PM). You will have the rest of the time to sightsee.
  • Class will take place in Dubai's Marina district at Marina Byblos Hotel, just a 5-minute walk from Jumeirah Beach.

Why Dubai?

  • This vibrant international city is a place of dynamic
    contrasts, where luxurious ultramodern malls, ancient marketplaces, pristine beaches, and vast deserts live side by side.
  • Opportunities for inspiration and discovery abound, whether you use your free time to visit traditional local handcrafters in nearby Sharjah, have a moonlight picnic in the desert, hunt for bargains in the local antiques and gold markets, or go skiing on the world's tallest indoor ski slope.
  • The techniques we explore in this course will sharpen your appreciation of Dubai and its surroundings, and the sounds and sights of this fascinating city will surely feed your creative work in class. For those attendees who are from Dubai, our creativity exercises will help you look at the city and your surroundings in a whole new way.

What Will You Learn?

The Creativity Workshop is an experiential workshop 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.

More on What You Will Learn
  • 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.

Daily Schedule

(Order and kinds of exercises and instructors' talks may vary. Some exercises are done individually while others are collaborative.)


Wednesday, December 2, 2015: Arrival. Free day

  • Time for you to settle in and relax.

Thursday, December 3: First day of workshop

  • 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 in abstract images.
  • Show and Tell: Retrieving and sharing childhood memories to spark new ideas. This exercise will sharpen your storytelling skills.
    The Interview: An exercise in listening, transposing, and transforming.
  • Instructors' talk: How some famous writers, scientists, and artists found their inspiration, and how you can use some of their methods to find yours.
    • The importance of play in creative work.
    • Valuing creative process over product.

More on Daily Schedule

Friday, December 4


  • Guided Visualization: Mapmaking as a way to find, chart, and communicate your creative process and projects.
  • Automatic/Free 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 outrunyour inner judge, get over creative blocks, and discover new ways of developing and editing written work. How alternating between writing and drawing canhelp you develop creative flexibility and mental dexterity.
    Miniature Theatre: Storytelling with found objects.
  • The Interview:
  • 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.


Saturday, December 5

  • Guided visualization: Letter writing as a way to express voice, character, and audience.
  • Automatic Writing: Writing in Groups. How writing and/or drawing with others can stimulate your imagination and expand your point of view.
    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 Exercise: Putting It All Together
  • 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.

Sunday, December 6: Departure

Dubai Package Includes Tuition, Hotel, Breakfast

  • Spouses/companions who would like to travel with their partners but do not want to attend the workshop may share a room for an additional fee.
  • Vacancies are limited and hotel rooms will be assigned on a first come, first served basis. We encourage early registration in order to obtain the level of accommodations you seek.



Arrival: December 2 - Departure December 6, 2015
The Creativity Workshop will take place at Hotel Marina Byblos.

This package includes:

Tuition for The Creativity Workshop in Dubai

4 Nights at Hotel Marina Byblos
in a Single Room with Private Bath

Air Conditioning


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You can register for The Creativity Workshop and make your own housing arrangements.
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The Creativity Workshop will take place at Hotel Marina Byblos.

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To reserve your place: we require a non-refundable $50 deposit.
To secure your place after September 1: you need to pay a deposit of $450.
After October 1: full payment is required.

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Special Offers

Save on packages for The Creativity Workshop with our Special Offers.

The following offers do not apply to our Workshops in New York and Singapore. Offers are not combinable.

  • $600 off for participants taking the workshop for the third or more times. (Offer does not apply to Workshops in New York and Singapore.)

  • $500 off for participants taking the workshop for the second time. (Offer does not apply to Workshops in New York and Singapore.)

  • $100 off for participants taking the workshop for the second or more times in New York or Singapore.

  • $150 off each participant for groups of 4 people or more registering together. For larger groups Contact us for pricing. (Offer does not apply to Workshops in New York and Singapore.)

  • $100 off your registration if you bring a friend to other than New York or Singapore. (The $100 off will be credited to you after your friend pays for the full tuition.)

  • $100 off each participant for groups of 3 people registering together. (Offer does not apply to Workshops in New York and Singapore.)

  • $50 off each participant for groups of 2 people registering together. (Offer does not apply to Workshops in New York and Singapore.)

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Dianne Stuckey, Teacher, American School of Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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“A 'stunning' experience. Thanking you for all the new, inspiring ways of thinking and seeing.”

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