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Special Information for Writers
The Creativity Workshop has helped writers of all genres jumpstart and renew their imagination.
We will teach you ways to keep your writing fresh and exciting to you.
In our creative writing classes you will generate both new work and ideas for the work you are in the midst of creating. We use many different techniques to help you find your way through the novel, essay, poem, memoir, or script you are writing or hope to write. In The Creativity Workshop you will be doing free writing, writing from guided visualizations, collaborative writing, journaling and memoir work and even some rudimentary drawing, collage and photography.
Keeping writing from getting stale
During our creative writing courses and classes we alternate between writing, visual exercises and oral exercises because they stimulate different parts of the mind and body. We believe that getting out of your writer’s head for a few moments and into a bit of art and oral storytelling keeps the writing from getting stale. It also combats the kind of perfectionism that keeps you from writing at all.
Tools for a lifetime
You will find the tools we provide in our creative writing classes extremely beneficial in helping you outrun the inner critic that doesn’t give your imagination a moment’s rest. When you can escape over-rational thinking in art, it allows you to discover many unexplored images and themes.
Share with people from all over the world
A typical Creativity Workshop will have people from all over the world and from many disciplines with one thing in common–the love of the process of creative work. Class time will be a combination of teachers’ talks, individual exercises, and group work. The atmosphere in our creativity writing classes is nurturing, inspiring, and fun. Many people have found The Creativity Workshop to be a life-changing experience.
Many writers have credited writing their first books, scripts, and memoirs to taking our creative writing courses and class. Shelley Berc, co-instructor and director of The Creativity Workshop, has a great deal of experience teaching how to overcome writer’s block. She is a novelist and playwright and was a professor in the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program and Playwrights Workshop for several years.
“I wrote the first chapter of a first novel, and opened a new door in my creative life. The Creativity Workshop in Florence was an unforgettable experience! I’m still in touch with friends I made there.”
Lowry Marshall, Playwright and Dramaturg. Professor of Acting and Directing, Brown University