Creativity is often viewed as a mysterious concept—something gained intuitively rather than actively learned. Admittedly, the process of finding inspiration and thinking imaginatively doesn’t seem easily practised or trained. Even writers like Ernest Hemingway corroborated this, arguing writing was as simple as standing at a typewriter and letting yourself bleed!
But how easy is it to just sit down and let go—of fears, internal criticisms, nagging doubts. These are the mental obstacles that stop us from writing and allowing our creative instincts to reach their full potential.
At the Writers’ Centre we’ve taken a more pragmatic approach to the pursuit of creativity. Over recent years and extending into our exciting new course program for 2013, we are delving into the practise of learning creativity. We’re asking how our course program can help writers develop specific tools and techniques to jumpstart and maintain the flow of ideas.
Workshops such as Melaina Faranda’s ‘Unleash Your Creativity’, Geoffrey Atherden’s ‘Stuck! Therapy for Writer’s Block’ and Joyce Kornblatt’s ‘Beginners Mind: Writing as Meditative Practise’ have previously explored the process of how we overcome mental barriers to successfully access and express our creative ideas in writing. In particular, our creativity workshops focus on discovering practical tools, exercises and activities, including the spiritual and mediative, that encourage us to think about the very act of thinking.
So if you are wondering, is it possible to train my creativity? At the Writers’ Centre we believe it is.
For upcoming courses on creativity, click here. Stay tuned for more information on our 2013 course program and workshops on writing the spiritual and meditative creative writing.
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