The Creativity Workshop in Florence

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Event Date/Time: Mar 31, 2014
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The Creativity Workshop in Florence 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.

The Creativity Workshop in Florence meets for 5 days, 3 1/2 hours per day (from 10:00 AM to 1:30 PM). You will have the rest of the time to meander around this breathtaking city, home of Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and Botticelli. Class will be held at Hotel Montebello Splendid, located in a peaceful residential area, just a few blocks from the Arno River and the Opera House, and a 15 minute walk to the Duomo (Florence's magnificent Gothic cathedral) and the famous Uffizi Gallery. 

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. 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.

Monday, March 31, 2014: Arrival. Free day Time for you to settle in and relax.

Tuesday, April 1: 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 excercise: Finding your 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.

Wednesday, April 2: Relaxation. Guided Visualization: Mapmaking as a way to find, chart, and communicate your creative process and projects. 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.

Thursday, April 3: Guided visualization: Letter writing as a way to express voice, character, and audience. Miniature Theatre: 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 How to do ongoing creative work in short modules of time How to use luck and coincidence to jump-start creative projects

Friday, April 4: Guided Visualization: The Myth of the Other. 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 its intuition How to rekindle fearless imagination The Power of the Magic phrase: “What If”

Saturday, April 5: Guided Visualization: The Legend of the Hand. 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 ends

Sunday, April 6: Departure

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