Description of Class
Have you completely blanked out in the middle of a story? Lost your character’s motivation, your own? Do you look at the blank page in your notebook until you cry?
You are not alone. Every writer has blocks. They are part of the creative process and they are there to help you. Yes, really, they are signs about where we are in the process and we need to pay attention to them in order to participate fully in our creative process. Spend a night with Jeannine Burgdorf and learn how to identify types of block and walks away with a First Aid kit filled with approaches to working through blocks (there is no avoiding them)!
In this workshop, you will become familiar with scientifically and personally tested methods for working through creative blocks. The workshop will provide you will definitions, readings in class and at home to build your toolbox with techniques to use the next time you experience a block.
Selections from Mindset (definitions of fixed and growth mindset)
Selections on Resistance (various) from Steven Pressfield The War of Art
The Tyranny of Evaluation from Ellen Langer’s On Becoming An Artist
In class exercise: meditation on a seed and journaling. There will be the opportunity for students to share, but this is not a prompt or a craft exercise, it is about effect of the guided meditation on one’s cognitive process. There may be discussion, but not feedback in any instructive way.
At home exercise (but Jeannine will talk about with this is in class and bring her own example in): externalizing your inner critic
Other Resources to be shared for further exploration: Design Thinking, writer’s craft essays, more reading: Creativity, The Psychology of Discovery and Invention and The Path of Least Resistance. Some of this may be included in a take away packet. Will provide a list of resources printed out to distribute.
Main takeaway: Students will leave with an awareness of the types of blocks they experience, what those blocks can be signaling in their process, how to work through the blocks over time as part of the process of writing.Top