Creative Process Workshop

2.5 Day Workshop, Nov. 13-15 2015, Calgary

Work on your creative process in this unique workshop with Prof. Anita Chari

Those of us who have chosen careers in the intellectual realms face common creative process issues that are hardly ever named as such within the container of the programs and professional contexts in which we are trained, whether that be in graduate work, an MFA program, or in the art world. Intellectual work presents us with the challenging paradox of having to be conceptual and left-brain oriented while holding space for the unknown to emerge in the course of a creative process. Because we typically receive so little mirroring of ourselves in this paradox, we often experience the creative process in our work symptomatically—through procrastination, writer’s block, a feeling of inauthenticity, isolation, boredom, and running away from our work. Yet when viewed from a process perspective, these issues can be experienced within the context of a sequence of unfolding that has integrity and potency. Through movement practices, process work, writing exercises, mindfulness work, somatic work, and dialogue, you will receive specific feedback about your own creative challenges and strengths and techniques for working through these issues in ways that are meaningful to you personally. By delving into process, we will work on creative sequencing issues that will ultimately impact the form of your creative work, as well as your relationship to that work.

This workshop is open to intellectuals, artists, entrepreneurs, and writers in all fields and at any level, including those in creative or non-writing-based fields. The group will be limited to 7 participants. Please email anitachari@gmail.com to register.

Location: Loft 112

Cost: $175, to be paid in advance via paypal, Google wallet, or check. Discounted price of $150 if paid in full by Oct. 15.

Note: This is a private nonacademic workshop and is not affiliated with the University of Oregon or any other institution or department. Please direct all inquiries to Anita Chari.

Instructor bio

Anita Chari is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Oregon and is a creative writer, musician, and composer. She draws from a diverse palette of techniques in her teaching, including embodiment process work, Continuum movement, transformative pedagogies, yoga, biodynamic craniosacral therapy, and other creative process methods.