An in person event in Fort Collins. This class is capped at 20 participants, then a waitlist will be available.
Ever feel like something is holding you back creatively? Do you have a writing project you want to do this summer, but you're having trouble getting started or following through with it? Are procrastination, doubt, fear, or other challenges making writing a struggle for you? If you want help overcoming your specific writing obstacles while discovering your best creative self, then this half-day innovative retreat is for you.
Through fun activities and interactive workshops, award-winning author and creative writing professor Todd Mitchell will share some of the most important things he's learned from years of researching creativity and helping students develop their work. The techniques we'll explore will give you practical ways to enhance your writing while enjoying creativity more.
Here's some of the topics we'll focus on:
—The 12 steps to developing a more effective, productive, and enjoyable creative mindset
—Overcoming your specific creative blocks
—Reviving your connection with creativity through wild mind activities
—Exploring techniques to enhance your creative practice
—Getting potential projects started or unstuck
—Developing healthy creative habits
—Discussing relevant plotting, character development, story structure, and revision techniques
—Designing a personal creative plan to help you meet your writing goals and take your creative life to the next level
During the morning half of the retreat we'll explore techniques and activities designed to help identify creative blocks and optimize each participant's relationship with creativity. Then we'll break for lunch (participants are encouraged to bring a bag lunch to enjoy at the beautiful City of Fort Collins Natural Areas Primrose location). Afternoon events will be structured around participant needs and interests, as we focus on applying creative concepts to participant challenges and helping each other develop individual plans for meeting creative goals. Therefore, if you have specific creative challenges or projects that you're struggling with, please come with questions about them.
Overall, this session will be interactive, personal, and full of practical tips and techniques that you can apply to your writing (and other creative endeavors) for years to come.
*Note: Some of the content in the first half will be similar to techniques Todd Mitchell shared in the Creative Therapy session at this year's NCW conference. However, this half-day retreat will focus much more on applying concepts to individual participant challenges, and will integrate several new generative activities and techniques.