Creative workshops

A breath of fresh air and a kick up the rear end.

Creative people often need to clear their minds and refresh their ideas. They also need to re-discover the joy and inspiration that originally steered them into creative work. A well-run, non-didactic experiential workshop can do just that. Creatives can work together to create something that’s very different from their usual work; a designer can write a screenplay, a programmer design a building, an illustrator invent a game or an architect make music.

Ingredients of a good creative workshop:

  1. Enthusiastic, experienced and highly talented leaders whose role is not to teach, but to set stimulating and challenging briefs and then allow the work to flow
  2. Adaptive techniques that react to the work being produced
  3. A cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural mix of creative people
  4. Creative spaces to work in
  5. Tools, materials and technology
  6. Deadlines and delivery rules
  7. Food and drink
  8. Socialising and partying
  9. Documenting of the work
  10. Publication of some work
  11. Keeping in touch

Ten days is a minimum useful period, with at least the first two to three days spent shaking off preconceptions. It works better if the creatives have a stake in the process – even if that’s just the fee they paid for the experience – but most importantly they have to be volunteers, open and willing to explore new things.

There are many different types of creative workshops running all over the world and just as many different formats, so watch for more articles about this subject from guest contributors. If you’d like to hear about upcoming workshops, please add your email address to our mailing list.

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