UPDATES on our Summer and Fall Creativity Courses in Europe and New York
We are all born imaginative, curious, creative, but these qualities can
fade with the passage of time. The Creativity Workshop's aim is to help
people get their imaginations back.
My name is Karen Bell, administrative associate of the Creativity
Workshop and I want to update you on our upcoming summer workshops
and to announce our New York City fall calendar. We will be posting
our Summer Creativity Workshops in Europe 2004 next month. Please
note that we will be adding new summer workshops in Istanbul,
Provence, and Dublin in 2004.
LONDON August 17 - 23
Please note that our London workshop has almost the same amount of
contact hours as our longer workshops, even though it runs only five
days. We simply meet more hours per day and do not have a 'day off' in
the middle. This is especially designed for those of you who can't get
away from home or job for a ten day period. We can book extra nights at
the hotels if you wish to extend your stay.
See our full calendar below, including New York City Fall workshops.
Whether you are a writer, a business person, a teacher, or an artist,
the Workshop can help you discover and nurture your particular way of
expression and break through the fears and blocks that inhibit
creativity. Working with more than 2,000 individuals, businesses, and
institutions since 1993, the Creativity Workshop helps people believe in
and develop their creative process through using a unique series of
exercises in memoir, creative writing, visual arts, sense perception,
brainstorming, and storytelling. Our concentration is on the process of
creativity rather than the product and emphasizes the importance of play
and the sharing of ideas to nurture creative growth.
See below for the upcoming Europe Workshops and read more about the
Creativity Workshop: writing, storytelling, drawing, and personal
You can also go directly to our extensive informational site:
Tel: (212) 922-1555
2003 Calendar and details:
The Creativity Workshop is dedicated to teaching individuals and groups
about their creative processes and how to use them in all aspects of
their work and lives. The Workshop's goal for participants is refined
creative skills, expanded perception, innovative problem solving,
inspired brainstorming and ways of looking at life as exciting and
SUMMER WORKSHOPS IN EUROPE 2003
London August 17 - 23, 2003 5 day workshop (7 sessions) Tuition Fee:
$1,050 Tuition + accommodations packages available from $1,500
FALL WORKSHOPS IN NEW YORK
October 9 - 13, 2003 (Columbus Day week end)
4 day intensive workshop
Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 4 PM to 7:30 PM
Tuition Fee: $600
November 15 - 16, 2003
2 day weekend workshop
11:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Tuition Fee: $350
December 13 - 14, 2003
2 day weekend workshop
11:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Tuition Fee: $350
If you are interested in reading more about the Workshop, we can send
you some very interesting magazine articles and interviews with the
directors, Shelley Berc and Alejandro Fogel which will give you a deeper
idea about the workshop's techniques, origins, and results.
What people say about the Creativity Workshop:
The new millennium needs bold, creative men and women who can turn their
dreams into reality... Shelley Berc and Alejandro Fogel show how you can
do this through their challenging and inspiring creativity
workshops...even a simple first contact will prove what these two
talented teachers can do for your own gifts." Dr. Kirpal Singh, Writer,
Professor, Singapore Management University.
I have attended at least 10 creative seminars and this creativity
workshop is far above the others in its inspiration, positive spirit and
techniques for nurturing creativity.The Creativity Workshop changed me
forever and moved me forward in managing my creative companies, but more
importantly in my personal determination, commitment and creativity in
my own projects. This workshop is important for anyone who wants to
better understand, develop and celebrate their creativity in their
personal or business life. Barbara Roberts, President and CEO
Acoustiguides, New York
Thank you for the great, great inspiration and fun of the Creativity
Workshop. It helped me get a whole screenplay done during a trip to
Mexico afterwards. It was great for me and my students. I don't think
I've ever seen them so happy. Doris Doerrie, Filmmaker, Professor,
Munich Film School, Germany
Shelley and Alejandro created an atmosphere where everyone from student,
to business professional, to published novelist felt equally comfortable
creating and sharing stories, drawings, experiences. I've explored other
places and workshops that make me feel good while I'm there, that
provide activities that I know I really should make time for when I go
back to the real world. But this workshop is the first to provide
methods and exercises I not only want to use but feel compelled to use,
in fact have already used. I need to mention what I think was one of the
key ingredients of the workshop: the other attendees. I found them to be
amazing, inspiring, fascinating people. Kelly Hevel, Planning Manager,
Pfizer, Inc., New York
"This is my third workshop coming up and I can't wait! Shelley and
Alejandro ever so gently are able to get us fellow travelers (and not
students) in to a discovery mode that emerges us deep into the
experience of our very own creativity. You are magicians who invite us
to return to the best of our childhoods. Once there we recapture those
golden days of play and dream and fantasy. I'm very happy to know and
experience the alchemy that you label a creativity workshop. Professor
Carroll Blue, School of Communications, San Diego State University, San
"I feel as though I now have a focus, a method, a way of evolving my
ideas and that the means are just as important as the end. I have
created environments just to create in, and environments just to display
the work in. My vision of attending to each detail, sound, smell,
texture, substance... is starting to find a home. Thanks for opening my
eyes to these essential aspects of creating through your guidance and
example." Student. University of Iowa, Iowa City, USA.
"This class was THE MOST enriching, enlightening, inspirational class I
have ever taken. The way I work and what I create will never be the
same." Student. University of Iowa, USA.
"Shelley and Alejandro's Creativity Workshop is amazing in that it
breaks down all your fears about thinking and writing. If it wasn't for
them I fear I never would have finished my master's thesis. I was
blocked until I took this course." Francesca Salidu PHD candidate in
Shakespeare, University of Pisa. San Miniato, Italy.
"Shelley Berc and Alejandro Fogel taught their Creativity Workshop as
American Cultural Specialists under the United States Information
Service auspices. To say that they were extremely effective is a vast
understatement. I would unreservedly recommend their course. They have
abundant creativity, energy, and a wealth of skills." Gloria Berbena,
Asst. Cultural Attache, US Information Service, US Embassy. Rome, Italy.
"A special experience. Berc and Fogel opened us up to new and wonderful
ways of looking at our creativity." Belkis Bottfeld, PHD, psychologist.
The Creativity Workshop has been taught at educational and government
institutions and for corporations.
Corporate and Business
The Walt Disney Company, Procter & Gamble, Bristol - Myers Squibb
Colgate-Palmolive, Caterpillar, Berlitz International, Bayer, AG, HBO,
Chartercom, Breslow Partners, Negotiation Mastery Inc. i-traffic,
Go2net, LPK, KFAssociates, Cross Country, Travcorps, lL'actualit?FFFFC8,
The4[creative network], The Nature Conservancy, Zimmerman Financial
Group, RIA, Sprint PCS, Cerebellum, Pfizer
Education and Arts Institutions
National Institute of Education at Singapore University. Singapore.
University of Iowa. Iowa, USA. Munich Television and Film School.
Munich, Germany Yldiz University. Istanbul, Turkey.Nerengi Institute.
Istanbul, Turkey. Scuola Drammatica San Remo. San Remo, Italy. Academy
of Drama and Film. Milan, Italy. Prague Summer Writers Workshop. Prague,
Czech Republic. Writing Beyond the Walls. Lucca, Italy. Spoleto Arts
Symposia. Spoleto, Italy. United World College. Trieste, Italy.
Australian National University. Canberra, Australia. Australian National
Playwright Conference. Canberra, Australia. NSW Writers Workshop.
Sydney, Australia. Performance Studies Department. University of Sydney.
Sydney, Australia. Hungarian Ethnic Artists Festival. Kisvarda, Hungary.
Art School of the Aegean. Samos, Greece. Scuola Sagarana. Lucca, Italy.
The Art Alliance. New York, USA. Portland Stage Company. Portland, ME,
USA. Media Communications Association, USA. University of California,
Berkeley, DePaul University, Columbia University, San Diego State,
University of Michigan, George Washington University, Philips/Exeter
Academy,The American School of Warsaw, International School of Prague,
Washington International School, The American School of Asuncion,
Paraguay, Hong Kong International School, The Chinese University of Hong
Kong, Southampton College, La Guardia Community College, Sidwell Friends
School, The University of Vermont, Minnesota, State University,
Moorehead college, Diablo Valley College, Atlanta International School,
Dominican University of California, University of Missouri-Columbia,
Sarah Lawrence College, University of Nebraska Lincoln, Northern
Michigan University, Creighton University, IB World School, Canadian
Academy of Japan, The American School in London, The Overlake School,
Brown University, Macquarie University, California State University,
Chico, Open Society Institute , Budapest, St. John's International
School, Indiana University, The University of Wisconsin Madison, Florida
International University, The University of Western Australia, East
Carolina University, Saint Louis Priory School, The American
International School of Budapest ,The University of Prince Edward
US State Department, Washington, D.C,., USA, US Embassy. Tel Aviv,
Israel., US Embassy. Rome, Italy. US Consulate. Milan, Italy. US
Embassy. Istambul, Turkey. US Embassy. Canberra, Australia. US Embassy.
Budapest, Hungary. US Embassy. Singapore.
Shelley Berc is a writer and teacher. She was a professor of the
International Writing Program at the University of Iowa from 1985-2000.
Her novels, plays, and essays which include 'The Shape of Wilderness',
'A Girl's Guide to the Divine Comedy' and 'Theatre of the Mind' have
been published by Coffee House Press, Johns Hopkins Press, Heinemann
Books, Performing Arts Journal and Theatre Communications Group Press.
Her plays have been produced by theatres such as the American Repertory
Theatre, the Yale Rep, and the Edinburgh Festival.
Alejandro Fogel is a visual artist and teacher working in painting, site
installations, video and digital art. He has exhibited his works in
galleries and museums in Argentina, Bulgaria, Cuba, France, Hungary,
Israel, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, United States and Germany. His
ongoing project 'Root to Route' chronicles his father's journey through
the Holocaust years. His work is in private collections and museums
around the world.
Berc and Fogel explain in theory and demonstrate in practice the
concepts of originality, 'appropriation', memory and imagination. Under
their guidance, participants explore their own creative processes
through different writing and drawing exercises. They emphasize the
intimate link between personal and public spheres, individual and social
practices, history and myth, dream and reality. The focus of the
workshop is on process not product and to help participants find
life-long tools of creative expression.
Shelley Berc and Alejandro Fogel have taught their Creativity Workshop
internationally. They have lectured on creativity and their own work at
universities and cultural centers throughout the world.
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