Unblocking creativity

Rom: Fosse-stova

Arrangør: Litteraturhuset i Bergen

How can we return to enjoyment of the simple act of creativity?

Beyond the signifiers of market reception and popularity, every act of creativity has, in essence, value. Yet so much of art instruction and the artist’s life is focused on achieving these external signifiers. This pressure can reduce the pleasure of creation, turn art making into onerous labor, and causing us to overemphasize what writer Laura Kipnis calls the Big Editor or Super Ego in our process.


How can we return to enjoyment of the simple act of creativity? How can we value everything we produce, regardless of its end result?


This participatory workshop investigates reasons for creative blocks, looks at the origin of creativity and creating from the unconscious, then offers exercises for working through and loosening these blocks. Participants will take part in discussion as well as writing exercises, and leave with readings for further exploration. The workshop will be in English (but writing in English is not a requirement). 200 kr / 150 kr. stud / artists (other payment arrangements are possible in cases of financial hardship). Workshop size is limited, so please register in advance by emailing: heidi@litthusbergen.no


About the instructor: Melody Nixon is a writer, editor and teacher from New York City, via New Zealand. She holds an MFA in nonfiction writing from Columbia University. She is the editor of two literary journals -- The Common, and Apogee Journal -- the second of which she co-founded in 2011 to address a lack of diversity in the American publishing scene. She co-curates a reading series in Harlem, NYC, that has featured international writers like Karen Russell, Sam Lipsyte, Phillip Lopate, Stacey D’Erasmo, and she reads widely around New York. She also teaches weekly classes focused on using writing as a tool of creative healing and social change.


200/150,– (stud./skribent)

Påmelding: heidi@litthusbergen.no


OBS! Kurset 20. juni er nå fullbooket, men vi setter opp et ekstra kurs 27. juni.