Creativity Day is a rare opportunity for those of us stuck in the grind of day-to-day sameness and seemingly endless to-do lists. This particularly special day of the conference affords us an opportunity to try something new, to explore a passion we don’t get to pursue in our careers, or to discover creative techniques that can be incorporated into our daily personal and professional lives.03.24.2011 Posted In: Symposium Highlights By Jordan Magaziner
Each year, a host of talented and inspirational leaders inspire us in different arenas, offering us the chance to engage in creative adventures like dancing, yoga, photography, and qigong. Whether we’re seasoned singers or tone deaf, it’s a unique and revitalizing experience to try new things or engage in something you know you already love.
Like last year, I chose to participate in a writing workshop today because in every writing workshop or class I’ve ever taken, I’ve always been inspired in different ways—whether through the leader’s instructions and philosophies or because of specific writing exercises—and Dennis Palumbo’s “Finding Your Writing Voice” didn’t disappoint.
Palumbo, a psychotherapist who’s had extensive experience as a Hollywood screenwriter (My Favorite Year and Welcome Back, Kotter) and who has published novels, most recently Mirror Image, was able to blend his experiences as a therapist and as a published writer into a compelling and useful workshop. Even though I’m not a therapist, Palumbo covered topics like writer’s block and other issues which all writers struggle with, no matter their career.
Writing exercises spanned from “Imagine your life was a movie; write a description of that movie,” “What is the theme of your life?”—inspired from Palumbo’s own Hollywood experiences!—and “Write a dialogue between yourself and your Inner Critic,” which led to interesting revelations of our often frustrating inner critics. We explored their potential function: are these “voices” actually depictions of our parents’ attitudes toward us as we were growing up? What does it believe its function is?
What struck me the most is when Palumbo said that, in his mind, the number one rule to writing is that “You are enough right now to be the writer you want to be.” My inner critic is both nasty and nagging, so when Palumbo said that, it really inspired me to take more time in my daily life to write creatively. I hope that other workshop participants also left feeling inspired to keep writing and keep trying to publish their work.
What was your experience like today during your Creativity Day workshop? Do you feel inspired, and in what ways? How do you think these experiences will benefit you—and your clients—post-Symposium?