Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Oh, That Creative You

Creativity.  Seems to be the buzzword on blogs these days, like there’s a collective longing of our inner selves to express something more, whether it’s coloring in complicated mandala lines, daring to turn our stick-figure art into Picassos, or capturing those illusive words that exactly express our thoughts.

Whatever the project, we long to burst through in a fresh way. We long to experience, as E.B. White says, “the Self escaping into the open.”

Some of us don’t dare let that Self escape. We feel as though we are not very creative. As if we were lacking a body part, we moan, “I don’t have a creative bone in my body.” Others of us blame it on the brain. “I’m too left-brained,” or “I’m too right.” 

Although it’s true we are each gifted in God’s specially designed way, all of us can stop pining for that Eureka moment and start exercising more of the creative spirit within. 

In Oh, the Thinks You Can Think, Dr. Seuss challenges readers to, “Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try.”

So that’s what we’re going to do—think left, think right, think low, and think high in our hands-on Creativity Workshop, Saturday, October 24, from 9:00-12:30.

Marcia Moston opens the first session with Seeing Things—changing your perspective to make new connections. Carol Roper leads the second session, A Sensible Look Back—mining your past and using sensory imagery for vivid writing. And Cynthia Owens wraps up the morning with Thinking on a Slant—using symbols, editing, and borrowed words to spark creativity.

All sessions are interactive. Please join us in the fun of letting those collective selves out into the open.

                                            Creativity Workshop
                                            Saturday, October 24
                                            First Baptist Church Simpsonville

*Last Day to Register: Thursday, October 15. 
(Registration forms must be received by this date.)

Contact Tim Suddeth: TimInGreenville@gmail.com
To download the registration form: 2015 Cross N Pens Workshop Registration

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