Creativity Myth Busters: Insights from Yours Truly Students, Fall Quarter 2016
This Fall Quarter, students enrolled in my HUMAN 210 course (part one in the year-long series to produce Cascadia’s creative arts magazine Yours Truly) will be reading Elizabeth Gilbert’s Book Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear and debunking common myths about creativity, myths that Gilbert addresses in her book.
Gilbert writes, “I don’t know your capacities, your aspirations, your longings, your secret talents. But surely something wonderful is sheltered inside you. I say this with all confidence, because I happen to believe we are all walking repositories of buried treasure.” And in the Yours Truly community, we believe this, too. We believe that every person is creative in their own way and that there is always more treasure to discover inside us if we keep those paralyzing fears, those self-limiting beliefs, and our inner critic at bay long enough to attend to our unique creative impulses and longings.
Please join us on this journey of looking at the intricacies of creative living and the common myths that we may tell ourselves about the nature, form, and function of creative expression. Students will share their insights and reveal ways we may move through and with our creative anxieties and fears to find our buried treasures within.
Please click on the following links to read each blog post for Fall Quarter 2016, starting October 17, 2016: Fear: Make Amends // Take Care of Your Creativity, and Your Creativity Will Take Care of You // Borrowing Ideas isn’t Stealing Ideas, so What’s the Fear About? // A High Low Sight // Being Revived // Failure is Only Failure if You Give Up // Imperfection is Perfection // Creativity Doesn’t Always Begin with Passion // Your Creations Are Your Mama
Courtney Putnam, MFA
2016-2017 Instructor for Yours Truly
To learn more about Yours Truly and to view our 2015-2016 interactive online edition, please click here. Our call for submissions for the 2016-2017 issue begins on November 2nd. Here are our current submission guidelines!
Fall Quarter 2015 Blogging Project:
How to Harness Creativity in Every Day Life: Practical Wisdom from Yours Truly Students
This Fall Quarter, students enrolled in my HUM210 course (part one in the year-long series to produce Cascadia’s creative arts magazine Yours Truly) will be sharing their insights and wisdom about harnessing creativity in everyday life here on Cascadia’s Integrate It! blog.
On a weekly basis, I hear people say things like “I’m not very creative” or “I’m a terrible artist” or “I wish I were more creative.” These statements cause my heart to deflate just a bit, for I feel that creativity is broad, not narrow; it’s encompassing, not restrictive; and every single human being on earth has the capacity to be creative. The key is in re-defining and re-claiming creativity and bringing more attention and intention to our innate ability to create!
Students will be sharing their own connection to everyday creativity and offering some practical wisdom for leading a life with unabashed artfulness!
Please click on the links below for a powerful creativity infusion!
Courtney Putnam, MFA
2015-2016 Advisor for Yours Truly
BEAUTIFUL CREATIONS, 10.8.15 // PERSPECTIVE / 10.15.15 // CHANGE IT UP, 10.22.15 // SAME SHOTS, DIFFERENT ANGLES, 10.29.15 // LIVING IN THE SHOES OF SOMEONE ELSE, 11.5.15 // THE SMALL CHANGES, 11.12.15 // CULINARY CREATIVITY IN TWO VIEWS, 11.21.15 // ALL THAT SURROUNDS US, 11.26.15 // HOW A STUFFED TIGER HARNESSES CREATIVITY, 11.26.15 // A WALK IN THE WOODS, 12.3.15