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Creativity Courses: Fall in New York City

Subject: Creativity Courses: Fall in New York City
Date: Wed, 11 Aug 2004 21:09:23 -0500

Creativity Courses in New York

Founded in 1993 by Shelley Berc and Alejandro Fogel, he Creativity
Workshop is dedicated to teaching people about their creativity and how
to use it in all aspects of life, work, and creative expression. In a
non-competitive, nurturing atmosphere, the Workshop helps participants
develop creative skills, expanded sense perception, innovative problem
solving, inspired brainstorming, and new ways of looking at life as
exciting and transformative.


Here is our Fall 04 schedule of Creativity Workshops in New York City:

October 22 - 25, 2004
4 day intensive workshop
Friday through Monday - 10 AM to 1:30 PM
Tuition Fee: $600

November 13 - 14, 2004
2 day weekend workshop
Saturday and Sunday - 11:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Tuition Fee: $350

December 10 - 13, 2004
4 day intensive workshop
Friday through Monday - 10 AM to 1:30 PM
Tuition Fee: $600

Go to our web site for links to special air and hotel packages to New
York City: http://www.inspirationjourney.com/newyorkpackages.html
Please remember that our workshops are very popular and have limited
availability. Make your reservation soon.

Autumn is a wonderful time to be in New York City, whether it be to go
to the museums, see a show, walk through the leaves in Central Park in
October, or look at the beautiful Christmas lights in December.

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 thousands of individuals, businesses, and
institutions since 1993, the Creativity Workshop helps people believe in
and develop their imagination 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. We emphasize the importance of play
and the sharing of ideas to nurture creative growth.

You can read more about the workshop below and also go directly to our
extensive informational site:


Karen Bell
Administrative Associate
245 E 40th St. 25th Floor
New York, NY 10016
Tel Toll-Free: 1-866-217-1980
also: 1-212-922-1555

PS: 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 City

"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 City

"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."
Carroll Blue, Professor
School of Communications, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA

"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
University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

"I cannot tell you how inspiring your workshop was on a number of
levels! I continue to draw inspiration from it!"
Deborah B. Reeve, Ed.D., Deputy Executive Director
National Association of Elementary School Principals, Washington, DC

"I thought long and hard before deciding to commit the time and money to
attend a 10-day Creativity Workshop in France, but it turned out to be
one of the best investments of my life. Every hour brought fresh
insights, ideas, and inspirations for both professional and personal
development. I'm still drawing from the wealth of stimulation that I
received and I expect to do so indefinitely. Will I return for another
Creativity Workshop in the future? Absolutely! I would recommend this
experience to anyone."
Laura Fasick, Professor
Minnesota State University, Moorhead, MN

I produced as much poetry in ten days in Crete as I did in a month in a
conventional poetry workshop in another European setting. The primary
difference was the ease of creation and the fun I experienced in the
Creativity Workshop, and I also saved time and money. Shelley and
AlejandroÃs emphasis ‘In process’ works. I also enjoyed the company of
my husband in this workshop; he isnÃt a poet and wouldn’t normally
attend a poetry workshop. The multi-genre/arts approach has many
benefits to this end.
Sally Naylor, Poet and English Teacher
Baylor School, Chattanooga TN

"Because I write for a living, I had forgotten how to write for fun. I
learned how to get to that "fun" part of writing again at this workshop."
Amy White, VP Internal Corporate Communications
Cardinal Health, Worthington, OH

"I wanted to take a moment to tell you how much I enjoyed the workshop.
It was incredible. The exercises and your encouragement were wonderful.
But, more importantly, your sensitivity and perceptivity in regard to
others and the human condition is unbelievable. I wish I knew 10 more of
Neil H. Schwartz, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology
California State University, Chico

"Too often in the workplace, a fear of being judged, of "failure," or of
appearing "foolish" to others stifles our most creative thinking. The
Creativity Workshop showed me how to first examine, then overcome my
personal insecurities so that I am contributing with more freedom,
boldness and confidence than ever before."
Barbara Bazaldua, Director of Editorial
Disney Consumer Products, Anaheim, CA

"An exceptional choice of location, (Paris) + an intelligently conceived
program + a pair of talented teachers of complementary expertise who
have a knack for being present when guidance is needed and absent when
it is not+ a diverse bunch of interesting people all bent to develop a
side of them that is all too often ignored = a successful and deeply
enriching common experience. This seasoned teacher left the workshop
with a sizable bag of useful ideas to motivate her students to write
more and better, a sketchbook full of essays for herself. I give this
course an A."
Nicole Fandel, Teacher of French
Concord Academy, Acton, MA

"The workshop helped me to determine the elements I needed to have in my
life for me to continue to be a successful creative thinker. As
principal of an elementary school I have been able to put together
enough of the workshop’s material to teach my staff the skills of being
a more creative thinker and, in turn, they will teach the students.
Shelley and Alejandro are masters in their craft."
Lee Koran, Principal
St. Patrick Fine Arts Elementary School, Alberta, Canada

Founded and directed by Shelley Berc and Alejandro Fogel in 1993, the
Creativity Workshop has been taught by them at educational, corporate,
cultural and governmental institutions throughout the world.

Corporate and Business

APJ Search Consultants - Acoustiguide Corporation – Artissimo – BBC -
Bayer AG - Berlitz International - Bouvier Kelly Inc. - Breathing Space
- Breslow Partners - Briggs & Stratton - Bristol-Myers Squibb - Cardinal
Health – Caterpillar – Cerebellum – Chartercom - One Eleven Interactive
Inc. - Children’s Hospital Los Angeles - Colgate-Palmolive - Cornerstone
Research - Cross Country Travcorps – EDS – ETH Zurich - Ecoute Ton Corps
Inc - Equinox Interactive - GPC Consultores SC - Garnet Hill - Global
Insight - Go2net – HBO - Heller Ehrman – IKEA - I-traffic -
Johnson&Johnson - JET Programme - JPMorgan Chase - Johnson & Johnson –
KFAssociates - L'actualit» - L'Arche Belfast – LPK - M&T Mortgage Corp
- M. Heale CPA - M.S.391 – Mukora - Negotiation Mastery Inc. - One
Eleven Interactive Inc. - Oracle Corporation – Panorama – Pfizer -
Procter & Gamble - Providence Center for Women & Enterprise - Schultz
Consulting - Scott & White Memorial Hospital - Sloan Kettering Hospital
- Sprint PCS - The Walt Disney Company - The Connection for Women and
Families - The Nature Conservancy - The Resource Exchange - The4
[creative network] - Welch Design Group - Zimmerman Financial Group, RIA

Education and Arts Institutions

Academy of Drama and Film. Milan, Italy - Adelphi University - American
Creativity Academy, Kuwait - American International School of Budapest -
Antwerp International School, Antwerp, The Netherlands - Art School of
the Aegean. Samos, Greece - Arts-in-Action - Atlanta International
School - Atlanta Symphony Orchestra - Australian National Playwright
Conference. Canberra, Australia - Australian National University.
Canberra, Australia - Barnard College - Baruch College - Baylor School -
Bennington College - Bloomsburg UniversityÜ - Brentwood School - Brick
Church School - Brown University - CUNY/NYC Department of Education -
California State University Chico - Canadian Academy - Centennial School
District - Chimacun Elementary School - Chula Vista Elementary School -
Cincinnati Public Shool - Columbia University - Concord Academy -
Creighton University - DePaul University - Diablo Valley College - East
Carolina University - Eastern Mediterranean University, Cyprus - Eckerd
College - Exeter Academy - Flanagan High School - Florida International
University - George Washington University - Hong Kong International
School - Hungarian Ethnic Artists Festival. Kisvarda, Hungary - IB World
School Canadian Academy - ISIS Centre for Women's Action on Eating
Issues Inc. Perth, Australia - Indiana University - International School
Bangkok - International School of Beijing-Shunyi - International School
of Prague - International Schools Services - Johns Hopkins University -
LaGuardia Community College - Lancaster Country Day School - Langara
College - Library of Congress - Macquarie University - Mamaroneck UFSD -
Manhattanville College - Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Media
Communications Association - Mercersburg Academy - Minnesota State
University Moorehead - Munich Television and Film School. Munich,
Germany - NJ Orange School District - NSW Writers Workshop. Sydney,
Australia. - National Association of Elementary School Principals -
National Institute of Education at Singapore University - Nebraska
Wesleyan University - Nerengi Institute. Istanbul, Turkey - New York
University - Northern Michigan University - Open Society Institute.
Budapest, Hungary - Oxnard Elementary School Districe - Pennsylvania
State University - Pepperdine University - Performance Studies
Department / University of Sydney. Sydney, Australia - Phillips Academy
- Phillips Exeter Academy - Poly Prep CDS - Portland Stage Company.
Portland, Maine - Prague Summer Writers Workshop. Prague, Czech Republic
- Princeton Day School - Rollins College - Rose Community
Foundation/Impulse Theater - Saint Cloud State University - Saint Louis
Priory School - San Diego State University - Sarah Lawrence College -
Scuola Drammatica San Remo. San Remo, Italy - Scuola Sagarana. Lucca,
Italy - Sidwell Friends School - Skidmore College - Southampton College
- Spoleto Arts Symposia. Spoleto, Italy - Srishti School of Art Design &
Technology. Bangalore, India - St. John's International School - St.
Patrick Fine Arts Elementary School - The American International School
of Budapest - The American School in London - The American School of
Asuncion - The American School of Warsaw - The Anglo-American School of
Moscow - The Art Alliance - The Chinese University of Hong Kong - The
Fessenden School - The Hamlin School - The Overlake School - The
University of Prince Edward Island - The University of Vermont - The
University of Western Australia - The University of Wisconsin Madison -
Thomasville City Schools - Unionville-Chadds Ford School District -
United Nations International School - United World College. Trieste,
Italy - University of California Berkeley - University of Iowa -
University of Michigan - University of Missouri-Columbia - University of
Nebraska Lincoln - University of South Dakota - University of Southern
California - University of Victoria - Utrecht University - Washington
International School - Wheaton Academy - Wheaton College - White
Communications - Writing Beyond the Walls. Lucca, Italy - Yldiz
University. Istanbul, Turkey


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.

The teachers

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.


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