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"Call for Artists: Summer Creativity Workshops in Europe"
2003-02-03 until 2003-06-17
Creativity Workshops
New York, NY, USA United States of America

We are all born imaginative, curious, creative, but these qualities can fade with the passage of time. The Creativity Workshop's aim is to help people get their imaginations back. Karen Bell, administrative associate of the Creativity Workshop, brings us to their latest news. 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 more than 2,000 individuals, businesses, and institutions since 1993, the Creativity Workshop helps people believe in and develop their creative process through using a unique series of exercises in memoir, creative writing, visual arts, sense perception, brainstorming, and storytelling.

This summer they have added new 7-9 day workshops in Prague, Crete, and London! The Workshop still has their very popular workshops in Florence, Barcelona, and Paris as well! See below for their upcoming Europe and New York City Workshops and read more about the Creativity Workshop: writing, storytelling, drawing, and personal memoir.

Calendar and details: The Creativity Workshop was established in 1993 by writer Shelley Berc and multimedia artist Alejandro Fogel to provide an alternative to traditional forms of education and thinking. Its emphasize is on process rather than product. The organization is dedicated to teaching individuals and groups about their creative processes and how to use them in all aspects of their work and lives. The Workshop's goal for participants is refined creative skills, expanded perception, innovative problem solving, inspired brainstorming and ways of looking at life as exciting and transformative.



Island of Crete June 17 - 27, 2003 9 day workshop Tuition + accommodations packages available from $1,450

Florence June 29- July 9, 2003 9 day workshop Tuition Fee: $1,100 Tuition + accommodations packages available from $1,450


Paris July 10 - 20, 2003 9 day workshop Tuition Fee: $1,100 Tuition + accommodations packages available from $1,800

Barcelona July 23 - August 2, 2003 9 day workshop Tuition Fee: $1,100 Tuition + accommodations packages available from $1,450


Prague August 4 - 14, 2003 9 day workshop Tuition Fee: $1,100 Tuition + accommodations packages available from $1,450

London August 17 - 24, 2003 7 sessions in 6 days Tuition Fee: $1,100 Tuition + accommodations packages available from $1,600



February 15 - 16, 2003 2 day weekend workshop (8 contact hours) Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 AM to 4:30 PM Tuition Fee: $350

March 15 - 16, 2003 2 day weekend workshop (8 contact hours)

Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 AM to 4:30 PM Tuition Fee: $350

March 28 - 31, 2003 4 day intensive workshop (16 contact hours) Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 4 PM to 8 PM Tuition Fee: $600

April 19 - 20 2003 2 day weekend workshop (8 contact hours) Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 AM to 4:30 PM Tuition Fee: $350

May 17 - 18, 2003 2 day weekend workshop (8 contact hours) Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 AM to 4:30 PM Tuition Fee: $350

May 24 - 30, 2003 (Memorial Day weekend) 7 day intensive workshop (21 contact hours) Monday through Saturday, 5 to 8 PM Tuition Fee: $950 Tuition + accommodations packages available

If you are interested in reading more about the Workshop, they 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 "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. Professor Carroll Blue, School of Communications, San Diego State University, San Diego, USA

"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 feel as though I now have a focus, a method, a way of evolving my ideas and that the means are just as important as the end. I have created environments just to create in, and environments just to display the work in. My vision of attending to each detail, sound, smell, texture, substance... is starting to find a home. Thanks for opening my eyes to these essential aspects of creating through your guidance and example." Student. University of Iowa, Iowa City, USA.

"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 same." Student. University of Iowa, USA.

"Shelley and Alejandro's Creativity Workshop is amazing in that it breaks down all your fears about thinking and writing. If it wasn't for them I fear I never would have finished my master's thesis. I was blocked until I took this course." Francesca Salidu PHD candidate in Shakespeare, University of Pisa. San Miniato, Italy.

"Shelley Berc and Alejandro Fogel taught their Creativity Workshop as American Cultural Specialists under the United States Information Service auspices. To say that they were extremely effective is a vast understatement. I would unreservedly recommend their course. They have abundant creativity, energy, and a wealth of skills." Gloria Berbena, Asst. Cultural Attache, US Information Service, US Embassy. Rome, Italy.

"A special experience. Berc and Fogel opened us up to new and wonderful ways of looking at our creativity." Belkis Bottfeld, PHD, psychologist. Istanbul, Turkey.

The Creativity Workshop has been taught at educational and government institutions and for corporations. Corporate and Business The Walt Disney Company, Procter & Gamble, Bristol - Myers Squibb Colgate-Palmolive, Caterpillar, Berlitz International, Bayer, AG, HBO, Chartercom, Breslow Partners, Negotiation Mastery Inc. i-traffic, Go2net, LPK, KFAssociates, Cross Country, Travcorps, lL'actualit", The4 [creative network], The Nature Conservancy, Zimmerman Financial Group, RIA, Sprint PCS, Cerebellum, Pfizer Education and Arts Institutions National Institute of Education at Singapore University. Singapore. University of Iowa. Iowa, USA. Munich Television and Film School. Munich, Germany Yldiz University. Istanbul, Turkey.Nerengi Institute. Istanbul, Turkey. Scuola Drammatica San Remo. San Remo, Italy. Academy of Drama and Film. Milan, Italy. Prague Summer Writers Workshop. Prague, Czech Republic. Writing Beyond the Walls. Lucca, Italy. Spoleto Arts Symposia. Spoleto, Italy. United World College. Trieste, Italy. Australian National University. Canberra, Australia. Australian National Playwright Conference. Canberra, Australia. NSW Writers Workshop. Sydney, Australia. Performance Studies Department. University of Sydney. Sydney, Australia. Hungarian Ethnic Artists Festival. Kisvarda, Hungary. Art School of the Aegean. Samos, Greece. Scuola Sagarana. Lucca, Italy. The Art Alliance. New York, USA. Portland Stage Company. Portland, ME, USA. Media Communications Association, USA. University of California, Berkeley, DePaul University, Columbia University, San Diego State, University of Michigan, George Washington University, Phillips/Exeter Academy,The American School of Warsaw, International School of Prague, Washington International School, The American School of Asuncion, Paaraguay, Hong Kong International School, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Southampton College, La Guardia Community College, Sidwell Friends School, The University of Vermont, Minnesota, State University, Moorehead college, Diablo Valley College, Atlanta International School, Dominican University of California, University of Missouri-Columbia, Sarah Lawrence College, University of Nebraska Lincoln, Northern Michigan University, Creighton University, IB World School, Canadian Academy of Japan, The American School in London, The Overlake School, Brown University, Macquarie University, California State University, Chico, Open Society Institute Budapest, St. John's International School, Indiana University, The University of Wisconsin Madison, Florida International University, The University of Western Australia, East Carolina University, Saint Louis Priory School, The American International School of Budapest ,The University of Prince Edward Island. Government 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.

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. Shelley Berc and Alejandro Fogel have taught their Creativity Workshop internationally. They have lectured on creativity and their own work at universities and cultural centers throughout the world.

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