from the inquiring mind of
children's book author and educator
Barbara Jean Hicks,
I'm fascinated by the process of creativity. The TV shows I most enjoy are the ones that document the creative process in action, whether in fashion design, cooking, interior design, dance or music. I believe that creativity is a spiritual endeavor, something that arises from and engages the spirit or soul, and I find the creative journeys of others inspiring to my own.
A couple of years ago, I researched master's programs that I thought might deepen my creative experience. I didn't ultimately choose to pursue a degree, but I found an almost irresistible Recommended Reading List at one institution of higher learning that offers an M.A. in Engaged Humanities with an emphasis in Depth Psychology.
I realized that even without pursuing a degree, I could still read the recommended texts on my own--but I discovered it wasn't as easily done as considered! I needed accountability. What if I read these resources NOT on my own, but with a group of like-minded writers, musicians, designers and other artists I could discuss them with?
Here's a list of some titles that intrigue me. Some are classics I've heard about for a long time and even have on my bookshelf but have never read. Others are new to me, but sound intriguing. All are on that Recommended Reading List I mentioned earlier. Please let me know if you're interested in joining me in an in-depth reading and discussion of a book on creativity, and which of the following you would be most interested in--or others you'd like to suggest:
The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life, Twyla Tharp
Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
Stoking the Creative Fires: 9 Ways to Rekindle Passion and Imagination, Phil Cousineau
The Call to Create: Listening to the Muse in Art and Everyday Life, Linda Schierse Leonard
Sparks of Genius: The 13 Thinking Tools of the World's Most Creative People, Robert and Michelle Root-Bernstein
Free Play: Improvistaion in Life and Art, Stephen Nachmanovitch
It will probably be May or June before I get a reading/study group started, but it takes some organizing, so if you're interested, let me know!