Creativity for Poets, Prose Writers, and Songwriters


Stanford Continuing Studies

 Creativity for Poets, Prose Writers, and Songwriters


Engaging in creative work is fulfilling, rewarding, and reenergizing. In fact, creativity is now emerging as a pillar to a healthy life, elevating mood, decreasing cognitive decline, and improving our overall well-being. Yet too often our creative lives get pushed to the bottom of the to-do list, in part because many of us just don’t know where to start.
That’s where this course comes in. Suitable for anyone seeking more creativity in their daily life, this course uses a set of specially developed cards that walk you through a complete act of creativity in one sitting. Students may write songs, poems, or short prose pieces, with the goal of engaging in this work three to five times a week.

You Will

  • Practice placing a priority on being creative
  • Learn how to work quickly while suspending the internal critic
  • Develop a set of skills to help maintain creativity and a renewed sense of creative possibilities

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