Creativity Workshop

Inspired by Spirals

We begin by thinking deeply about spirals. How can we use the metaphor of the Fibonacci Spiral as a way to explore our relationship between who we are as writers and what we are writing?

This is for anyone who wants to be more creative.


Where do spirals take you? How do they appear in your life?

This video introduces the metaphor of the Fibonacci Spiral. Learning and writing are connected. When we become better learners, we can become better creators (writers, artists, performers, etc.).


This isn’t the place where most artsy courses start. When I’ve been the student in the past, we usually start with examining the work of Masters. Sometimes we start with talking about craft (elements of story or syntax) or practicing techniques.


What if our learning looked more like poetry?

This work starts with you. We are going to move through ideas in a non-linear way. Find yourself in Fibonacci’s spiral.

What does your spiral look like? Consider what we can learn from spirals in nature.


Explore some questions in your notebook:

  1. What are you hoping to learn?
  2. How do you learn best?
  3. What is the relationship between the creator in you and the learner in you? Have those two selves met? If so, how?
  4. How are things going with your creativity?
  5. What is your present situation?
  6. If you were to use the Fibonacci Spiral as a map, showing where you are today and where you want to be in a year from now with your projects, what would it look like?

Let’s Create:

  1. Find an image of a spiral in nature to post by your workspace.
  2. In your notebook, compare and contrast the learner and the writer/creator in you.
  3. Free-write for at least ten minutes about spirals. Let it take you anywhere.
  4. Do you want to read more about spirals? Click here.

“We come spinning out of nothingness, scattering stars, the stars form a circle…and in the centre we dance.”

Rumi



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4 Comments

  • Pamela Perrault

    Hiya. First and foremost, thank you so much for making this learning experience available. I began working on week one yesterday; Sunday, 1st March felt like a good starting point to me. I googled the Fibonacci Spiral and Golden spiral and confess I did not understand much of what I read. I loved your poem and thank you for sharing it. Biggest impact, though was considering my creator and learner selves. I’d never even thought of them having met (I’m sure they haven’t) so I’m going to be writing this week about each of them and of how I will perform that particular introduction.

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

    • Jessica Outram

      Wow. I just love your quilts. Thank-you so much for sharing your post. I absolutely love quilts. Over 20 years ago I was in a play called ‘Quilters’–that’s what got me hooked. The thought that goes into them, the stories in the fabrics and the patterns–all so fascinating. I always love it when a question captures my thinking for a while. The more time we spend with it, the deeper we can go. Thank-you for introducing us to your two selves.

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