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January Third Thursday: “Play, Plan, Produce – Harness Your Creativity in 2022”

January 20, 2022 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM CST

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WLT hosts Third Thursday each month, featuring discussions focusing on specific topics of interest to writers and readers, bringing together distinguished panelists for conversations moderated by a WLT staff member.

Join us for a special Third Thursday program – our first public event of 2022! – and get your creativity flowing in the new year. 

How do I start? What do I do next? How do I finish? These are the big questions so many writers face as they approach a new project.

In their new book, Syncreate: A Guide to Navigating the Creative Process for Individuals, Teams, and Communities, authors Melinda Rothouse and Charlotte Gullick identify the many common barriers to the creative process and share their unique approach to creativity to help you get from start to finish on your inspirations.

During this special Third Thursday presentation, Melinda and Charlotte will break the creative process down into three main components – Play, Plan, and Produce – and attendees will be invited to dive in and experiment with each component in relation to a current or possible project they’d like to make progress on. 

Join the WLT creative community and jumpstart your writing project in 2022!

RSVP to receive the link to join the live webinar. 

About Syncreate: A Guide to Navigating the Creative Process for Individuals, Teams, and Communities:

Consider this book your ally as you move deeper into the adventure of creativity. The stages of Plan, Play and Produce can help us to achieve our macro-level or big picture goals as well as our daily, micro-level activities. Whether we’re talking about the project as a whole or the incremental steps we’re taking to get there, we need to plan and play before we can produce, both on a small and on a large scale. This is an iterative (and re-iterative) process, all the way through. ​​

Advance praise:

“Developing better right-brain functionality can be incredibly difficult without some kind of easy-to-follow process. Enter “Syncreate,” a simple but sophisticated twelve-chapter guide for individuals, teams and communities who want to more successfully steer their creative journey.”  — Hugh Forrest, South by Southwest (SXSW) | Chief Programming Officer, sxsw.com

“Syncreate is a clear and nicely organized gem of a book, from multidisciplinary talented and experienced guides and role models. You will become creatively empowered, individually and in community. Highly recommended.” –Ruth Richards, M.D. Ph.D., Author of Everyday Creativity and the Healthy Mind: Dynamic New Paths for Self and Society

“The syncreate process looks at everything important: the individual, team and community process of creativity in a practical, yet poignant manner. It would be hard for anyone to finish this text and not play, plan and produce.” — Diana Rivera, MA, PCC, PhD, Creative Empowerment Coach and Facilitator, creativeempowermentcoaching.com

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Featured Presenter(s)

Charlotte Gullick is a novelist, essayist, editor, and educator. She is a first generation college graduate and holds a MA in Creative Nonfiction (Institute of American Indian Arts) and a MA in English/Creative Writing (UC Davis). Her nonfiction has appeared in The Rumpus, Brevity, The Best of Brevity, Pembroke, Dogwood, Barnstorm Journal, and the LA Review. Her other awards include a Christopher Isherwood Fiction Fellowship, a Colorado Council on the Arts Poetry Fellowship, Grand Prize from the Santa Fe Writers Project, residencies at MacDowell Colony and Ragdale, the Evergreen State College 2012 Teacher Excellence Award, and the Gold Star for Teaching and Mentorship from American Short Fiction.  
Melinda Rothouse is a creativity, career, and leadership development coach and consultant, as well as an educator, facilitator, and public speaker. She is also a singer, songwriter, and bass player with many years of training and experience as a performing musician. Her other creative pursuits include contemplative photography and writing. She holds a BA in biopsychology, master’s degrees in religious studies and performance studies, and a Ph.D. in psychology with a specialization in creativity studies. She is a longtime meditator and mindfulness practitioner teacher, and leads workshops and retreats in contemplative arts and creativity, both in the US and internationally. She is the author of the bestselling book A Mindful Approach to Team Creativity and Collaboration in Organizations: Creating a Culture of Innovation, published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2020.


January 20, 2022
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM CST
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