Creativity for All Weekly

  • Course details

    The word "creativity" can conjure up images of groundbreaking stand-up routines and paintings that inspire awe hundreds of years after the artist's final brush stroke. But creativity isn't just possessed by a brilliant few. All of us—from accountants to event planners—regularly perform creative acts. It's what allows us to reorient a project gone awry or capture the perfect shot of our friend beaming at their birthday party. Our brains already have the built-in machinery to be wildly creative—some of us just need a bit of clarity on the process. This lively series provides you with precisely that. Get weekly tips that can help you nurture your spontaneous impulses, reignite dormant creative powers, and leverage your innate creativity in all areas of your life. New instructors will be introduced as the course unfolds, allowing you to access a variety of unique takes on the creative process. Tune in every week for a new tip.

    Note: Because this is an ongoing series, viewers will not receive a certificate of completion.


    • Click here to view Julian Velard’s instructor page

      Julian Velard

      Singer, Songwriter, Pianoman

      • Julian Velard is a songwriter, piano virtuoso, and musical director.

        Julian's musical stylings and comedic timing have made him a fixture in both the comedy and music scenes in his native America and have created cult followings overseas in the UK and the Netherlands. His music initially took hold a decade ago, where praise from The Guardian, Time Out London, and The Sunday Times led to a major label record deal.

        He's toured internationally as an opening act for artists such as Jamie Cullum, Paul Carrack, and Goldfrapp, and he has shared the stage with a host of comedians including Will Ferrell and Reggie Watts. Julian's latest album, Fancy Words for Failure, was profiled in the Wall Street Journal.
    • Click here to view Stefan Mumaw’s instructor page

      Stefan Mumaw

      Creative Director at First Person

      • Stefan Mumaw is the director of narrative strategy at First Person, a story and experience design shop.

        In addition to his work with First Person—the San Francisco-based company where he currently leverages his storytelling expertise—Stefan has authored six books, the most recent being Creative Boot Camp, a 30-day crash course on creativity. Previously, he authored Chasing the Monster Idea, Redesigning Websites, and Simple Websites, and co-authored Caffeine for the Creative Team and Caffeine for the Creative Mind with Wendy Lee Oldfield. He has spoken at numerous creative industry gatherings over the years and has been known to embarrass himself and those around him if given the opportunity.
    • Click here to view Amy Wynne’s instructor page

      Amy Wynne

      Artist, Explorer and Creative Catalyst

      • Amy Wynne is a nationally exhibited painter and fine arts professor at Clark University.

        Amy lives and works in Pawtucket, RI. She exhibits in galleries nationally and has work in private and corporate collections. She holds an MFA in painting from the New York Academy of Art and a BA in art history and cultural anthropology from Smith College. Amy is Rhode Island School of Design's certificate advisor and received their Teacher of Excellence Award in 2015.

        She has been teaching college-level classes in painting and drawing for 25 years at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Holy Cross College; Boston College; and Clark University. She offers private workshops and is the author of the Drawing Foundations: Figure course on

        Amy also writes a weekly blog called Meanderings on Process and Creativity. For more information on Amy and to see more of her work, please visit her website,
    • Click here to view Ben Long’s instructor page

      Ben Long

      Photographer, Teacher, Writer, Videographer

      • Ben Long is an award-winning photographer and senior editor at Macworld magazine.

        Ben is a San Francisco-based photographer, writer, and teacher. The author of over two dozen books on digital photography and digital video, he is also a senior contributing editor to Macworld magazine, and a senior editor at His photography clients have included 20th Century Fox, Blue Note Records, Global Business Network, the San Francisco Jazz Festival, the Pickle Family Circus, and Grammy-nominated jazz musicians Don Byron and Dafnis Prieto. He has taught and lectured on photography around the world, including workshops at the Santa Reparata International School of Art in Florence and a class for imaging engineers at Apple, Inc. He occasionally dabbles in computer programming, and has written image editing utilities that are used by National Geographic, the British Museum, and the White House.
    • Click here to view Denise Jacobs’ instructor page

      Denise Jacobs

      • Denise Jacobs a speaker, author, and creativity evangelist who unlocks creativity in people and workplaces.

        As the cofounder and CEO of The Creative Dose, Denise focuses on increasing employee productivity and engagement through evangelizing leading-edge techniques for busting through creative blocks in order help individuals to unblock their creativity, ignite innovation, cultivate collaboration, and develop leadership skills..

        Through speaking, writing, training, and consulting, Denise helps companies to create real-world results where individuals and teams work better, produce more, and skyrocket their company's success. Learn more at

    Skills covered in this course

  • Be bad on purpose

    - When writing my book, "The CSS Detective Guide," my inner critic was so strong at one point that I was totally blocked. But, because I was on a tight deadline, I didn't have time to wallow in it. I had to figure out a way to kick my writing back into gear. In order to trick and hack my creative brain, I did this, I gave myself permission to be bad. I told myself, "Okay, I'm going to write a really bad sentence. "Then, I'm going to write an awful paragraph. "And this whole chapter just won't be good." When I made it okay to not be perfect, brilliant, and clever, I opened up the space for something to come out, and then I could work with whatever that was. The irony? The really bad writing that I allowed myself wasn't actually all that bad. And, in retrospect, I realized that no matter whether I wrote something good or not, it would still have to be edited. Being bad on purpose totally takes off the mental pressure.…

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