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Episode 18: Creativity in Research and Writing

This episode is a conversation with Elaine Gale, a brilliant writer and writing teacher. She talks about creativity within both the research and writing process. We cover many topics including faith in the creative process, guilt, shame, building muscles around the creative process, resistance, surrendering to the beauty of the creative process, the connection between fear, love, and creativity, and tips to get past the creative blocks.

What You’ll Learn

  • Where guilt and shame stem from in creativity and writing
  • How Michael Jackson can help you be more creative
  • How to build muscles around the creative process
  • The connection between fear, love, and creativity
  • The importance of reconnecting what you love

About Elaine Gale

Dr. Elaine Gale is a California-based writer, professor, comedian, speaker, trainer and journalist who co-founded the nonfiction literary series TrueStory and loves artists, writers, community, humor, play, possibility, healing, exploring and learning. She is a former reporter for the Los Angeles Times, and worked for the Utne Reader, the Star Tribune, the Boston Phoenix and has published in many national mainstream and literary magazines. She is the writing center director for Antioch University’s PhD Program in Leadership and Change and a tenured professor at California State University Sacramento in Communication and Journalism.


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The Weekly Challenge

This week Elaine Gale challenges us to explore how we can bring a sense of curiosity in our life and examine what can we approach with a beginner’s mind. More details in the podcast. 



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  • Amy Inspires Creativity Growth in Everyone
    January 5, 2022 by cjpowers7 from United States

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    May 26, 2019 by Dhensch from United States

    Amy Climer hit a home run with this podcast and continues to get hits with every episode. I was hooked with the first one and binge-listened to the four solo episodes about the Creative Problem Solving process. Her knowledge of the subject of creativity and innovation is incredibly deep. And, she makes it easy for others to learn and apply. I have listened to other "expert" podcasts and Amy's is different in that she holds nothing back. Episode after episode offer practical insights, tips and tools. She has a generosity of spirit that is contagious.

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