The Creative Process: Making Your Ideas Come Alive

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Course Description

The most useful skill in the world – no matter what your field of interest – is coming up with exciting ideas and then productively making them happen. This intensive two-week course will guide students to build a creative process and workflow that allows them to sidestep fear and procrastination and happily and confidently create whatever it is they love -- essays, software, photographs, events, business ideas, music, video, and anything else they can think of! By breaking down the creative process into seven steps, from playing to scaffolding to getting the word out, students will acquire one of life’s most essential skills while completing a project of their choice.

This course will teach you a critical life skill which is almost never explicitly taught -- how to build a creative workflow that allows you to come up with exciting ideas, get started on them, revise them with feedback, and get them out into the world. Readings will explore actionable ideas of how to structure one’s creative process. Over the course of two weeks, students will start and complete a small project of their choice, learning how they personally move best through each of the seven steps of the creative process: playing, finding and choosing ideas, creating a road map, taking action, working with thoughtful feedback, finishing, and letting the work out into the world. Individual mentoring for each student will ensure that no one gets stuck.

By the end of this course, students will have learned -- by experimenting, reading, journaling, sketching, and improvising -- how their own creative process works -- what helps it, and what does not. They will have completed a creative project they are proud of and launched it into the world. Most importantly, they will enter the world ready to develop their interesting ideas into things that make the world a little bit better.

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this course, but students should be excited about creating something -- even if they don't know what it will be -- during the course. The class requires nothing special other than paper and a pen (or pencil) and whatever each student needs to complete their own project.


Course Information

  • Course Code: CEEN0931
  • Length: 2 weeks

Program Information


Brown’s Pre-College Program in the liberal arts and sciences, offering over 200 non-credit courses, one- to four-weeks long, taught on Brown’s campus. For students completing grades 9-12 by June 2019.

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