Dear Creative Friends,
So glad you found your way here today! I have some great news to share with you.
In 2000 I founded Creativity Portal as an online repository and dynamic community for creatives of all kinds to both enjoy and participate in. This growing resource has connected individuals with essential creative content, tools, and resources and access to thought leaders and coaches who make a true difference in our world.
As we enter our 21st year online, our vision is to continue to hold invaluable online space to foster creativity, uplift, inspire, and inform. Thriving independent Web sites like ours are fueled by passion and integrity and we need to continue to find mutually beneficial ways for sustainability. This is why we're thrilled to offer eScribr, an all-access model for you to directly connect with our creative content.
Yes, for the small price of a cup of coffee, you can enjoy browsing through two decades of our online library and receive special updates in your inbox when we publish new content.
Please support the things you enjoy online, especially those that fuel your creative spirit and feed your soul. If Creativity Portal is a place like that for you, we're honored.
—Chris Dunmire, Creativity Portal
For over two decades Chris Dunmire has collaborated with hundreds of artists, authors, writers, coaches, therapists, and thought leaders to produce creativity-inspiring content, expansive series and columns, reflective interviews, engaging writing prompts, and stimulating projects on the award-winning Creativity Portal Web site. Sign up for eScribir for direct access now.
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Invitation to Authors
We want to hear from you! If your new (or about-to-be published) book explores creativity through an expressive, therapeutic, holistic, spiritual, or practical lens, or is related to art, writing, crafting, or other modes of creative expression please contact us and tell us about it.
Bestselling author SARK includes Creativity Portal as an "excellent writing resource" in her colorfully artful signature-style hand-printed book Juicy Pens, Thirsty Paper: Gifting the World with Your Words and Stories and Creating the Time and Energy to Actually DO It.
Gayle V. Davidson-Shivers and Karen L. Rasmussen use Creativity Portal as an example "portal structure" Web site in Web-Based Learning: Design, Implementation, and Evaluation.
Jill Badonsky shares short, inspiring stories designed to relax and set free the creativity of the listener with painless wisdom and laughter.
Jill is author/illustrator of three books on creativity, inspirational humorist, creator and trainer of Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coaching Certification Training, workshop and retreat leader, and certified yoga instructor.
Creativity Portal is a multi-year recipient of the golden Writer's Digest '101 Best Websites for Writers' award. This illustrious award is given annually to select Web sites in eight categories ranging from creativity and writing advice to agents and publishing/marketing resources. We're honored!
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The English Journal is "NCTE's award-winning journal of ideas for English language arts teachers in junior and senior high schools and middle schools." In this affirming review, editor Colleen A. Ruggieri highlights Creativity Portal's dynamic writing and blogging tools, expanding writing and photo prompt library, and examples of useful articles teachers can use to inspire writing in the classroom.
Premium subscriber content includes:
Mindfulness with Eckhart Tolle
If you've found Eckhart Tolle's perspective-shifting book, The Power of Now a useful accompaniment to moving through your days, then you are already primed to use the practice of mindfulness as an in-way to accessing your own sacred creative space. Here's three ways the Journal can help you combine mindfulness practices with creative action.
This hidden treasure's inspired untold teachers, students, and writers since 2009. Our photo-prompt-a-day feature is the result of the collaborative efforts of scores of artists, photographers, writers, teachers, and creatives worldwide who answered the call to participate. Their contributions combined personal pictures, images, art, and illustrations with global perspectives to spark your imagination.
Writing with Cynthia Morris
In The Busy Woman's Guide to Writing a World-Changing Book, author Cynthia Morris leads writers along a path of possibility to writing a book that will, at the very least, change your world and maps the essential terrain needed to get there: developing an author mindset, getting started with writing, managing content, and finishing your book.
Writing with Elizabeth Kracht
Literary agent Elizabeth Kracht observes that even really good manuscripts have weak spots that are enough to garner rejection from agents and publishers. Most problems are easy to fix, and Kracht offers pointed advice for easily avoiding bad writing habits in 11 key areas with 5 decisive questions for review with your own writing.
Writing with Cynthia Morris
Author and writing coach Cynthia Morris leads writers to creating a productive writer's life through a priorities inventory, overcoming excuses, and realizing their most valuable writing tool.
Engage your innate world of imagination and uncover hidden gems through the element of surprise. Open to possibilities and allow this inspirational instrument to help you reach beyond the surface and dip deeply into your creative well. Are you ready?
Writing with Natalie Goldberg
Classic Writing Down the Bones author Natalie Goldberg offers an abundance of wisdom for writers through interviews and selections: Beginner's Mind, Pen and Paper; Engendering Compassion; Alleviating Writer's Anxiety; Warning! (To Writers); What is Practice?; Flourishing in Your Writing; and more.
Mindful Writing with Satya Robyn
Satya Robyn is a novelist, psychotherapist, Buddhist priest and the co-founder of Writing Our Way Home. Through the practice of mindful writing, Satya leads you through the experiences of slowing down, fear, gratitude, and joy.
Author Jeannine McGlade is an expert on creativity and innovation and takes you through nine strategies to spark your creative genius in this engaging series.
Welcome to the green, your blank canvas to engage in creative thinking and play!
Susan Ann Darley
Susan Ann Darley, founder of Alzati Leadership Coaching, affirms that everyone is creative and urges, "It's time for each person to own this and use it to solve our challenges and heal the world." This consciousness-raising series explores opportunities to raise our awareness through excerpts from The Talent Show along with expanding our awareness around the freedom and responsibility we have through our individual and collective creative power.
The Bright Way with Diana Rowan
From an early age Diana Rowan knew she was destined to be a musician, but experienced crippling performance anxiety that caused her to give up her dreams of being a professional musician. After a deep spiritual, emotional, and psychological journey, Rowan found her way back to living her creative dreams and shares her journey in this inspiring series based on The Bright Way: Five Steps to Freeing the Creative Within.
My Creative Space with Donald M. Rattner
Your home is more than a castle; it's a catalyst for creative ideas. In this expansive series based on his book My Creative Space: How to Design Your Home to Stimulate Ideas and Spark Innovation, award-winning architect and educator Donald M. Rattner explains how simple and accessible techniques for shaping your home can boost creativity and spark innovation.
Self-Care with Linda Dessau
Why is it important to our well-being to connect? Self-care coach Linda Dessau takes a close-up look into why different forms of connection are vital to our health and happiness and ways to connect with others, our body, strengths, thoughts, surroundings, inner artist, and muse.
Bridge to Oneness with Roslyn Rus
Roslyn Rus is an empathic workshop facilitator and writer who helps individuals to explore who they truly through their own personal Journey of Self Discovery. This series includes activities from her book Bridge to Oneness: An Interactive Spiritual Workbook for Here and Now to help you connect and reconnect with your divine spark, inner child, and global village of teachers.
Personal Power Through Awareness
What is intuition, and how does it operate? In this selection from her groundbreaking Personal Power through Awareness: A Guidebook for Sensitive People Sanaya Roman explores ways we can tune into our intuitive intelligence as part of our creative process, inner guidance with a four-step exercise.
Creativity with Peter Clothier
Peter Clothier is a long time observer of the contemporary art world, and a widely published writer. Enjoy thoughtful conversation and pieces from Persist, Slow Looking, and Mind Work.
Illumination with Tom Evans
Imagineer Tom Evans invites you to change the way you think so your mind works to your advantage and you are not a slave to your thoughts.
Kaizen-Muse with Jill Badonsky
Meet Jill Badonsky's amusing muses Aha-phrodite, Albert, Marge, Bea Silly, Spills, Audacity, Lull, Shadow, Muse Song, and Arnold (the Bodyguard) and learn how they can masterfully guide you through the stages of your creative process.
How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci
Leonardo da Vinci was not only a great artist, but a scientist and inventor as well. Based on Michael Gelb's How To Think Like Leonardo da Vinci: Seven Steps to Genius Every Day, this series delves into da Vinci's methods and habits related to his creative explorations and inventive accomplishments with practical advice on applying the principles to develop and enhance your creative life today.
Managing Through COVID-19
Useful tools off the beaten path in the spirit of "what might help?" to manage through these challenging times. Features: Attending to Self-care; Managing the Spaces in Between; and Connecting and Reconnecting.
Eric Maisel on Creativity
Creativity coaching pioneer Eric Maisel is the author of Making Your Creative Mark, The Van Gogh Blues, Mastering Creative Anxiety, Brainstorm, and many other books on creativity.
Innovative Art Tutorial
Collage Cubies are a fun play on traditional collage art which results in a three-dimensional sculpture with delightful, and often unexpected results. This step-by-step project includes two printable Collage Cubie templates for large and small cubes. Try making Collage Cubies once and you'll never view paper collage art from 'inside the box' again!
Guided Imagery intertwines words and imagination to evoke positive scenarios and possibilities to stimulate and inspire your creativity. This collection of meditations center around the themes of discovery, expansion, surrender, nurturing, trust, courage, play, freedom, and comfort, inspired by the Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coaching™ model developed by Jill Badonsky with Robert Maurer, PhD.
This inspiring piece by Kelle Walsh demonstrates how we all possess the tools necessary to expand our creative horizons, and it's learning to use them, and then applying them in everything we do, that counts. Features 9 creativity tips, interview excerpts from Creativity Portal founder Chris Dunmire, and 10 ways to be creative right now.
SARK on Creativity
Our juicy collection where best selling author and artist SARK (Susan Ariel Rainbow Kennedy) explores creativity, inner critics, change and loss, and perfectionism.
Zen Buddhism with Alan Watts
In Zen, Watts captures the essence of Zen Buddhism as a religion and a way of life, including the influence of Zen in the arts. Includes The Momentous Harmony, The Cultural Effects of Zen, and Direct Pointing.