How To Be Creative

How To Be Creative

Einstein said that we’re all born geniuses - gently suggesting that a lot of us must therefore have been educated into mediocrity.

 We know from small children that there does indeed appear to be a native spark in them which too often dies out in adults. We are not naive about some of the good reasons why this is: adult responsibilities and duties are crucial.

 However, too often something of genuine importance has been lost, which can be usefully captured by the word 'creativity.' In this class, we wonder where creativity goes once childhood ends, and what we might do to recover the best and most useful aspects of it.

 The class employs a range of experiments to help us gain practical access to our latent creative selves. We discover how to boost a key ingredient of creativity: confidence. We explore why intuition, play and daydreaming are essential to innovation. We find out how blocks and boredom can, paradoxically, become creative triggers. We take an honest look at what motivation we need to sustain us, and examine ancient and modern wisdom on how to handle failure and setbacks - all in the name of unearthing our intelligent and mature creative potential.


Our classes have been designed to give useful insights around the big themes in life. You’ll be challenged to think deeply about the issues that matter most, and provided with a space to share your thoughts, ideas and experiences with other curious, open-minded individuals.

These sessions are designed by experts and taught by members of our faculty. They include a mix of lecture, conversation and group activity.  Optional homework is provided for those interested in further study.


This class has been formally accredited by the CPD Certification Service. Continuing Professional Development accreditation means this course has reached the required standards and benchmarks, and that the learning value of the class has been scrutinised to ensure integrity and quality. The CPD Certification Service provides recognised independent CPD accreditation compatible with global CPD standards.


This class is part of our EQ Certificate Programme. For more information about how to enrol at The School of Life please click here


An Introduction to The School of Life

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The School of Life
70 Marchmont Street

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I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed the class. It gave so much to think about and was great fun too. So thank you so much to Cathy who delivered it, she was great.



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