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In his New York Times Bestseller "Steal Like An Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative," Austin Kleon shares dozens of inspiring quotes and stories that he stole from others. Well, I don't know that I'd call it stealing (though I think Austin would happily call it that!) but he definitely borrowed, compiled, illustrated and shared them in a fresh, inspiring way. I found myself highlighting almost every single page...jotting notes...and having semi-brilliant ideas, one of which was to finally create the Creative Oasis Book Club™.
I have shelves filled with lots and lots of fabulous books about creativity. I'll read a review in a magazine, stumble across a book on amazon.com or find an appealing title in a real live honest-to-goodness bookstore (thank goodness these still exist!) and think to myself, "I MUST OWN THIS! This will inspire and enlighten me. This will surely share the keys to the creative kingdom. This may change my life!"
Then I buy it. Then I put it on my shelf. Then I look at its spine each day longingly and think to myself, "I really should read that book someday soon." Or I'll actually start to read it and then something shiny gets my attention and I'm off in another direction. Then I read review of another great title and think to myself, "I MUST OWN THIS!" And the cycle repeats itself.
Thus, I find myself in the position of owning dozens and dozens of wonderful books on the subject of creativity of which I've only read bits and pieces. On the other hand, I also own dozens of creative books that I've visited so many times the pages are dog-earred and filled with highlights and notes and feel more like an old friend than a book.
So I thought, what better way to dive in, explore, revisit and share these books than to create a book club? Joining and creating groups as well as taking classes are wonderful ways to create the time and space for creativity in our lives. Thus – the Creative Oasis Book Club™ was born.
For our first book, we'll read "Steal Like An Artist" by Austin Kleon and meet for two 1-hour teleclasses. The wonderful thing about offering the Creative Oasis Book Club™ as a teleclass is I'll record our sessions, so if you're unable to make a call live that's okay. You can simply listen to the recording at your leisure. You'll be kept in the loop with any follow-ups and creative prompts the class receives by e-mail. To join us, register by sending me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Creative Oasis Book Club™
"Steal Like an Artist" by Austin Kleon
Two teleclass series will meet Friday April 12 & 19 from 11am to noon (central)
FREE ($50 value)
(To celebrate the first ever Creative Oasis Book Club, I'm offering this two-class series free of charge. Future teleclasses will be priced based on the length of the book and the number of classes.)
Register by emailing email@example.com.
In May, we'll read The War of Art by Steven Pressfield. You can read more about that Creative Oasis Book Club™ selection by clicking here.
Until next time, all the best from my Creative Oasis to yours,