“Productivity” is a word which has taken on pretty toxic meanings over the last few years. It’s resulted in an increased pressure on creative folks, especially those who run their own businesses or are self employed, and with the last year adding additional unknowns and worries on top of that, we thought this would be the ideal theme for our debut event since rebranding to CrissCross (formally NorwichAOI).
Join us for an evening of discussion, questions, venting, and activities surrounding healthy creativity and the ways we can reshape and rethink our creative processes in healthier ways!
Discarding the old rhetorics of “the hustle” and working 24/7 and replacing them with skills and habits which will not only help us feel more recharged, but also give our creativity a good boost. It’s the perfect opportunity to explore your own working techniques, forge new ones, and discover that the struggles you feel aren’t yours alone; we’re all in this tricky headspace together! From imposter syndrome, to art blocks, to learning not to feel guilty for taking much needed breaks.
On top of all that, we’ll be joined by the incredible Aki Schilz, Director of The Literary Consultancy (the UK’s longest-running editorial consultancy for writers), all-round literary wizard, and regular writer & speaker on all things publishing, systematic change within the publishing industry (as founder of the #BookJobTransparency campaign for which she was shortlisted for a Women in Publishing Award), and working healthily. Her fantastic article “We need to talk about productivity” in The Bookseller is particularly relevant.
As well as having an in-depth chat with Aki – and plenty of questions! – we’ll also be setting some creative tasks to do during and after the session, so bring a sketchbook and your biggest mug of tea; it’s going to be one not to miss.
Everybody welcome, we can’t wait to see you all!
The AOI would like to make events accessible to all, where possible. Please let us know your access requirements one week in advance by emailing [email protected]