Second-Layer Creativity

A woman in a pink jacket walking a labyrinth path in the Pacific Northwest with a backdrop of tall treesInstructor Alex Leviton (a white woman with brown bangs and shoulder-length hair, glasses, a bright smile and pretty blue necklace. You can see PNW foliage in the background.)

Instructor: Alex Leviton
Dates: January 20, Wednesday 4pm Pacific
Duration: four weeks
Price: $240, scholarships available
Size: min four, max eight each session
Location: This class will take place in an online classroom and via Zoom, a video-conferencing platform with free accounts. Please note: You’ll receive orientation info a few days before the class starts.


This four-week workshop will help you delve into what makes your unique creativity tick and stoke those fires.

By “creativity,” we don’t just mean writing or the arts. It’s anything that requires us to connect disparate dots, experience circumstances from a different perspective, or use our insight to solve problems! So cooking counts, as does crafting, homeschooling, and simply “adjusting to a new way of life.”

Second-Layer Creativity will help you find inspiration and gain momentum to pursue your passions.  We’ll work together, step by step, to open that part of your brain where imagination and inspiration flow. You’ll devise your own Creativity Notebook to learn how your talent best operates, which you’ll build upon in each of the four sessions… and for the rest of your life!

Renowned creativity coach Alex Leviton is happiest helping students find their mojo despite barriers, challenges, or plain ol’ turmoil. Alex is also a Lonely Planet author, former start-up director, and humorist. Over the past 15 years, she’s taught second-layer creativity methodology to students, clients, writers, CEOs, and scientists in over a dozen states and countries.

Learn more about how creativity can help us cope in this Q&A with Alex Leviton.

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Week One: Set up the Scaffolding
We’ll talk prompts and take the first step towards building your Creativity Ladder. When do you feel the most inspired? What fascinates you? What are your five words? (We’ll explain in class.) Assignment: Start your with assigned brainstorms, lists, and prompts.

Week Two: Build Your Walls
To quiet the creativity Cerberus (writer’s block, self-doubt, uncertainty), authors need to build very specific kinds of walls that protect our imagination without stifling it. We’ll break down the barriers that are holding you back from that layer of creativity that makes you feel bolder, more adventurous, more like your true self.  Assignment: Continue lists and Creativity Ladder exercises. Also, make one concrete first step towards beating your unique barriers.

Week Three: Pour the Concrete
We’ll expose the Inner Critic, and how it helps and hurts us. We’ll also learn how to bypass that demon dog! Students will explore how to climb their ladder (and how to accept when your brain needs a breather). Assignment: One concrete first step towards beating your unique barriers. Continue with Creativity Manual exercises. Create a persona for your Inner Critic.

Week Four: Your Creativity House
The foundation is set! You have at least a dozen completed exercises in your Creativity Manual, you’re on a first-name basis with your Inner Critic, and you’ve taken one concrete step. What’s step two? Step three? Assignment: Mapping your next moves. Several longer Creativity Manual exercises to continue at your own pace for the next month (including a check-in and deadline with Alex six weeks later).



Where are the classes held?
This class will take place via Zoom, a video-conferencing platform with free accounts. Please note: You’ll receive instructions the day or two before the workshop starts.

You’re a writing school; is this class suitable for other creatives?
Absolutely! Alex has taught this methodology to scientists, businesspeople, dancers, musicians, doctors, etc. She’s worked with absolutely every type of writer from CEOs and beginning bloggers to New York Times contributors and professionals who don’t speak English as a native language.

Can unpublished or emerging writers benefit from this workshop?
Yeppers! Alex doesn’t teach writing; she teaches getting rid of the barriers that hold you back from accessing the second, deeper, richer layer of your own creativity. Her goal is to meet creatives and creatives-to-be where they are, so a 30-year industry veteran, an emerging talent, and a business entrepreneur will all get the same benefits.

How much time does it take?
Each week’s assignments will take 1-2 hours: mostly lists, prompts, and exercises to build up your Creativity Manual. The only traditional writing assignment is in the third week, and after the fourth and final week, you’ll have a six-week deadline to let Alex know you’ve completed the last class’s assignments (no need to hand them in; oh, she’ll know…).

Are the assignments flexible?
Yup. Your Creativity Manual is for you to keep forever and ever. Some students add 100 items to their lists or find they want more exercises, which Alex can provide. Others write five items on a list, and find that’s plenty. Grading is very important in this class, but it’s all about students grading themselves on how far they’ve climbed up their own ladders.

What if I have another question?
Please ask us! Email

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