We all connect through stories. This is our story.

The Creative Process Exhibition was launched at the Sorbonne and is traveling to forty leading universities around the world. The exhibition consists of interviews with over 100 esteemed writers, including Joyce Carol Oates, Hilary Mantel, George Saunders, Paul Auster, Neil Gaiman, Isabel Allende, Tobias Wolff, Richard Ford, Junot Díaz, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Jane Smiley, Marie Darrieussecq, Maxine Hong Kingston, Yann Martel, Michel Faber, T.C. Boyle, Jay McInerney, Geoff Dyer, Dave Eggers, James Kelman, Etgar Keret, Rick Moody, A.L. Kennedy, Ann Beattie, Douglas Kennedy, Edna O'Brien, Frederic Tuten, Emma Walton, Sam Lipsyte, DBC Pierre, Robert Olen Butler, Romesh Gunesekera, and Yiyun Li, among others. Participating artists and creative thinkers include Noam Chomsky, Yuval Noah Harari, Hans-Ulrich Obrist, Harold Bloom, Saul Perlmutter, Randy Schekman, Eric Fischl, Laurie Anderson, David Hollander, Carter Burwell, Helen Harrison (Pollock-Krasner House & Study Center), Peter Boal, George Lakoff, Neil Patrick Harris, Michael Pollan, Jennifer Flay, Paul Clinton, Andrea Grover, Kohei Nawa, Alison Gopnik, Itamar Kubovy, Noelani Pantastico, Yuval Sharon, Robert Wilson, Ralph Gibson, Tony Walton, Romain Gandolphe, Axelle Pinot, FX Harsono, Jill Johnson, Michael Portnoy, Pinaree Sanpitak, Soheap Pich, Seán Curran, David Palumbo-Liu, Barbara Baert, Bruce Wolosoff, Stephen Hamilton, Conny Aerts, Miki Kratsman, Dario Maestripieri, Ellen Ullman, Mario Alberto Zambrano, and a host of others.

The exhibition also includes pieces and projection elements in memoriam Nadine Gordimer, Derek Walcott, Roy Lichtenstein, Terry Pratchett, John Berger, Jerome Robbins, Jean-Luc Goddard, George Balanchine, Raymond Queneau, David Bowie, Douglas Adams, Miguel de Cervantes, and Stephen Hawking; International Voices; celebrations of the 50th Anniversary of University of Iowa's International Writing Program and a variety of art, writing, film, dance, and educational initiatives.

Each interview is supported by imaginative portraits and artworks by Mia Funk. The exhibition is augmented by projection elements (a selection of interviews, stories, poems, artworks, essays, creative insights, short films and dance) by contributors from over 50 countries, alongside documentation of art and educational initiatives The Creative Process is involved in.
Participating universities and publications


The Creative Process takes the form of a large, hand-embellished, loose-leaf folio edition, making it ideal to exhibit on walls, stands, or display cabinets. The aim of the exhibition is to foster discussions among students and visitors about literature, the creative process, and the importance of the humanities. In these insightful interviews, writers and creative thinkers discuss their work and themes, touching upon issues of greatest importance to us today.


Participating universities are gifted their own hand-embellished, limited edition for their archives.* Literature, Humanities, and STEM departments are invited to participate in interviews and contribute text to the forward of their edition so that every exhibition is a unique representation of the creative contributions of each university and their region. Projection elements further expand the scope of the exhibition, document various educational initiatives, and make The Creative Process adaptable to any exhibition space.
*~Ledger/A3 Format.

Created with kind support from the Fondation Jan Michalski



Our culture has started to think about writing and the humanities as if they are peripheral and negotiable... But the only way people move toward freedom is to come to some understanding of what is enslaving them, and that, in essence, is what the humanities are. –GEORGE SAUNDERS


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Recent/Forthcoming Projects, Collaborations and Exhibitions

April 4th-June 30th, 2018 – University Library of Leuven, Flanders, Belgium
Exhibition of The Creative Process on the occasion of ECHIC's European Conference for the Humanities
 “Equip & Engage: Research and Dissemination Infrastructures for the Humanities”. Papers and discussions focused around challenges connected to digital scholarship in the humanities and the dissemination and impact of the results of this research.

Includes interviews and portraits of notable KU Leuven faculty (Ortwin de Graef, Barbara Baert, Conny Aerts, Jan Baetens, Jan Masschelein, Wendy Morris, Agnes Moors, Stéphane Symons), Herman Servotte Lecturers (James Kelman, A.L. Kennedy, Nadine Gordimer, Derek Walcott, Jennifer Egan) and leading creative thinkers in the humanities Jane Ohlmeyer (Erasmus Smith's Professor of Modern History at Trinity College, Dublin, director of the Trinity Long Room Hub Arts & Humanities Research Institute and chair of the Irish Research Council) and Martin Paul Eve (Professor of Literature, Technology and Publishing at Birkbeck College, University of London), among others.

May 2018, University of Salamanca - 800th Anniversary Exhibition
A celebration of creative thinkers past and present linked to the university to be showcased alongside our core interviews and international content.


May 2018, American University of Paris
Combes Gallery, 6 rue Colonel Combes, 75007
The Creative Process exhibition
Projection elements
, bringing together interviews and insights and by leading creative thinkers with a selection of interviews, stories, poems, artworks, essays, short films and dance work by contributors from over 50 countries, alongside documentation of art and educational initiatives The Creative Process is involved in. Created in collaboration with faculty and students of American University of Paris.

September - Art/Music/Dance workshops with the students of École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts and Cours Florent inspired by the creative works of artists and musicians from the Hamptons, NY area. Artworks made at workshops to be shown in the The Creative Process’ traveling exhibition.

October - Continuing interviews and educational engagement with FIAC - Foire internationale d’art contemporain. One of the oldest international art fairs, each October FIAC takes over the city, occupying the Grand Palais with exhibitions and related events at a host of museums and public spaces across Paris–Petit Palais, Tuileries Gardens, Musée Eugène Delacroix, Place Vendôme, among others. 1,500+ artists / 75,000+ spectators

October-November - Sag Harbor / Hamptons, NY
Artist in Residence - Fischl/Gornik Residency

Collective art projects, workshops, interviews, and public art initiatives conducted with the participation of the community, local artists, educators, students, and selected members of the Academy of Guild Hall, in celebration of the region's "deep and rich tradition of the arts." Timed to coincide with the AIR Fall program at Guild House.


It is our pleasure to do our small part to support all the good work of UNICEF and to celebrate them in our Art of Activism section alongside our participating writers and creative thinkers who are UN Goodwill Ambassadors, committed activists and strong believers in creating art for the public good.

Working very closely with UNICEF France through the Paris Comite, Campus UNICEF’s vision is:
"A world where the rights of every child are realized. In everything we do, we work to achieve a world where all children, especially the most vulnerable and disadvantaged, have equal opportunities to survive and thrive."

April 26th, 8pm - LITWINGS at La Caféothèque, 52 Rue de l'Hôtel de Ville, 75004
Presentation of The Creative Process and projection elements
Talk by Mia Funk with the participation of The Creative Process team

The event brings together international writers, photographers, and filmmakers to highlight their wide-ranging work, the paths of their careers, and the creative process of one particular project. Past presenters include National Geographic photographers, New York Times bestselling authors, and Emmy award winning filmmakers sharing work that highlights Vietnam, Azerbaijan, Nairobi, Cuba, Scotland, and many other places around the globe. Past guests, including Catherine Karnow, Anne Korkeakivi, Vanessa Croccini, Ken Schneider and Michael Shapiro.

Hosted by writer and The Creative Process contributor Erin Byrne, LitWings symbolizes art that lifts the spirit, and the "lit-up" wings of illuminated travel, both of which are themes in my travel essays, poetry, screenplays and fiction; and in the work of each presenter.

April 29th, AUPx, American University of Paris, 10am to 5pm
Combes Building, 1st Floor, 6 rue du Colonel Combes, 75007
Presentation of The Creative Process and projection elements
Talk by Mia Funk with the participation of The Creative Process team, in preparation for TEDx talk.

March 20-24, 2018 – Paris  
Exhibition and a series of cross-genre workshops encompassing acting, writing, art, music and dance, in collaboration with Good Chance, associate company of The Young Vic Theatre. “A varied programme of music, drama, poetry, movement and debate, for and by the inhabitants of the camp, occupies the Good Chance theatre six days a week. All by itself it proclaims that life without culture is nothing but biology in survival mode.” –Sir Tom Stoppard in The Sunday Times
Workshops include engagements with the work of writers and artists participating in The Creative Process and selected members of Guild Hall Academy, Hamptons.



Mia Funk’s portraits of writers and artists appear in many public collections, including the U.S. Library of Congress, Dublin Writers Museum, Office of Public Works, American Writers Museum (forthcoming), and other museums and culture centers. Funk has received many awards and honors, including the Prix de Peinture from the Salon d’Automne de Paris and has exhibited at the Grand Palais, Paris. She was commissioned by the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival to paint their 30th-anniversary commemorative painting of over 20 jazz legends. Her paintings of Francis Bacon and Lucian Freud won the Thames & Hudson Pictureworks Prize and were exhibited in Brussels for Bacon’s centenary, in Paris at the American University, as well as international arts festivals in Europe. As a writer and interviewer, contributes to various national publications. She served on the National Advisory Council of the American Writers Museum 2016-17.

The Creative Process exhibition is being held at leading universities around the world. The list of participating universities and institutions is presently being completed. If you’d like to take part in this celebration of the humanities, please contact us.

If you are a writer or creative thinker and would like to participate in The Creative Process, contact mia@creativeprocess.info .



Some of the universities and institutions participating in the physical and/or interlinking online exhibition:
Sorbonne, UC Berkeley, MIT, Columbia, Oxford, Princeton, University of Edinburgh, University of Milan, University of Toronto, University of Salamanca, Trinity College Dublin, University of Hong Kong, McGill University, American Writers Museum, Dublin Writers Museum, University of Iowa, NYU, University of Pennsylvania, Duke University,  University of Warsaw, Stony Brook University, University of Peloponnese (with the participation of Athens School of Fine Arts, National Museum of Modern Art, and The Athens & Epidaurus Festival),
University of Melbourne, Łódź Film School, University of Chicago, Boston University, Indiana University, University of Leuven, FIAC, Antioch College, University of Michigan, University of British Columbia, Tel Aviv University, among others.

We will be capping the number of universities participating in the physical exhibition of The Creative Process at 40 leading universities around the world. Over a hundred university and national literary magazines will be participating in the interlinking online exhibition.

Some of the participating magazines: Tin House, The Iowa Review, LA Review of Books, AGNI, Stanford Daily, Penn Review, Nassau Literary Review, The Literary Review, Berkeley Fiction Review, Euphony Journal, The Rice Review, New American Writing, The VEG Magazine, Columbia Journal, Washington Square Review, Antithesis Journal, PRISM international, Notre Dame Review, La macchina sognante/The Dreaming Machine, Versal (Netherlands), Magazine, Ninth Letter, Going Down Swinging (Australia), Echolocation, Michigan Quarterly Review, Spittoon Literary Magazine & Arts Collective (Beijing), New Flash Fiction Reviewamong others.

The portraits and artworks for The Creative Process are paintings executed in oil, watercolor, pastel, encre de Chine and other mediums. The black and white photographs on this page are for illustrative purposes only and are not the copyright of Mia Funk.