Hello AUP Students,

It was a pleasure meeting your class on April 13th. You are such an engaged and international group, and I can see how Professors Greene and Dafydd have created an open atmosphere where students are invited to learn, engage, debate, and explore their creative process. I have already had the opportunity to read some of your work and look forward receiving more submissions in the coming weeks.

Although I had prepared this long inspiring talk to give your class, it was more interesting that we also had a chance to go off script so that I could hear your stories. The Creative Process is not limited to publishing pieces written in English, and I think it will be especially interesting to include bilingual and cross-genre work which could be anchored to pieces about your AUP professor and/or other participating writers. In addition to travelling to leading American and European universities, the exhibition will also be shown at some universities in Asia, South America, and the Middle East. Many participating universities are hosting exhibitions to coincide with their annual literary festivals, centennial celebrations, etc. If you would like to get involved in these events, editorial, or other aspects of the educational initiative, please indicate this in your submission. 

Thank you for participating in The Creative Process!

Your sincerely,

Mia Funk
Artist, interviewer, and founder of The Creative Process
Member of the National Advisory Council of the American Writers Museum

Pieces submitted may be shown as part of the interlinking online exhibition and included in the projection elements of our exhibitions at universities.

Video submissions should be uploaded to YouTube or Vimeo (public access). Please copy and paste the link(s) into your submission form.

We are currently collaborating with leading writers and film schools on short films, intensive workshops, and special 4th year courses combining literature and film. If you think your university would like to get involved in this initiative or is already producing films they might like to screen at venues participating in The Creative Process, please forward this information to the relevant department. Recent/forthcoming film collaborations include adaptations of the writing of Bruno Schulz, Stanislas Lem, Wislawa Szymborska, and Etgar Keret, among others. These films are the result of collaborations with Lodz Film School, University of Tel Aviv, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, and other film schools.

More about The Creative Process and how you can get involved:

The Creative Process traveling exhibition brings together over 100 leading writers and creative thinkers in iconic portraits and engaging interviews, exploring such topics as creativity, critical thinking, the environment, education, technology, gender and social equality, spirituality, and the future. The project grew out of my work for the American Writers Museum, Dublin Writers Museum, and other literary organizations.

The Creative Process celebrates the idea that originality comes about when creative convergences occur. Conversations which take place between art and literature, music and poetry, hip-hop and musicals, translation and other interpretative arts, short story and film are the theme of our initiative. Professors Jeffrey Greene, Siân Melangell Dafydd, Daniel Medin, Dan Gunn...are doing great work in these areas. We are interested in publishing the creative works you have produced during your time as their students.
Your submissions may be linked to a brief interview we conduct with your professor and/or one of our other participating writers. They can also appear in the projection elements of the traveling exhition.

Excerpts of some of our in-depth interviews can be found on our website. To coincide with the opening of the American Writers Museum, we will begin publishing the full-length interviews across a network of university and national literary magazines (LA Review of Books, Tin House, Columbia Journal...)

There are many ways to get involved in The Creative Process:

–interviews and editorial
–participation in short film workshops and curriculum integration
–publishing work you have produced at AUP (writing, films, cross-genre work...)

For more details, see our submissions page and see this page for additional information.

Quick links to work by some participating writers, professors, and students:

"Love, Suddenly: Etgar Keret Invents Hebrew Romance" by Dr. Yaron Peleg (University of Cambridge) 

"Hilary Mantel and the historical novel by Dr. Sara Knox (University of Western Sydney)

"The Choreographer" by Gerald Fleming (poet and teacher)

"Is she really a woman?" by Professor Sian Melangyll Dafydd (American University of Paris)

"Class-Consciousness, Violence, and Dystopia in George Saunders' Vision of Contemporary America" by Juliana Nalerio (PhD researcher, Stanford)

Work from a student taking part in our Pure Imagination High School Program:
"My Name is Lie" by Victoria Velez (New Britain High School, CT)
This program, which involves students at both ends of the educational spectrum, has been endorsed by Noam Chomsky.