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, Tobias Wolff, Richard Ford, Junot Díaz, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Jane Smiley, Marie Darrieussecq, Maxine Hong Kingston, Michel Faber, T.C. Boyle, Jay McInerney, Geoff Dyer, Dave Eggers, Etgar Keret, Rick Moody, Ann Beattie, Douglas Kennedy, Frederic Tuten, Sam Lipsyte, DBC Pierre, Robert Olen Butler, and Yiyun Li, among others. Participating creative thinkers include Noam Chomsky, Yuval Noah Harari, Saul Perlmutter, Randy Schekman, Eric Fischl, George Lakoff, Michael Pollan, Alison Gopnik, Yuval Sharon, Jill Johnson, Seán Curran, Miki Kratsman, Dario Maestripieri, Ellen Ullman, Mario Alberto Zambrano, and a host of others. 

Each interview is supported by colorful, intimate portraits of the author.


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.


“What I discovered and what my grandfather always taught me which was really valuable, which was so important for me, is that one can listen without asking questions and learn an enormous amount.
–Junot Díaz


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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, she produces a column and podcast for Litro (UK) and the Portrait of a Writer column for TinHouse.com, and 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 and would like to participate in The Creative Process, contact mia@creativeprocess.info . 


Some of the universities and museums participating in the physical exhibition 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, University of Melbourne, Łódź Film School, University of Chicago, Boston University, Indiana University, American University of Paris, University of Leuven, 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, Paris/Atlantic, Peacock Magazine, The Plume, Ninth Letter, Going Down Swinging (Australia), Echolocation, Michigan Quarterly Review, 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.