A HUGE thank you to everyone out there for participating in The Creative Process! Very awesome of all of you. We've created a new link for artists and creative thinkers. We're open to new ideas and we'd love to hear from you. If you would be interested submitting your work and participating in a brief interview, it may be included on www.creativeproces.info, shown as part of the projection elements of the traveling exhibition, and excerpted by participating literary/arts magazines. Submission Form · Submit Your Short Film · Submit Your Visual Artwork


What is The Creative Process?
A travelling exhibition of interviews and portraits of writers from around the world. The Creative Process is being exhibited at leading universities and selected literary museums. As a part of our non-profit international educational initiative, we are publishing poems, stories, essays, and creative works broadly related to the author interviews, which will appear in a network of university and national literary magazines.

What kind of works are you looking for?
We aim for pieces which are characteristic of a writer’s style or voice. Favorite pieces or works which have already resonated strongly with your readers which we can share with a wider audience. But you may also send us a more experimental, uncharacteristic piece, or excerpt of a work in progress to show range. Feel free to make more than one submission. We welcome all genres and disciplines.
When previously published, we will include the usual acknowledgments. We find publishers are happy with their author’s participation in our non-profit educational initiative and will often retweet/Facebook share same.

I notice pieces are often linked to a citation by another writer. How is this chosen?
To open the conversation and celebrate the fact that writers are often “in dialog” with each other, The Creative Process chooses a citation by an interviewed writer and includes this alongside your piece. You may also suggest a citation by an author we have not interviewed.

Can I send artwork to accompany my submission?
Yes. Feel free to send us photos of yourself, related images, book covers, and artworks, which may accompany your piece or be used as a starting point for a new artwork/collaboration with the artist Mia Funk.

I’d like to get involved in other aspects of the traveling exhibition and educational initiative.
That’s great. There are many ways to get involved. Let us know on the submission form, and we’ll send you more information. One of our educational initiatives is collaborating with leading film schools, writers, and the non-profit initiative Storyvid on the creation of short films.  Read more >

Through film workshops and special 4th-year courses dedicated to combining film and literature, students and faculty collaborate on the short film adaptations. If you would like to participate in this, please fill out the Short Film Collaborations section of the submission form and your piece(s) will be added to a selection of work available for adaptation. If your story is selected, you will be contacted by the participating film school, and there may be opportunities to collaborate further in the filmmaking process. When the film is made, you will be gifted with an original artwork by Mia Funk inspired by your writing. (Estimated value of artwork: €1,500.)

How should I submit audio/videos? What are you looking for? Is interpretation open?
Yes, interpretation is open. You might submit audio/video where you are reading your work, discussing your creative process, or other A/V collaborations. Some writers have a background in music or performance, and it can often be interesting to read their writing alongside other expressions of their creativity.
Video submissions should be uploaded to YouTube or Vimeo (public access). Please copy and paste the link(s) into your submission form.
Audio – We support .mp3. (If you have audio in another file type and aren’t sure how to convert it, we can make the necessary conversions.)
Most smartphone recordings will automatically be compressed. For best performance, we recommend compressing your files using these specifications:
Bit Depth: 16bit / Bitrate: 128 kbps max (96 kbps for spoken word)
File Size: 160 MB or smaller. For larger files, we will link to an external host.

Don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. And thank you for participating in The Creative Process!



We welcome submissions from all genres and disciplines. We're happy to review audio and short video pieces. If submitting visual artworks (up to five jpegs), they should be accompanied by text-based responses to The Creative Process. We are primarily looking for poems, stories, memoir, theater sketches, audio, video, personal and academic essays, and other text-based forms of storytelling.
Name *
If you would like your piece to be linked to more than one author, please indicate here. We can link your piece to up to three authors. By "linked" it can be directly inspired by their work or just loosely related to ideas they discussed. You may also suggest a citation by a writer we haven't interviewed.
Your brief biography will include a link to this page. If you would like us to link to your university's and/or publisher's website, please include their websites here separated by a comma.
My piece was previously published elsewhere. This is an:
My text is written in a language other than English.
Great. We would like to include it in its original language along with a translation. If you can send us a rough English translation of an excerpt or the full text, we will be happy to assist in the translation process.
This interview may be included on The Creative Process, as part of the projection elements of the traveling exhibition, and excerpted by our network of university and national literary magazines (LA Review of Books, Tin House, The Iowa Review, Indiana Review, Berkeley Fiction Review, among others).

–How did you come to art?
–When did you realize you were an artist?

–What does art give you that life does not give you?
Looking back over your varied career, there is a lot of diversity of expression, but a strong visual style and certain motifs unite your work. How would you describe your work?
–What questions and vision motivate you (going back from your earliest pieces to your work today)?
–And what would you like people to experience when they see your art?

–Were you born into a family of artists or writers?

–Who in your childhood–for example, parent or teacher–encouraged you to pursue art and cultivate cultural interests? And which artworks had an early impact on you?

–Which artists/teachers/friends supported you on your path to becoming an artist? (including artists you may have only “met” through their work)
– Are you a teacher? What works do you recommend to your students? What do you hope your students take away from your classes? What advice do you give them?

Tracing your life through your important works, can you discuss one of your early artworks. A youthful piece which was really important to your path as an artist?
–How did it come about? How was it different from what you were doing before? –Was this the first time you felt you could call yourself an artist?
Sometimes the artworks arise by accident or as the result of random events or conversations which change our perspective. Was that the case with this artwork? Or was it an instance of following your inner vision and learning how you could do something you always wanted to do?
–How did the places and people around you at that time influence your vision?
What are you working on now? · Do you have a recently published or forthcoming book or project you’d like to share? · What are your hopes/concerns for the future of literature? What are your views on the future of communication and how technology is changing the way we communicate, read, interact with the world and our imaginations? · Considering the current state of the world, what are your hopes for our future on this planet? · What are your views on the importance of creativity and the humanities?
Ideal length: 250 to 500 words
I WOULD LIKE TO PARTICIPATE IN OTHER ASPECTS OF THE CREATIVE PROCESS (Participants will be credited in exhibitions at universities and in the interlinking online exhibition and receive a commemorative artwork for their time.) *
To help us share your essay or creative work more efficiently, please let us know the social accounts with which you would like us to share your post.
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To complete your submission, please email a .doc of your text(s) to submissions@creativeprocess.info with your name in the subject line.