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The Love Affair Between Creativity and Constraint | Tess Callahan | TEDxNewarkAcademy

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Published on Oct 20, 2016

Can we boost our creative goals by constraining them? Novelist and teacher Tess Callahan explores a counter-intuitive method of unleashing creativity by putting chains on it. Like Houdini, the imagination likes to use its wits to unshackle itself. This talk explores artists and writers who sought out constraints to leverage inspiration. Innovation needs a boundary to push against. Shakespeare did it. Countless artists and innovators have done it. Discover how to give your own creativity a wild dare.

Tess Callahan is the author of the novel APRIL & OLIVER published by Grand Central Publishing (USA), Random House (UK), and by publishers in Italy and The Netherlands. Her short fiction and nonfiction have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, National Public Radio’s “Three Books” series, the Best American Poetry blog, AGNI (Pushcart Prize nomination) and Narrative Magazine (Story of the Week). Thanks to a dare she gave herself in this TEDx talk, her new novel is rapidly unfolding. Tess coordinates the Creative Writing Program at Newark Academy in New Jersey and has created a resource blog of writing tools for her students and all aspiring writers: www.muse-feed.com. You can find more information about her work at www.tesscallahan.com.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx

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