Creative Spark Workshop


About the Workshop

Creative people have a certain spark: a brightness in their eyes, an inquisitive way of looking at the world, a desire to make things. But that spark doesn’t reside solely in people seen as creators. It’s in all of us, just waiting to break out. This workshop will talk about cultivating our creativity in whatever ways we choose to express ourselves.

This workshop is perfect for creatives, authors, poets, artists, and those who want to deepen their creativity.

This workshop is open to all members of Redwood Writers, California Writers Club, and to the public.



Michael Shapiro is the author of The Creative Spark: How musicians, writers, explorers, and other artists found their inner fire and followed their dreams, published in late 2019. The book is a collection of interviews and biographical sketches that serve as inspiration for creative endeavors. Among those Shapiro interviewed: Smokey Robinson, Lucinda Williams, Francis Ford Coppola, Pico Iyer, Jane Goodall, Amy Tan, David Sedaris, and Barbara Kingsolver.

A freelance journalist, Shapiro’s features have appeared in the Washington Post, New York Times, Chicago Tribune, and Los Angeles Times. He’s written for magazines including National Geographic, Saturday Evening Post, The Sun, and Alaska Beyond. He’s even profiled Jane Goodall for O the Oprah magazine. Shapiro’s first literary book, A Sense of Place, is a collection of interviews with the world’s leading travel authors including Bill Bryson, Jan Morris, Peter Matthiessen, Isabel Allende, and Paul Theroux.

For this book, Shapiro traveled to the authors’ houses, such as Frances Mayes’ home in Tuscany, to write about what place meant to them, not just the places to which they traveled, but the places they chose to call home.




Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021
6 – 7:30 p.m.

During the workshop, there will be ample time for questions.
The session will be recorded for attendees.


(You will receive login details after you register.)


Members: $25
Non-Members: $35

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Judy Baker



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