Creativity in Lockdown – poets and editors advice during these uncertain times

How do we find our muse in these dark times? For some, I know that lockdown has deadened their creativity which is having an impact on their wellbeing, as they are also coping with isolation from friends and family. For those home schooling there’s no head space or time to write, and those working from home need a break from their laptops, they need to be doing back exercises, not crouching over editing.


Over the next few months, with the help of various poets and editors, I’ll be posting articles to help you with your writing and wellbeing, to take away the loneliness and provide inspiration or just a kind, understanding word. The poets/editors who are supporting me in this project are: Deborah Alma, Jane Commane, Robin Houghton, Sarah James/Leavesley, Jane Lovell, Cheryl Moskowitz, Helena Nelson, Caleb Parkin, Sarah Salway, Claire Walker.

I will also be having dialogues with artists to discuss their approach to their work during lockdown and share their artwork to inspire ekphrastic poetry, and will post other prompts along the way. The artists involved are: Sheena Clover, Karen Dennison, Martin Figura, Mark Gilbert, Daniel Goodwin, Helen Ivory, Claire Trevien and Sue Vass. Do post your responses in the comments pages below each post. I am wondering what to do with all this advice, the prompts and the work you will produce. I think there’s scope for a publication further down the line. I will keep you updated.

Watch the following clip.

Tina Seelig is Executive Director of the Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program, Professor of the Practice in Stanford University’s Department of Management Science and Engineering, and a faculty director of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program. She teaches courses in the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (d.school) and leads three fellowship programs in the School of Engineering that are focused on creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Dr. Seelig earned her PhD in Neuroscience at Stanford Medical School, and has been a management consultant, entrepreneur, and author of 17 books, including inGenius, Creativity Rules, and What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20. She is the recipient of the Gordon Prize from the National Academy of Engineering, the Olympus Innovation Award, and the Silicon Valley Visionary Award.




4 thoughts on “Creativity in Lockdown – poets and editors advice during these uncertain times”

  1. Yes, the Muse. Finding inspiration. I’m finding focusing in on the small, intricate, intimate is helping… a wren on a coil of rusty barbed wire the other day. Looking forward to this articles.

  2. I’ve just watched the TED video by Tina Seelig. She makes a several points about creativity and ties it all together neatly. Well worth watching. And ah, the prompt is an example of “chindogu” (I discovered from her talk) and it’s got me thinking 😀

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