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3 Keys to Creative Longevity: Holly Lisle

Novelist Holly Lisle is no stranger to creative setbacks.

The worst came after she discovered her ex-husband was a child molester and she went on medication to deal with the resulting depression. “Prozac completely killed my ability to write,” she remembers. The publishing industry wasn’t particularly kind, either. Photo by Alextype, Adobe Stock.

Photo of Ron Bunzl with Circ/us cast of 2014.

Why Everyone Can and Should be a Storyteller: Ron Bunzl

On a September day, a flamenco dance teacher arrived for a month-long storytelling workshop, a pilot for Ron Bunzl’s project CIRC/US, only to find her own former dance instructor, the one whose classes she’d left with abiding body shame and corrosive self-doubt, was a fellow participant.

Ania Witwitzka on Why We Stop Being Creative, and How to Start Again

Near the end of her time as an art student in the United Kingdom, Ania Witwitzka had an emotional collapse that sent her to back the deep woods of her native Sweden to reevaluate her life. It was the culmination of a creative struggle that began when she was 10, painting wooden jewellery at an after-school centre. Featured image: Painting by Ania Witwitzka.

Julianne Chapple on How to Turn Self-Consciousness into a Superpower

Julianne Chapple’s performances are electric, which makes it surprising she deals with social anxiety and self-consciousness on a regular basis. That is until you consider perhaps those things are what lend her dancing such high voltage. Photo courtesy of Julianne Chapple.

Gong’s Dave Sturt on How to Connect with an Audience

With the release of Gong’s latest album, Rejoice! I’m Dead!, bassist Dave Sturt knew his band was out on a limb. Gong has gone through 11 official incarnations since it began in a French commune in 1967. Both the band’s co-founders, Daevid Allen and Gilli Smyth, died in the last year and a half, and the current lineup contains none of the original members. The first song on the album, a hard rock tune laden with vocal harmonies, sounds different from anything the group has done. And yet audiences have responded to Rejoice! I’m Dead! with renewed fervour.