Getting To The Heart Of What Matters – Creative Workshop with Lauren Rutten

  What people are saying,

“Lauren creates an extremely nurturing atmosphere and I was really impressed with how she created this in the classroom. I appreciated the flow (working up to bigger challenges) of the day and the step by step process that she created. It was a great experience! “

“I usually never do these types of workshops.  I always pick the technical or the business orientated one, so it was simply a great to step out of my norm.  Hard, but good.”

A workshop for artist, creatives, and wanna be creatives

April 26th 2015  – 11:00am to 5:00pm

WeWork Collaborative Dupont Circle

1875 Connecticut Ave NW 10th Floor
Washington, DC 20009

Hosted by Sarah Hodzic of Blink Photography and ArtWorks Collective

Finding and keeping a clear sense of your own creative voice is one of the most challenging aspects of living a career as a creative artist. This course is not about making the perfect photo, being a wordsmith, or creating gallery ready art. This session is about experiencing the practice of being an artist in a supportive and non-judgmental environment. We will begin with warm-up writing exercises to short circuit the inner critic that tends to filter through snap judgement and prevent examining areas that may feel vulnerable. Students should expect to be challenged to explore new ways of thinking about their creative life, face a few fears and perhaps meet their inner critic for a little heart to heart.

The goal of this workshop is to explore new ways to connect ourselves to our work—whether that be our own personal work or what we do in our every day jobs—and to remain vibrant and inspired to create art that is deeply satisfying, meaningful, and full of heart.

This workshop will create an environment that will allow you to reconnect with what drove you to choose your position in life and your career. What was it that made you take a leap, or settle in? We have all had a motivating factor; something that pushes us every day to make the choices we do. Typically, we make choices to imagine new possibilities, solve problems, and invent new ways of living. Why not make those decisions from a conscious, informed place? At its heart, creativity is about imagining, solving, and inventing. Let us learn to approach every day with a creative perspective.

Who is this workshop for? Everyone!
Do you need to be an artist of any kind? No!
Do you need to know how to draw, write or paint? No!
Do you need to come with a willingness to infuse creativity into an area of your life or business? YES!

Exercises will include:
Warm-up writing
Sourcing personal histories for places to create a personal or creative work project
Utilizing new art materials for visual journaling
Timed exercises, including collage
Making a book & re-purposing a book
Committing to your creative practice

So are you ready to unleash, explore or renew your creative spirit? Then click this link for tickets!

Seats are limited to 12 participants, so get your tickets early. Questions can be directed to, and please feel free to spread the word!

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Lauren Rutten is a certified Amherst Writers & Artists facilitator whose writing has been published in The Red Silk Anthology. She has been recognized as a Distinguished Teaching Artist by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts in 2009 & 2012. Lauren leads weekly writing workshops and full-day combined writing and visual arts retreats in Washington, DC & Arlington, Virginia. She has a distinguished career as an assignment photographer in NYC, NJ & VA. Lauren’s art practice involves meditation, daily readings, contemplative walks, book arts, and daily photographic adventures that are shared via You can learn more about her work at