City Week

Deconstructing the Creative Block

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Tucson is a city pulsing with creative energy. Behind every reading, gallery, film and performance are the makers and shakers that prioritize creative expression. Without their dedication to creating, even when they face obstacles in the creative process, the imaginative spirit that we all cherish would ebb. But what if creators didn't have that block in the first place? On Saturday, Feb. 21 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Casa Libre en la Solana, 228 N. 4th Avenue #2, poet Ocean Vuong will lead a workshop that explores the concept of a "writer's block", but which can be applied to any type of creative block, as a capitalistic construct. Our society's emphasis on work as a means of quantifiable and material production can cause anxiety in the act of creating and ultimately stunt one's potential. The workshop will attempt to redefine the notion of work and make us rethink how we approach language through the incorporation of Eastern philosophies. Registration is $10. Check out casalibre.org for more information.

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