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Any night courses to keep creative juices flowing?


Do you know of any night courses offered in Toronto that i could take for idea generation or copywriting? i’m having a lot of trouble at work = coming up with ideas and feel that a slight battle with ADD negates my ability to retain tips through literature.
So if you can suggest some workshops that’d be really helpful.

intro Any night courses to keep creative juices flowing?It sounds like you already have a job in an agency somewhere and are facing every creative person’s greatest fear – the blank page. You get all paralyzed and feel like you’re never going to crack it. We only have cold comfort – everybody goes through it, for their whole careers.

But good for you look for a way to deal with it. Bad for you that no evening programs that we know of exist. You could check with some of the local ad schools to see if they have anything like it. We know that the ICA is running an evening program starting June 3. But it seems too junior for you and doesn’t list your problem among its subjects. I believe that there are ad camps in the U.S. for people who are feeling stuck, just to get the gears grinding again. Not sure if Tom Monahan is still running such a thing. And worst of all, we can’t remember the name of his camp. Tom taught Jancy a thing or two once upon a time and she never got as stuck again. Failing that, there are lots of brain-loosening games you can buy/play. And there are many books like A Whack on the Side of the Head that deal with exactly what you’re talking about. If we were you and could afford it, we’d go for the Monahan option. We guarantee* you’d come back a truly new ad guy.

*This-guarantee-is-not-a-money-back-if-you-don’t-like-it-sort-of- guarantee-does-not-mean-that-we-would-pay-for-your-attendance-at-the- aforementioned-ad-camp-nor-that-you-will-actually-come-back-a- different-person.

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'Jancy' is Janet Kestin and Nancy Vonk, Co-Founders of Swim, a unique “creative leadership training lab for advertising creatives and marketers.” Prior to Swim, Jancy was globally renowned as the Co-Chief Creative Officers of Ogilvy & Mather Toronto, a position they held for thirteen of the twenty years they were a creative duo at the agency. Over the years they've racked up Cannes Lions, Clios, One Show pencils and CA credits, and have lead their shop to two Cannes Lions Grand Prix and a Grand Clio. They've judged CA, Cannes, D&AD, the One Show, the Clios and other prestigious award shows. Creativity named them two of the top 50 creative people of 2008. Known for their outspoken, no-bullshit style and a passion for mentoring juniors, they're ready to give you advice if you're ready to take it.

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