Design Your Writing Space for Maximum Creativity, According to Science

Design Your Writing Space for Maximum Creativity

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How the color of your walls, the height of your ceilings, and the shape of your furniture affects the quality of your writing

For over twenty years, scientists have been exploring how our physical surroundings can change the way we think, including our ability to do creative work. This live 75-minute course on Wednesday, March 25, will introduce you to the psychology of creative space design and how you can harness it to shape your own workspace.

Techniques covered include:

  • Which colors are known to boost creativity
  • Optimal lighting and noise levels for achieving insights
  • How memorabilia can break creative logjams
  • Techniques for making your ceilings appear taller, and why that can make you a better writer
  • The best posture for generating ideas
  • Choosing the right artwork for your workspace
  • Why you should never place your desk against a wall—and what to do if you have no choice

Who should take this course:

Anyone who writes for pleasure or profit, or both. No previous design expertise required!

Do I have to attend the live class?

No. Everyone who registers will get access to the recording. However, if you'd like to attend live, keep reading.

How do I attend the live class?

This online class uses Zoom webinar technology. You will join through your Internet-connected computer or mobile device. When you register, you will receive information via email on how to join the class. If you don’t receive it within 10 minutes of registering, please contact us.

  • When: Wednesday, March 25, 2020
  • Time: 1–2:15 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time / 10 a.m. Pacific Time
  • Fee: $2o

The webinar is broadcasted via the internet with live audio delivered through your computer or mobile device speakers. The visual presentation is displayed directly from the presenter’s computer to your computer screen. The Q&A is managed through a chat-style submission system with questions read and answered by the presenter for the entire class to hear.

Donald Ratnner

About the instructor

Architect Donald M. Rattner helps individuals and organizations maximize their creativity by drawing on scientific research in design psychology. His third and most recent book is My Creative Space: How to Design Your Home to Stimulate Ideas and Spark Innovation, 48 Science-based Techniques, which received a Gold Award from the Nonfiction Authors Association.

Educator and practitioner as well as author, Rattner has taught at the University of Illinois, New York Academy of Art, NYU, Parsons, and online. Speaking venues include the Creative Problem Solving Institute, Creative Mornings, libraries, bookstores, and conferences. His work and writings have been featured on CNN, in such publications as The New York Times, Work Design Magazine, and Better Humans, and on numerous podcasts. Rattner holds a Bachelor’s from Columbia and a Masters of Architecture from Princeton.

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Your course was incredibly aspirational and groundbreaking for me, and I would like to share my appreciation. I found your content extremely interesting and very much enjoyed your formatting and delivery method.

Cullen C., interior designer

Donald, I have led corporate creativity and innovation for 40 years (with Exxon, GE Energy, and as owner/business creator), and frankly, your course was one of the best ever.

Mark G., creativity consultant

I loved this class! Donald explains the concepts clearly, articulately, and in an engaging way ... I didn't get bored and tune out for a second. I am excited about making some changes to my home based on what I've learned.

Madeleine B.

You receive the following:

  • Access to the 75-minute interactive class. Around the 60-minute mark, Donald will take questions using in-class chat/text. The class will end after roughly 75 minutes.
  • A recording of the class—audio and video. This is especially helpful if you have a conflict with the class time or something comes up and you can’t make the session. Each registration comes with access to the archived version of the program and the materials for 30 days. You do not have to attend the live event to get a recording of the presentation.
  • Rough transcript. We use Otter to create an automated transcript of the entire webinar, which we’ll share with you in addition to the audio and video recording.

Refund policy

Sorry, but refunds are not offered unless the webinar is canceled or rescheduled. All registrants receive access to the recording even if they are unable to attend. Have questions? You can contact us here.

System Requirements to Join the Webinar

We will be using Zoom webinar technology.

You’ll need:

  • An internet connection: broadband wired or wireless (3G or 4G/LTE)
  • Speakers: built-in or USB plug-in or wireless Bluetooth

Recommended bandwidth:

  • 600kbps (down) for high-quality video and 1.2 Mbps (down) for HD video
  • If you connect through audio only: 60-80kbps (down)

Supported operating systems:

Supported tablet and mobile devices:

  • Surface PRO 2 running Win 8.1
  • Surface PRO 3 running Win 10
  • iOS and Android devices
  • Blackberry devices

Supported browsers:

  • Windows: IE 11+,  Edge 12+, Firefox 27+,  Chrome 30+
  • Mac: Safari 7+, Firefox 27+,  Chrome 30+
  • Linux: Firefox 27+,  Chrome 30+

For a detailed listing of system requirements, check Zoom’s site.