"Creative Writing is the mental rehearsal that makes one excel in critical thinking, and even public speaking."
- Sheila Viesca, TalkShop

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

The Magic of Creative Thinking

          “The best way to have a good idea is to have lots of ideas.”  
 – Linus Pauling – Double Nobel Laureate on Chemistry and Biochemistry

Have you ever wondered how some people always seem to be able to generate new ideas and think creatively, and others seem to struggle to do so? Regardless of whether you view yourself as the creative type or not, there are skills and techniques you can learn from TalkShop, which will enable you to tap into that creative ‘right brain’ thinking and bring a new perspective to innovation, problem-solving, and managing change.

A tip for you: 

Always ask why. The best and most creative minds are always inquisitive.  It does not mean prying orbeing intrusive, as that is what an ordinary mind would do.  Wisdom comes from first being inquisitive.  Children are absolutely wonderful because they are so inquisitive, always asking why.  If you deny them knowledge then their lives will be stifled.  It is also true that if you deny yourself learning, you will be stifled in life.

Do you know that you can also exercise and stretch your creativity?

For instance, you can pretend to describe a flower to someone who has not seen it.  Think of how you could change the world.  Imagine you are the leader of the first Martian community, how could you run that colony?  These may seem silly, but will force you to think outside the box and guarantee to give you moments of inspiration. 

You have heard it said that creativity is fortified when one is happy.  That may be true but some research in psychology show that you can be creative on both ends of your emotional spectrum.  Ever wonder why you are more cunning in plotting vengeance at the peak of anger?  Or how fear brings out your basic survival instinct?  Of course, we don’t want you to put yourself in extreme mood to create something, but next time you’re in a strong emotional state, try to sit down and focus that energy on creating something, the end result could be worthwhile.

This may seem weird, but if you read or experience something surreal or absurd, it may boost your pattern recognition and therefore your creative thinkingThe conclusion of a long study was that the mind is always seeking to make sense of the things that it sees, and surreal/absurd art puts the mind in “overdrive” for a short period while it tries to work out just exactly what it is looking at or reading.  Try reading interesting short stories like "The Giver or browsing absurdist art", then set your mind free.

If you’re stuck in a creative rut and want to master this art, try TalkShop’s time-tested courses to help get you to that “Aha!” moment. TalkShop courses are designed to stimulate and improve the creativity of individuals, teams, and organizations. 

Sunday, July 26, 2015

If Only More Storytellers Were Writers

Not all storytellers are writers. But they can become writersgreat writers, evenwith practice and an eagerness to learn.

Think of all the bloggers, fanfic writers, and self-published authors that have incredible stories to tell, but lack the ability to tell them well. While a few have managed to become best-selling authors in spite of their, shall we say, less-than-stellar writing, we should not use this as an excuse to pass on an opportunity to learn how to do it better.

If you have a lot of your own stories that you would like to share with others, and want to learn how to write about them in a respectable, creative manner, consider enrolling in a Creative Writing workshop to help you get started!

Do you want to write a poem or prose about your inner most feelings? Essays or opinion pieces about current events?Short or full length stories inspired by a powerful dream? You can write about anything you want in any style you want, so long as you have the right foundation.

TalkShop offers a comprehensive course on Creative Writing for aspiring writers who want to learn the components of correct and effective writing, as well as the styles of creative and meaningful self-expression.

It is both a technical and creative course that will help you unlock your imagination through exercises that will also strengthen your general skills in writing.

We will begin with an overview of the Art of Creation, and help you set your objectives and expectations for the duration of the course. Next, you will learn about the difference between creativity and innovation, and techniques to improve your creativityhow to let go of your inhibitions in order to unleash your imagination and defy the boundaries of logic.

Moving into creativity development, we will demonstrate free-writing, how to express thoughts and emotions, and show you what writing devices you can work with.

We will then take you through a guided learning session, where you can make full use of literary devices, how to show(not simply tell) your stories, and how to self-evaluate and proofread your writing.

A Creative Writing workshop would of course be incomplete without a lot of writing! This next part is a deep dive into the various types of Creative Composition: imaginative writing, narrative writing, descriptive writing, and synthesis writing.

From a technical standpoint, you will get to review the rules and application of grammar, such as the parts of speech, phrases, and symbols, principles of composition, writing formsincluding business styles, language format, voice and color, common errors in word relations, idioms, dialects, figures of speech and jargon, and other styles and exceptions due to dual meanings, foreign languages, and standards, as well as other dos and donts.

At the end of the course, we will come up with a unique recommendation based on your output, and leave you with an action plan to help you continue to progress.

Arm yourself with more ways to empower your creativity, and strengthen the skills to translate these great ideas into wonderful writing. If there was ever a time you shied away from sharing your imaginative thoughts with others because you were unable to articulate your stories through writing, you now know these hesitations can be overcome. And who knows? You could be on your way to becoming one of the next celebrated storytellers out there

Monday, January 5, 2015

How to Teach Your Kids to Write

Writing is so essential to success that it pays to teach kids to write early on. As in any skill, practice makes perfect. Sheila Viesca, TalkShop CEO, says, “The process should be viewed as a work progress. Writing at home means time well spent in honing in on this skill. The key is to train kids to think, tap on their creativity, and express themselves freely on paper.”

Viesca enumerates the steps through the writing process:
1. Starting out

Let kids choose their topics. Let them write down ideas to connect their thoughts. The key is to teach them coherence. You may suggest words for them to use in their writing.

2. Writing together

Take charge of a writing project with your children. Gather ideas from each one, and construct the materials gathered into an essay.

3. Guiding them

As kids write, steer them towards the right direction with questions that stir ideas.

4. Independent writing

As kids improve, note that they will use wider vocabulary and experiment with language. This is the time to teach them to edit and polish their works. And just keep them going.

TalkShop, the leading ISO-certified training facility accredited with the Civil Service Commission holds your kids’ hands through the process of writing to help them to express themselves effectively and creatively. Writing courses are offered for budding and professional writers who are looking to find their voice and polish their style.

“The most important thing is to read as much as you can, like I did. It will give you an understanding of what makes good writing and it will enlarge your vocabulary.”-J. K. Rowling

www.talkshop.ph (632-894-5588) | Creative Writing, Technical Writing, Critical Writing, Newsletter Writing

Sunday, August 24, 2014

How to Write an Engaging Blog

With so many interesting content in Social Media, bloggers have their work cut out for them. They now simply must write in an engaging voice toexpand readership. The tone will depend on the audience which the blog intends to attract.

Sheila Viesca, TalkShop CEO, advises, “A blog is your personal brand. It speaks aboutyour message, and carries your image. Remember to adopt the appropriate tone as you connect to your audience. She offers the following tips:

1. Choose your area of expertise. Writing about your passion will make your writing come alive.

2. Decide on the frequency. How often will you post. Consistency matters.

3. Write great content. Offer fun facts and practical tips, answer a question, make people laughto engage them.

4. Do the pre-work. Get a headstart with enough materials early on.

5. Write catchy headlines.

6. Use images for visual effect.

www.talkshop.ph (632) 8945588 Critical Thinking, Creative Writing, Blogging 101, Management Communication, Grammar Mastery

Monday, August 4, 2014

12 Most Misunderstood Words in English

Want to improve your English proficiency? Equip yourself with better skill and knowledge with TalkShop.
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Thursday, June 19, 2014

TalkShop Leads The Way

TalkShop is the best English communication school in the Philippines. It is the leading consultancy and training institute for personal effectiveness, corporate protocol, and management communication.
The country’s pioneer in Communicative Language Teaching (CLT), TalkShop is the developer of Integrated Language Teaching (ILT) and is accredited by the International English Education Research Association and Civil Service Commission. It also received its ISO certification in 2012.
TalkShop’s client roster includes private organizations, government groups, multinational corporations, and individuals who seek professional advancement and personal growth. It was founded by Sheila Viesca in 2000.