Do you have untapped creative potential? Of course you do. Why am I so sure?

Creativity is a muscle.

Like any other muscle, our creativity can (and should) be developed. Yet, most people struggle to define creativity, much less describe how it works. We know creativity is a key skill for work and play, but because we don’t have solid ways to talk and think about it, we leave this essential skill up to chance. 

Writerly Play: Your Creativity Training Plan

If we want to develop our creativity, we need a plan. And yet creativity is a headstrong, expansive, often elusive kind of thing. Creativity feeds on images, on metaphor, on story. That’s where Writerly Play comes in. Writerly Play is a story-based doorway into creative development. Like any story, it has structure AND room for exploration.

You’re unique. You need a plan that fits your style. 

Creativity is as unique as a fingerprint. There is no one-size-fits-all solution for the many creative challenges we each face. That’s why Writerly Play functions more like a map rather than a cookie-cutter plan. First, you’ll locate yourself on the map. Then, with a clear understanding of where you are, you can make informed choices about your next best steps.


Where should you start?

If you haven’t taken it already, I’d suggest that you start with the Creativity Style Quiz.

You may also want to check out:

The Nuts and Bolts of Writerly Play

Professional Development for Creatives

Resources for Educators

Naomi’s Books


As you poke around, you’ll quickly discover that this is my creativity lab, my artistic playground, my cabinet of curiosities. Feel free to open intriguing doors and rummage through any drawer that catches your fancy. If you have any difficulty finding your way to what you’re looking for, please don’t hesitate to reach out. I’ll be back with you as soon as I can.

Here’s to you and your creative journey.

Naomi is an author, educator and creativity coach. Her books range from the From Sadie’s Sketchbook series for middle grade readers to activity books such as the award-winning Spilled Ink, a Writer’s Commonplace Book. After over a decade of writing and directing plays for young people, and teaching as a resident artist in classrooms across the country, Naomi developed Writerly Play, a story-based approach to creative development. In classrooms, Writerly Play provides games, improvisational strategies and tools to teach thinking and writing skills. Outside of classrooms, Writerly Play supports people of all ages in the development of their creative thinking skills. Naomi also founded Society of Young Inklings, an organization that empowers young writers using Writerly Play methods.

When Naomi isn’t speaking, acting, teaching or writing, she explores ways to bring creativity into the every day. She’s a half-marathon runner, a guitar player, a sketchnoter, an outdoor explorer, and a life-long learner. Naomi has a BA in Theatre Arts from Seattle Pacific University, studied theatre with the Piven Theatre Workshop and ACT, and has an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Hamline University.