John-Paul Flintoff

Creativity 1

How to be more creative

One of the main reasons we don’t achieve as much as we could is the belief that we aren’t ready – or that our work will never be good enough.

Drawing on my own training at art school, in theatrical improvisation and as a coach – and the lessons I learned as a journalist, talking to some of the world’s leading creative minds – I help individuals and groups to access more of their own, natural creativity.


Punk motivation?


Who do I work with?

“Amazing. We thought you would be quite good but had no idea how good. The exercises were a great way for people to engage with each other, and taught us a lot about ourselves”Google Creative Labs

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Creativity is freedom

When you are being creative, you are free.

This beautiful idea, which I first learned from the Dutch writer Johan Huizinga, is something I love to see when I’m running workshops.

The workshop in this p…

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Creativity 2

How to stop blocking yourself

They call it ‘writer’s block’, but I think it affects everybody. One minute, the creativity is pouring out of you – then, boom! You stop, set aside the work you love, and fall prey to dark thoughts. T…

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Where do great ideas come from?


How to silence your inner critic

I don’t know what yours is like, but mine is small. He’s got a shaved head, and dark shadows under his bulging eyes. He generally looks worried, and avoids eye contact, but sometimes he stares boldly,…

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Daring to call myself an artist

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Creativity 3

My own line of ceramics


Teaching impro in prison

Ever since I first discovered the life-enhancing and mind-expanding benefits of Impro, I’ve been dying to run workshops in prisons.

So when Adrian Turpin, of Wigtown Book Festival, asked me to talk ab…

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What does failure look like?

I didn’t set out to fall flat on my face. But how fantastic that it was captured on film.

When I first watched the raw, unedited footage, I felt like I might die of shame. Then I watched it a few more…

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What materials do you need?

You can be creative using very special materials, or you can use just about anything.

The hand-made books in these pictures contain pages made out of, among other things, brown paper bags that once hel…

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