The Creative Impostor: Chicago Women's Collective was founded in 2012 by Creative Podcast Producer Andrea Klunder as a small group of multidisciplinary women who wanted to test drive our work with creators from diverse perspectives (i.e. not just other writers reading what we write or artists critiquing each other’s paintings...)
I believe the magic formula for a satisfying creative life & work style is: Self-Awareness + Self-Expression + Intentional Community.
So together, we create a forum for creative expression as an extension of who we are, making artful content within the context of community, and having a social network for fun WHILE amplifying and elevating our work!
This meetup welcomes trans and cis women as well as genderqueer and non-binary people who want to talk about their creative process (whether it be a hobby, a passion, a profession or all of the above.)
Currently we host:
Community Zoom - online sessions where you can share your "goods & gripes" for the week and set an intention for where you would like to focus your day.
Online Socials - Arts & Crafts, Game Night...
Online Classes & Workshops - especially around podcasting since that's what I love to teach!
We look forward to the right time to resume in person meetups in Chicago.
This IS a place to share your creative work and invite us to become a part of it AND IT REQUIRES participating in, witnessing, and engaging with other members' work in return. This is NOT a place to spam members with self-promotion if you are not actively building toward a mutual supportive relationship.
Creating content (blogs, podcasts, videos, writing, visual art, photography, social media etc) can be more effective and enjoyable when there is a collaborative component -- if even only through having others witness your process as it unfolds -- rather than creating alone in a vacuum of isolation, where self-doubt, uncertainty and overwhelm can sometimes threaten to shut you down. We also believe that by sharing your process, not just the end product, you can inspire others to make their own work, risk vulnerability and take creative action.
And I produce a podcast to support you in taking bold creative risks called The Creative Impostor! (http://bit.ly/akimpostor) Available also on Apple Podcasts (http://bit.ly/cipodcast), Google Podcasts, Spotify and probably your favorite podcast app.