If you’re looking to sharpen your creative focus, find your narrative and hone your writing in a fun, supportive small-group setting, check out our workshops forming now in the Las Vegas area. Workshops are led by Olympian Creative Director Greg Blake Miller, Ph.D. To learn about what we’ve covered in recent workshops, please visit the Olympian Creative Facebook page.
At Olympian Creative, you’ll form a powerful partnership dedicated to your creative growth. We’ll help you shape enduring creative habits—and projects that will make you proud.
• We’ll help you zero in on the story you’re trying to tell. It seems simple enough, but the hardest part of storytelling is deciding what the story really is. What is your vision—your passion—and how can you convey it with clarity and beauty? Each story—whether it’s a novel, a memoir or a business history—has a core that keeps it balanced and buoyant amid change and complications. We’ll help you discover the ideas, values, characters and events at the heart of your narrative.
• We’ll help you explore more broadly. You’ll investigate your own dialogue with the world: Is it open or closed—determinate or indeterminate? Are you allowing the observed world, in all its unpredictability, to enrich your creative perspective? We’ll help you train yourself to look closer, notice the things that slip by, and build new value into the stories you tell.
• We’ll help you find new ways to structure your creative approach—to make vibrant order out of free-roaming inspiration.
• And we’ll help you master the fine art of completion. In project-based coaching sessions, you will discover realistic, step-by-step approaches to not only doing your best work, but completing it.
For more information, please contact us at GBM@OlympianCreative.com.
1. Be concrete.
You’re conveying a world and a worldview: Let people see it come to life.
Examples, actions and anecdotes make ideas memorable.
2. Know your audience. But know yourself, too.
Your approach, choice of examples, and even format will vary with your audience. But this is a matter of emphasis and tactics. Even as you make choices to suit audiences, stay true to your core principles as an organization and key values as a storyteller. If a particular audience forces you to stray from those values, it’s not your audience. Know who you are, and be more of it.
3. Identify trends.
How do the things that you care about cross swords with the Zeitgeist? How can you speak from the heart about the great, transformative “now”?
4. Be Selfless
Storytelling is the art of helping others see what you see. Be helpful.
Define your terms, both for yourself and your audience. Invite readers to think along with you. This “co-thinking” creates an alliance between communicator and audience.
5. Be curious about yourself.
Think carefully and critically about who you are, what your principles are, and why you want to tell a story. If you don’t know why you want to say something, it will be hard to refine what you want to say, define whom you want to say it to, or decide when you want to say it. When you think about yourself, be open to surprising thoughts.
6. Climb the narrative tower.
Many rich stories are built on a simple but sturdy foundation:
Person X strives for Y, discovering something about Z. Always return to the character, the quest, and the lessons, however subtle, of that quest.
7. Continue the conversation.
Once you’ve told a good story, tell more. Once you’ve explored a deep idea, dig deeper. Look intently at your world, listen closely, think, learn—and speak anew.
Olympian Creative is led by award-winning writer, editor and teacher Greg Blake Miller. With 20 years of media experience, Miller has written about everything from the wild transformation of post-Soviet Moscow to the boom, bust and revival of 21st-century Las Vegas. He has worked with renowned theatrical directors Franco Dragone and Pavel Brun (Le Reve, Celine Dion’s A New Day) and respected author and documentary filmmaker Kerry Candaele (Following the Ninth: In the Footsteps of Beethoven’s Final Symphony). Over the past decade, Miller has helped hundreds of students develop their creative voices and fresh outlooks on the world in his writing and communication courses at the University of Oregon and the University of Nevada Las Vegas. He holds a doctorate in international communication from the University of Oregon and a master’s degree in creative writing from the University of Southern California. Miller’s extensive research on progressive nostalgia, creativity and cultural change culminated with Reentry Shock (UMI, 2010), which tells the story of a group of late-Soviet filmmakers who leveraged personal and social memory to throw off the yoke of Stalinist thinking. From 2010-2014, Miller edited Vegas Seven magazine, helping to build the publication and lead it to 95 state and regional honors in its first four years. In 2011, he was named Nevada’s Outstanding Journalist, and in 2014 Seven won the state’s General Excellence Award. You can contact Miller at GBM@OlympianCreative.com.