9 Conferences to Boost Your Creativity This Year
If you’re a creative by trade (or on that side hustle!), or if you’re just looking for ways to expand your personal creativity, a conference or retreat might be up your alley. Not only do conferences offer a unique chance to learn from some of the most inspiring names in the biz; they also provide a multitude of opportunities to connect and network with other like-minded creatives. Thankfully, when it comes to inspiring, creative gatherings, there’s something for just about everyone. Whether you’re prepared to drop some cash and invest in a cross-country getaway or you’re looking for something simpler and more cost-effective, here are some of our favorite options to get your wheels turning.
A sweet combination of creative and cerebral, Cherry on Top is a free (!) gathering in the always-inspiring west Texas desert, touting art and film classes, yoga and meditation, a film festival, topical panel discussions, and a pop-up creative market. If you’re looking to engage your mind, body, and spirit and mingle with other creatives in a gorgeous setting, this empowering retreat might be up your alley. But make sure to plan your trip ASAP, since this one is right around the corner. (Photo via Cherry on Top)
At Brit + Co., we’re all about empowering women to create good in their lives and communities. That’s why we’re so excited to host #CreateGood, an interactive four-week event dedicated to helping women find inspiration from the inside out. Whether you need a few minutes for self-care or a bold challenge to break out of your comfort zone, we’ve got you covered, with gorgeous art installations, musical performances, creative workshops, beauty nights, and so much more. (Photo via Brittany Griffin/Brit + Co)
If you consider yourself a storyteller in any sense of the word — whether you’re a writer, designer, maker, or simply someone who wants to inspire others — don’t skip this soulful Southern gathering, which some call “TED for creatives.” Equal parts inspiration and instruction, this year’s conference is centered on the theme of “wonder,” with all of its workshops and keynotes geared toward reawakening a fresh sense of possibility in your creative work. (Photo via Story)
A weekend of creative exploration and collaboration, Creative South is chock-full of workshops, speakers on the creative process, and opportunities to connect with others in the design community. Think a creative conference might benefit your career but not sure how to get the ball rolling? Creative South’s site has a “Convince Your Boss” page to help you start a convo about your organization approving time away from the office — and potentially covering the cost of attending the gathering. (Photo via Creative South)
Ready to supercharge your creative work? Check out the Adobe 99U Conference in New York. With TED-Talk-esque keynotes that transcend creative industries and expert-hosted breakout sessions on evergreen topics like productivity, teamwork, and leadership, this gathering is ideal for any creative professional looking to get inspiration from creative leaders or connect with potential collaborators. Plus, any excuse to visit NYC. (Photo via 99U)