Ideation/Creativity Workshops

I’m a professional writer and facilitator who has distilled everything I know about creative work and idea generation into fun, stimulating workshops that help people get the most out of their creative process.

I’ve worked with large companies, SMEs, individual creatives and arty non-profits. I offer a range of workshops – from how to sharpen your storytelling to better creative thinking or how to write funny. 

You can book one of the workshops suggested below or you can request a bespoke workshop especially tailored for your people – tell me what you need and I’ll put my thinking cap on…

“Kathryn ran a really inspirational session for a bunch of hardened creatives who don’t suffer fools. Immensely enjoyable and stimulating for the whole creative team.” Anthony Farac – HOD TV3 Promotions Department – MEDIAWORKS

Looking for suggestions? Check out some of my most popular workshops…

Creative Reboot – A short, sharp refresh for folks who need some creative giddy-up.  Participants learn more advanced techniques and fresh ways to find innovative solutions.

Ideas Clinic – Need ideas for a specific project? I’ll facilitate a stimulating brainstorming session for you – let’s generate new ideas and reboot old ones. (Recommend for a team with a project in mind.)

The Productive Creative Bootcamp – A nurturing, insightful workshop for creatives who want to get a handle on self-doubt, staying motivated & working more productively.

Make ’em Laugh – Whether you’re after funny presentations, blogs, copy or characters – this invigorating workshop reveals practical tips and exercises to help you find the funny in just about anything.  PLUS you’ll discover why funny works for you even if you don’t write comedy.

Storytelling 101 – Learn the must-have elements for a compelling story and how to put all these pieces together in a satisfying, engaging way.

Get in touch to discuss how I can reboot your creative toolkit. I can tailor your workshop to suit your industry, your people, your time frame and budget. And I like to travel. Let’s chat. 

“For a creative agency where ideas are its business, Kathryn’s ideation training workshop was a breath of fresh air. She really understands what makes people tick and everything she brought to our session was absolutely on the money.” Steve Martin – Creative Director -TERABYTE

What people are saying…

“In our agency we are charged regularly with finding creative solutions to the way our clients communicate.  Ideas and creativity are central to everything we do, but we realised that to be the best we needed to keep match-fit so we’re always working to the best creative level.  Enter Kathryn Burnett.  Her Creative Thinking workshops were tailored specifically for our needs. We worked with her for six months as she led dynamic workshops and training that encouraged and inspired us to get our brains working in a way that was results focused, and heaps of fun along the way.

Kathryn is an outstanding facilitator, who challenged us, inspired us and lead us to a new way of thinking; and in a way that we’ve been able to translate into tangible results and ideas for our partners. She also worked with us on live briefs too which meant we could apply the theory and skills she taught us in brainstorming techniques and translate it to ongoing outstanding work for our clients.   As an agency we’ve come away feeling really reinvigorated around our creative process. We’re match fit in brainstorms, and they no longer feel like boot camp!” Strahan Wallis – Managing Director PORTER NOVELLI NEW ZEALAND

“Kathryn ran a fantastic training workshop for our annual conference. It was stimulating, enjoyable and the brainstorming process helped us to look at our sales techniques & how we approached different situations in different ways. Participants agreed she was one of the best speakers we have had at any of our conferences.”  Deborah Stewart – NZ Territory Manager, Biomet 3i

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I have worked with:

Spark, Porter Novelli, MediaWorks, Spark PHD, ASB, Geyser Creative, Terabyte, Notable Pictures, OnDigital, AIA Insurance, DDB, Biomet 3i, Mango Communications, Siemens, Auckland Theatre Company, The Gibson Group, The NZ Comedy Trust, University of Waikato Continuing Education, NZ Comedy Trust, Nga Aho Whaakari, NZ Film Commission, Design Assembly, NZ Writers Guild and Christchurch Polytech Institute of Technology.

Why I’m your gal…

I’m a professional, award-winning writer who knows a thing or two about generating ideas and motivating creatives. I get the challenge of finding creative solutions under pressure. Grounded in brain science but delivered simply, my workshops show your people how to maximise their creative potential and push past the ordinary.

“Kathryn Burnett’s creative brainstorming session for the Auckland Theatre Company staff was a riot of ideas and exchanges. She delivered a fun, highly interactive session that got staff members talking, laughing and thinking outside the square. Kathryn’s manner was warm, encouraging and professional. She kept us on task and didn’t let the energy dip for a second. We would certainly consider booking further sessions with her in the future.”  Lynne Cardy – Creative Development & Education Manager, Auckland Theatre Company

“Kathryn’s creative ideation course was a great way to bring a team together, to work cross functionally and provide us with the tools to work better creatively. Thanks again.” Yaseen Abbas – Mobile Portfolio Marketing Manager – SPARK

My Philosophy

Human beings are naturally creative – we all have new ideas all the time. But we’re more likely to have truly innovative ideas when we learn to get out of the way of our creative process. Fear, stress, performance anxiety, self doubt and deadlines inhibit creativity and convince people to stick with doing things the way they’ve always done them. This is the opposite of new and innovative. Given that our brain is wired to get really good at what it does most often – we can make creative thinking easier by making it a habit and by creating an environment that is conducive to creative ideas.  One thing I’ve discovered working as a writer is that the more good ideas I have, the more good ideas I have.

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“Kathryn is an outstanding facilitator, who challenged us, inspired us and lead us to a new way of thinking; and in a way that we’ve been able to translate into tangible results and ideas for our partners.”

Strahan Wallis – Managing Director PORTER NOVELLI NEW ZEALAND