Defining Creativity Podcast [July 19, 2022]
S1E3: A Narrative Nonfiction Author's Definition of
“[Creativity] comes in many forms. Creativity is part of everyone. I think the urge to have an idea in your head and see it come to life in the real world is basic to everybody… and the more that we can foster that in kids, just the pleasure of creativity… Creativity is something that’s sort of like a delicate growth that you have to be careful not to squelch.”
“It’s kind of a fragile thing, creativity, I think and you really have to… do what you’re doing for the sake of taking pleasure and satisfaction and liking doing it.”
Mary Losure introduces herself as an author who writes narrative nonfiction for kids and Mary's website labels her as an "Author, explorer of worlds both real and imaginary." Prior to becoming an award-winning children's author, Mary was also an award-winning environmental reporter for Minnesota Public Radio as well as a freelance contributor to National Public Radio. In this episode of Defining Creativity, the discussion touches on how creativity is interwoven in these various forms of storytelling, drawing from history to everyday experiences, influencing our interactions with and connections to life.
From Backwards Moon:
"How can you tell whether a human is a witchfriend? It's a brightness in the eyes, yes, but more than that. An openness. An eagerness. An abiding interest in life in all its many forms." [p.68]
Mary Losure and Debbi Ponella exploring the Twin Cities, 2021