How do we find our way through the creative wilderness when we get stuck, experience blocks, lose our inspiration, or feel we are on the verge of giving up? This can be one of the most challenging aspects of the creative process. The good news: it turns out this is a very normal and natural part of the journey, one that can actually lead to deeper inspiration and engagement with our work. Join Melinda Rothouse, Ph.D. to learn how to navigate your way through creative despair to realize your creative visions.


This presentation and performance will explore the creative process in songwriting, from ideation to finished composition. Drawing from material from her two publicly released albums as well as works in progress, Melinda will describe her songwriting process and perform several of her songs, tracing their development from lyric inspirations and musical snippets to final completed works.