Marjory Wentworth

Digital Filmmaking & Video Production

English Instructor
The Art Institute of Charleston, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta

Creative thinking skills are quite simply problem-solving skills for life. Marjory Wentworth , English Instructor
, The Art Institute of Charleston, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta

Was there a defining moment when you knew you were destined to become a creative professional?

As a college student, I wrote a poem that wrote itself. It felt as if I was a vehicle, but I wasn't driving the car. That's when I realized the power of writing in a way I never had before.

How do you weave your professional background into the classroom experience?

I teach creative writing occasionally, so that’s the most direct connection I make with students. I also do a great deal of public speaking as both a writer and the poet laureate of the state, so much of my advice in that area comes from personal experience. And much of what I teach in Professional Communication comes from years of working in the public relations field.

What class assignment exemplifies your approach to teaching and mentoring?

I assign a poetry project that lets students choose material of interest to them; their grade is partly determined by their creative presentation of that material. I’ve been astonished by what they accomplish—from books to pianos to scrolls.

What’s the most important thing you impart to students to help them succeed in class and the real world?

I care more about how they treat one another than almost anything. I want them to be good citizens in the world...to care about learning for the sake of learning. I want them to develop analytical skills that they can apply to all areas of their lives. Creative thinking skills are quite simply problem-solving skills for life.

What’s the most critical advice you would offer any student embarking on a creative career?

Follow your bliss. Any writer or artist knows that they greatest joy in creativity is the process itself...the rest is frosting on the cake.

Anything else you’d like to share?

Students need to know that you care about them and their success deeply.