Downtown's premier creative conference returns for three days of creative inspiration, growth, and connections.

The Creative Works Conference returns for another year of influential design, branding, digital, and storytelling experts speaking to creatives from around the world in the Bluff City. 

If you're an entrepreneur, creative worker, maker, or someone looking to be inspired, then you've found the perfect conference.

"For us, it’s vital to host Creative Works Conference in Downtown Memphis. There's an unmatched energy, density, and cultural texture that provides the perfect backdrop for conversations around creativity and design. We can’t wait to showcase the heart of our city to even more creatives from around the country."

- Dan Price, Creative Works Co-Founder & Exec. Director

2017 Speakers

The 2017 lineup features experts from across the nation, including:

Ashley C. Ford, Senior Features Writer at Refinery29 - Ken Barber, Chief Lettering Officer at House Industries - Gail Anderson, Designer, Writer, Educator & Partner at Anderson Newton Design - Erik Marinovich, Lettering Artist at Friends of Type - Naz Hamid, Product Design at VSCO - Jessi Arrington, Experiential Designer at Workshop - Greyson Macalpine, Product Designer (formerly) at Ueno - Emily Westerhold, VP, Finance & Operations at VSCO - Nikkolas Smith, Theme Park Designer & Concept Artist at Walt Disney Imagineering - Jesse Bryan, Founding Partner, ECD at Belief Agency - Alyasha Owerka-Moore, Thee Teen-Aged - Jenna Blazevich, Founder & Designer at Vichcraft Design Studio, Dan Cassaro, Partner at Young Jerks - Dan Christofferson, Partner at Young Jerks - Nate Utesch, Commercial Artist/Musician at Secretly Group/Metavari - Antionette D. Carroll, Founder & CEO at Creative Reaction Lab - Justin Mezzell, Designer & Illustrator - Rogie King, Designer, Illustrator & Developer - Amy Pastre, Partner at SDCO - Courtney Rowson, Partner at SDCO - Meg Lewis, Partner at Ghostly Ferns - Jen Mussari, Hand-Lettering Artist at Ghostly Ferns - Laura Bee, Illustrator at Ghostly Ferns - Odin E. Clark, Owner at Odin Leather Goods - Nick Sambrato, CEO at Mama's Sauce - Jordan Schiller, Director of Growth at Real Thread

Click here to learn more about each speaker, check out their work, and connect with them on social media.

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Friday & Saturday Workshops

Go deep in these 3-hour, hands-on sessions led by top creatives from around the country. Workshops are open only to conference attendees and are limited to 40 people. Sign up for one workshop per day to max out your time at Creative Works. These hands-on classes run from 9 am - 12 pm.

Friday Workshops include: The Fundamentals of IOS App Design, Intro into Hand-Lettering, How to Write the Truth, The Brand Laboratory: How to Dissect, Study and Assemble a Brand, and Dialogue & Action.

Saturday Workshops include: The Full-Stack Designer, Lettering as Composition, How to Build a Brand with Conviction, Processes & Prompts with the Good Times Gang, and The Business of Creative.

Click here to learn more about each workshop and see who's leading each session.

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Creative Works Conference Vendors Market

The Creative Works Market brings designers, makers, manufacturers, and brands from all over the country to downtown Memphis. Add plenty of local vendors to the mix, and you've got more apparel, prints, pins, and goodies than you can handle. Open to the public Friday & Saturday, October 6-7, 10am-6pm. 

Click here to check out this year's vendor list and start preparing your wallet.

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Conference Schedule

Follow Creative Works Conference on Facebook for updates on the conference After Parties.

If you want to get a taste of the conference before October, follow Creative Works: Memphis on Facebook to find out about happy hour events, special seminars and more throughout the year in Memphis.

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Ticket, Venue & Hotel Information


The Halloran Centre (225 S. Main St.) will serve as host again in 2017. Last year there were food trucks outside during breakfast and lunch in case attendees want to grab some food right next to the venue.


The Courtyard Memphis (75 Jefferson Avenue) will serve as the primary conference hotel. Click here to book your room!


Early Bird Conferences Passes are $250 and the prices rises to $350 after June 30. Each workshop is $50. Students get a $150 Conference Pass with a valid Student ID. Click here to purchase your Conference Pass.

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