Date & Time
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Julia Cameron wrote The Artist’s Way, the seminal book on the subject of creativity. An international bestseller, millions of readers have found it to be an invaluable guide to living the artist’s life. The essays in her follow-up, The Right to Write, are an unyielding affirmation of the writing life and a denigration of all that gets in the way: busy schedules, procrastination, insecurity, lack of writing space, a day job–you get the point.
Cameron teaches that writing can, and should, happen anywhere inspiration strikes: at a restaurant on a paper napkin, in a scratch book that sits on the kitchen counter while you’re sautéing onions, first thing in the morning before you brush your teeth. And, anyone who puts pen to paper is a writer. You need not have a published memoir or a chapbook of poetry to call yourself a writer.
Here is a short rumination from the artist herself, on what she will be teaching in her Open Center workshop on June 17th.
We have a mythology about writing that is dead wrong. We believe, and are taught, that there are very few “real” writers. The truth is that writing comes naturally to us all. We believe, and are taught, that writing is a rare skill. The truth is that writing is a common gift available to us all. We believe, and are taught, that writing requires special circumstances. The truth is that writing is a natural part of life, accessible to us all. We believe, and are taught, that writing requires a special mood. The truth is that any mood will do as a jumping-off place.
I look forward to a day spent opening the doors to the writing world. My New York students are always lively and engaged.
A Full-Day Workshop
Saturday, June 17, 10-5pm
Members $140/ Nonmembers $155
New York Open Center
Julia Cameron has been an active artist for over three decades. She is the author of more than thirty-five books, including such bestselling works on the creative process as The Artist’s Way, Walking in This World and Finding Water. Also a novelist, playwright, songwriter and poet, she has multiple credits in theater, film and television.