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Creative Journeys - Writing Workshops for Women
ABOUT GAIL

Gail BaldenI have always been seeking my voice. In the first grade and thereafter, the only negative comment on my report card was that I "whisper too much." I started keeping a diary around age ten to express my feelings and to be heard if only on the blank page. Keeping journals has continued as a practice for me over the last fifty years. I think that time of growing up in a small town in Michigan in the 1950's when "children should be seen and not heard" started me on this path of creative self-expression.

Although an educator in public schools and community colleges for over 30 years, and a director of stage plays for a local community theater for over 10 years, it is the writing that has remained a constant in my life and become the tool for my creative heart to take flight. In the early '90's, I taught journal writing workshops with Neahkahnie Institute in Nehalem and The Artist Way classes through Tillamook Bay Community College before founding Creative Journeys Writing Workshops in the mid-nineties. I currently speak and teach writing workshops on the Oregon and throughout the United States.

To arrange a workshop or retreat in your area, contact Gail at

I know there are many of you out there who have a story to tell, an urging to define your life on the page in your own voice, and a desire to heal yourself and the world, one story at a time. I invite you to join me and other writers, all of us seeking the same thing, on this path of living and writing from the heart.

This is by far, the best, most inspirational and motivating writing workshop I've ever attended. It had just the right amount of lecture and writing, and I loved hearing other writer's words. . . . Tammy

Gail Balden is a writer, educator and workshop presenter with over 30 years of teaching experience. Her work has been published in anthologies, literary journals and national magazines. She teaches one-day writing workshops on the Oregon coast and weekend writing retreats throughout the U.S. Her seven years of writing a monthly column on the joys of small town life are the basis for her current project, a book called Where the Lilacs Grow.

Gail makes her home in the small town of Nehalem on the Oregon coast where she writes a monthly column for The North Coast Citizen (see below).

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Finding Hope - May 2013
All That Matters - June 2013
A Kid Again - July 2013
Making a Difference - August 2013
All the World's a Stage - September 2013
All Creatures Big and Small - October 2013
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I've attended many of Gail's workshops and always leave not only inspired to keep on writing but also with small writing gems from her writing exercises to continue working on. . . . CarolAnn

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