I 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.
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
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).
|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