Creative Journeys writing workshops

Honor your creativity through writing. Nurture your creative spirit and enjoy the company of other women writers in a small group setting. Techniques and exercises designed to bring your stories to life!

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Creative Journeys - Writing Workshops for Women
Creative Journeys, 2013-14 Season

These writing workshops are designed for those who write or want to, who have stories to tell or want to explore writing as a tool for self-discovery. Open to men and women, class size is limited to small groups. No previous writing experience is necessary. Participants should bring a journal or notebook and a favorite pen.

2013 Summer Writing Workshops with Gail Balden
Center for Contemplative Arts*, Manzanita, Oregon

9 am-3 pm, $50 each
Open to all writers, men and women

#1, June 29
Writing Tools for the Writer’s Toolbox

Creative writing is a craft you can learn. Become a better writer by delving into the nuts and bolts of effective writing you can use as tools to make whatever you write come alive on the page.

#2, July 20
Making a Good story a Great story

Everyone has a story. Even if you’ve never written before, now is the time to get started. Get inspired to develop your best ideas, bring them to life, and in the process, connect with your heart.

#3, August 17
Creating an Illustrated Journal

Creative spirits need a place to remember, doodle, draw and dream. Whether you create personal pages, travel journals or nature journals, this workshop will focus on capturing your world on the page using language and imagery. See with new eyes and express your observations, thoughts and feelings in an illustrated journal.

#4, September 28
800 Words, How Three Pages of Writing can Change your Life.

This workshop will focus on creating strong nonfiction narratives through point of view, characters and structure with an emphasis on personal essays.

Balden is a writer and educator with over 35 years of teaching experience. Her work has been published in anthologies, literary journals and national magazines. She teaches writing workshops and writes a monthly column on small town life for the North Coast Citizen in Nehalem, Oregon.

*The Center for Contemplative Arts, located at Underhill Plaza, Manzanita Ave. & Division St. in Manzanita, is a non-profit organization formed for the purpose of offering to all people activities of inner reflection for deepening awareness and nurturing the human spirit for the good of all creation. A portion of the proceeds from each workshop supports the Center for ongoing education.

As class size is kept small, early registration is recommended, and a $25 deposit is required to reserve a space in each workshop. Send deposits to Gail Balden, 41500 Anderson Road, Nehalem, OR 97131. Call 503-368-7807 for more information.


2014 Green Valley Recreation Classes
Green Valley, Arizona


Friday (5:30pm-8:30pm); Saturday (9 am-4 pm)
$50/member, $60/non-member, register at www.gvrec.org

Keeping a Journal, Jan. 17-18, 2014
Inspiration for those drawn to self-expression, whether in the form of journal sketches, essays, memoir, short fiction or poetry, this workshop will enliven your life by helping you discovering what you think, feel and know through the power of words. Balden is founder of the writing institute, Creative Journeys, and is a teacher with 30 years experience. Participants need to bring a journal and pens or laptop and lunch for the all-day session.

Writing Your Memoir, Feb. 21-22, 2014
We’re all storytellers—we take our life experience and stretch it into a story and make meaning from it. A memoir is a story from your life, not the story of your life. We’ll examine the call of our stories, how to capture ideas and get started. Themes, scenes and telling the truth will be covered as well as the key elements to good writing. Balden is founder of the writing institute, Creative Journeys, and is a teacher with 30 years experience. Participants need to bring a journal and pens or laptop and lunch for the all-day session.

Creating an Illustrated Journal, Mar. 21-22, 2014
Creative spirits need a place to remember, doodle, draw and dream. Whether you create personal pages, travel journals or nature journals, this workshop will focus on capturing your world on the page using language and imagery. See with new eyes and express your observations, thoughts and feelings in an illustrated journal. Balden is founder of the writing institute, Creative Journeys, and is a teacher with 30 years experience. Participants should bring a journal with sturdy blank pages on which to work and preferred art supplies and lunch for the all-day session.

Writing Creative Nonfiction, April 11-12, 2014
Discover the stories all around you. Words are our most powerful tools and can transform the world. Make your mark with yours. Whether you’re writing memoir, essays, letters to the editor or deepening your relationship to your deeper self, this workshop will help you discover fresh language, awaken your creative spirit and find a more rewarding life through writing. Balden is founder of the writing institute, Creative Journeys, and is a teacher with 30 years experience. Participants need to bring a journal and pens or laptop and lunch for the all-day session.

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I was enriched by the supportive teaching and by the participants who unveiled treasures of their own. Many thanks for today. . . . Ellen
*The Center for Contemplative Arts is a non-profit organization formed for the purpose of offering to all people activities of inner reflection for deepening awareness and nurturing the human spirit for the good of all creation.

Creative Journeys

503-368-7807
Fax 503-368-3807
41500 Anderson Road
Nehalem, OR 97131