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 Summer Workshops, 2014

Creative Journeys with facilitator Gail Balden will offer two summer workshops at the Center for Contemplative Arts* in Manzanita, Oregon. No previous writing experience is required. Both workshops will include topics on the art of listening to the voice of spirit, paying attention to the power of the ordinary, and making a lasting commitment to our creativity. Participants should bring a journal or notebook, their favorite pens, and a brown bag lunch or cash for a take-out lunch from the local deli.

Each workshop meets on a Saturday from 9 am-3 pm and costs $50. Early registration is advised, as class groups are intentionally kept small to groups of ten or less. Open to all writers, men and women.

June 28
Writing Your Memoir

What are the elements of a good story? What subjects do we feel strongest about? How do we write with authority in our unique voice?

Memoir is a story from your life, not the story of your life. Join us as we explore who we are and what stories we’re most passionate about and need to tell, if just for our family or ourselves.

July 12
Tending to Our Creativity

Where do we writers find inspiration? Can it be found in the most ordinary of days? How do we find tasks that encourage creative thought? This workshop will focus on giving ourselves time to play and unleashing our creative spirits by stringing words on a page, one at a time.

Register as early as possible. 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.

Balden is a writer, educator with over 30 years of experience and founder of Creative Journeys, a writing institute on the Oregon coast. Her personal essays have been included in various anthologies including the Cup of Comfort series, RAIN, North Coast Squid and collections published by Beyond Words Publishing. She has written a monthly column on life in a small town for the North Coast Citizen for over ten years.

Center for Contemplative Arts, located at Underhill Plaza, Manzanita Ave. & Division St. in Manzanita.

To purchase books referred by Gail Balden's Creative Journeys Workshops, visit the Links & Accommodations page.

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

Ph: 503-368-7807 F: 503-368-3807
41500 Anderson Road, Nehalem, OR 97131