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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Summer Workshops, 2015

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 $55. 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 27
The Transformative Power of Words

Pay attention…to your life, to details, to nuance. Do it through words, which can open us.

Take this day for yourself to find the ways of your soul through writing. We will explore the power of the written word through our own writing and that of other writers. Emphasis will be on poetry, but we’ll explore the resonance of truth expressed by our words in whatever form they take.

July 25
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.

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 and educator with over 35 years of teaching experience. Her work has been published in anthologies, Oregon and Arizona literary journals and national magazines.

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

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 designed to offer activities of inner reflection for deepening awareness and for nurturing the human spirit for the good of all creation. A portion of the proceeds from each workshop supports the Center for ongoing education.

Creative Journeys

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