The Artist’s Way Unleashes Your Wild and Crazy Creative Nature

Katie Doran Watters in one of her wild and crazy creative moments.

Katie Doran Watters in one of her wild and crazy creative moments.

For those seeking the key to being productively creative, that have ideas that seemingly never come to fruition, there is help. That help comes in the form of the book, The Artist’s Way, by Julia Cameron. It is a self-help book. The book was written to help people to recover, or even find for the first time, their artistic creativity. It teaches techniques and exercises to assist people in gaining self-confidence in harnessing their creative talents and skills. Julia Cameron maintains throughout the book that creative inspiration is from, and of, a divine origin and influence, allowing the artist’s creativity to understand and believe. “God is an artist. So are we. And we can cooperate with each other. Our creative dreams and longings do come from a divine source, not from the human ego.” She shows a connection between artistic creativity and a spiritual connection with a power greater than yourself. The ideas in creative personal development outlined in the book, which were new at the time of the publication in the 1990s, have become a phenomenon and birthed many meet-ups and support groups throughout the world, helping millions. The group meetings are based on a 12 week creativity course designed for people to work through and gain artistic inspiration. You could do it yourself, but for most people, they start the process, put it off a week “because” and never get back to it.That is why doing it with others is helpful. You could come up with partners, and wade through it. Or, you can join online facilitated sessions for a nominal cost. The Web has many such groups. But there is nothing quite as powerful and stirring as doing it in person with other like-minded individuals.

One such group is coming together in February in the Redding area. Facilitated by writer Katie Doran Watters who previously facilitated Tele-class versions, this thirteen week class covers all twelve weeks. Meeting in person for two hours on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. starting February 27 and closing May 22, this is an opportunity to look at what excites you in life; a time to re-discover your creative nature while having the support of a small and intimate group. This class will include fun projects and a field trip.

Students consistently report that creativity classes have given them new insights, re-energized their passions and been transformative, often both personally as well as professionally. The results in implementing these tools are as diverse as the students who use them.  She is excited to share with you what she and past students have experienced in exploring this material. She looks forward to sharing with you the synchronicity that can enter your life as you begin to explore your dreams and hopes for your life.

Date: Wednesdays, February 27- May 22, 2013
Time: 6-8 PM Pacific
Cost:  $260 (includes a post-class coaching session, valued at $75.00)
Requirements: The Artist’s Way, available at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, or other sources.

If interested, contact Katie at 530.410.4634 or katiemwatters@gmail.com.

Member Monday: It Wasn’t Love at First Sight by Alicia McCauley

Welcome back to Member Monday!  In light of the approaching holiday, here’s a little love poem by Alicia McCauley.

It Wasn’t Love at First Sight

by Alicia McCauley

It wasn’t love at first sight.

It was the kind of love that slowly sheds its coat,

sends tenuous roots to explore.

It was love that grew over time

and in the warmth of him

I unfurled my leaves

and grew into the woman

I was meant to be.

It wasn’t love at first sight.

It was better.

It was love that gave me vision.

It was love from a boy

who grew into a man.

A man who saw me for who I was.

And loved me anyway.

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Member Monday: Premeditated Murder and Unintentional Thievery by Dale Angel

Welcome back to Member Monday.  It’s a delight to start the month with a piece from Writers Forum member Dale Angel.

Premeditated Murder and Unintentional Thievery

by Dale Angel

On our way to the store we had to cross the railroad tracks and walk in front of the depot. At a certain time each day a train would be sitting in front, moaning and hissing steam. We walked way around it to pass.

One day my brother walked up to the boiling monster to wave to the train man. No one was in the cab. He handed me his bubble gum and pulled himself up the first rung and scrambled on up the ladder and looked inside.  He crawled through the window. He waved down to me.

What ever he pulled or pushed was instant chaos! The ground shuddered the engine gave a giant hiccup, followed by a sort of spasmadic convulsion. The sound of overloaded steam in great white clouds roared. The wheels screamed as they tried to catch up with the motor or maybe because the brakes were on.

A thunderous desperate sound as it tried to charge ahead with screeching whining wheels slipping…suddenly it burped and humped, slowly moving a few feet forward drawing wheels screaming as they caught pulling against itself, trying to pull locked box cars…they didn’t want to go…hot metal sounded like a revved up engine about to rupture.

Mt brothers face had terror written on it.

The depot door flew open out ran a chubby engineer in stripped overalls trying to hook up his strap.  His hat fell off and his bib was between his legs as he tried to run on his cuffs. He ran past me, grabbed the ladder rung and swung up, climbing toward the engine.

I could feel the earth shake and smell burnt oil, eternity passed. It was rendered relief. I could hear the engineer shouting down about jail…prison, but mostly about reform school.

My brother climbed down the ladder and I handed back his bubble gum.  He disappeared in the steam. We never told anyone about this, but later in life I asked if he ever added Unintentional Thievery to his resume.  He replied, “Did you ever put premeditated on yours?  You deliberately stomped on my pet Praying Mantis.”

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