the artist's way collective: an intro

August 2, 2008 | 6 Comments

Three years ago, I worked my way through The Artist’s Way at the recommendation of a friend. The book make a strong impression on me. As I am entering into a new season of life, I’ve decided to go through it again this fall. I think it would be fun and meaningful (and beneficial!) to invite others to join me, and so I present The Artist’s Way Collective.

The Artist’s Way offers the premise that all of us are creative, and that being creative moves us toward personal health. It is not just written for those who are artists, but for anyone who has a need for creative expression…I happen to think that is everyone.

The Artist’s Way Collective will begin on September 1. Using the schedule prescribed in the book, it will go for twelve weeks, finishing up the week before Thanksgiving. I invite you to be a part of this with me. Each week, we will read the corresponding section (usually 15-20 pages), do the activities Cameron suggests, and then reflect about our experiences, whether here, or on your own blog.

I will share more specifics about how it will work in an upcoming post. But I wanted to present this initial invitation so you have time to think about participating and preparing to do so.. If you would like to join me, here is what you can do between now and then:

  • Get a copy of the book – I will be using the latest printing — the tenth anniversary paperback. That’s the one we will consider as the standard if you want to use page numbers, etc. However, there are several older editions that can be found cheap in used bookstores if you want to go that route.
  • Help spread the word – Please let others know you are going to be participating and invite them to join us too. Spread the word on your blog or on a convenient public restroom wall. (I’m just kidding. Don’t do that…it’s not cool.) Include a link to this post to help them find out more about it.
  • Let me know – Leave a comment on this entry or use the Contact page to send me your name, hometown, and blog info (if you have one). I am putting together a list of everyone who will be participating on The Artist’s Way page and I’d like to include you too.
  • Hi, just wanted to let you know that I’m thinking about participating. It sounds very interesting… I just don’t know if I’ll be able to stick to it the whole way.

  • I have this book! And have tried to do it twice. (tried) The Morning Pages seem to get too overwhelming for me and then I can’t seem to stick with it. I’ll think about giving it another try though. It might kick-start me back into painting. We’ll see.

  • John

    Jennifer,
    Thanks for considering it. Let me know if you want me to add you to the list.

    Josie,
    I can tell you right now that I will probably fail at the Morning Pages…quite often. But even if I get them done 2/3 of the time, that will be better than I’m doing now.

  • I love the idea of working through this book with a group. I didn’t make it through the first time I tried, some good ole accountability might be just the trick. I’m going to have to see if I can find my copy of the book.

  • Nick Parsons

    I would like to participate…if that is ok. I have purchased the book and I look forward to nurturing the small creative flame inside! Thanks John.

    Contact Info: Nick Parsons, Nagoya, Japan

  • ros

    hi can i join today 01 sept? i am ros from bondi beach, sydney australia i do not have a blog yet but will create one by the end of today 🙂