The concept of the "Morning Pages" originated from Julia Cameron's ground breaking book for creatives entitled, The Artist’s Way. It is one tried and true way to effectively open yourself to new creative ideas and conquer creative blocks.
Morning pages is a writing activity that involves writing three pages of stream of consciousness in longhand, first thing in the morning. According to Cameron, this can help us think through problems and improve our creativity. It allows us to discover and recover our true creative selves. This has been a tried and tested tool to help overcome creative blocks. The magic of morning pages that it is a therapeutic brain "dump"...you don't have to check grammar, think what you want to say through or searching for “just the right word” with these pages. It’s simply putting pen to paper and writing whatever comes to mind.
And it's not just for artists or creative types: boosting creativity can help anyone to problem solve in many areas of our lives, making this a worthwhile activity for anyone.
About the Challenge:
For 31 days we will commit to writing three pages of longhand, stream of consciousness writing first thing in the morning. Or if you like using journal apps or other alternative ways of writing, you are welcome to do that as well (however, longhand writing will generate the best results). We will share what happens regarding our creativity as well as how this practice affects other areas of our lives. The goal is to practice a self-care ritual for self discovery, clear the path for creativity, and joy.
We will also create a virtual space where people could push themselves to explore their own creativity and their own minds — and do it with support, resources, insights from fellow creatives! .
By joining this challenge you’ll get access to all that and more. There will also be a workshop about how to make Morning Pages work for you. There will be videos and check ins from me. There will be community support. There will also be prizes.
YOU deserve to have access to this life-changing tool in your life.
YOU deserve to have a community of support in your efforts to grow personally.
We kick everything off on Wednesday, November 1, 2023 with a special webinar at 7pm, ET! Join us!
What are Morning Pages?
According Julia Cameron, author of the The Artist's Way, Morning Pages are "three pages of longhand, stream of consciousness writing, done first thing in the morning. They are about anything and everything that crosses your mind– and they are for your eyes only. Morning Pages provoke, clarify, comfort, cajole, prioritize and synchronize the day at hand. Do not over-think Morning Pages: just put three pages of anything on the page...and then do three more pages tomorrow."
What is the benefits of a Morning Pages practice?
1. Morning Pages provoke, clarify, comfort, cajole, prioritize and synchronize the day at hand.
2. Clears your mind.
3. Helps unblock creativity.
4. Decreases anxiety.
5. Generates great ideas.
6. Healthy way to vent emotions.
Do I have to be "creative" to participate?
This challenge is open to anyone who would like to access the benefits of a daily journaling practice.
How should I prepare?
Make sure to get a pen and a dedicated journal or notebook or writing/journaling app or even a Word document to type or write in. Make sure you have enough room to do three pages a day for 21 days.
Get up at least 15 to 30 minutes earlier each day to write in the journal.
What should I expect?
A lot of insight, support and camaraderie as well as unblocking your creative flow!
Register for this free challenge below by October 27, 2023!
Creative Revival: Inspired Creative Journaling (Virtual Course)
October 7 – December 2 , 2023 (8 weeks)
Saturday 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
FREE • Ages 55+ • Limited Spaces Available REGISTER HERE
Unlock the transformative power of ageless wisdom and creative expression in our virtual class. This 8-week immersive experience draws inspiration from two remarkable works on creativity: “12 Notes On Life and Creativity” by Quincy Jones and “It’s Never Too Late to Begin Again” by Julia Cameron. Participants will engage in their choice of practical artistic techniques, ranging from collage, expressive writing and mindfulness practices, enabling them to express their creativity across various art mediums. This course provides a unique opportunity to explore the intersections of personal growth, artistic exploration, and a deeper connection with oneself. Each week we will delve into key themes and practices from the selected books, fostering a supportive and enriching environment for participants to thrive creatively.
Sharon Burton of Spark Your Creative Coaching is serving as a Teaching Artist for Art Works Now and will be facilitating this course. This is a completely FREE program for ages 55 and better! Learn more about Art Works Now Creative Aging Programs here.
About Art Works Now
Mindful of the relationship between creative education and the creative development of our community, Art Works Now, a community-based, non-profit arts organization remains committed to teaching art technique, encouraging each student to “see” in their own way, and providing multiple opportunities to explore, express and demonstrate their vision. Art Works Now offers a “blank canvas” for every student to develop their individual creativity. They provide the tools, techniques, and a great studio space, along with instruction that encourages creative exploration, and peers for encouragement and collaboration.
Art Works Now was founded and established in Mount Rainier, Maryland in 2011. Art Works Now believes that art works, on both the individual and community levels. By providing an avenue for students to envision, create, and exhibit their artwork, they are able to realize this vision in a tangible and holistic way.
Learn more about Art Works Now at http://artworksnow.org
Cost: $35 Del Ray Artisans member / $45 Non-member
(Register by midnight on August 2)
Intuitive collage is a practice of using magazine images and collage to connect with your inner wisdom or intuition. Participants will be guided through a simple meditation, then given time to create a collage card, followed by journal prompts to reflect on the meaning of their piece.
All supplies are included but you may also bring your own. No artistic experience is necessary. This is a great and fun way to slow down, connect with yourself creatively, and tap into your inner wisdom.
Face masks are recommended inside the gallery.