The Artist’s Way Unlocked

A course in discovering and recovering your creative self!

Photo by Andrea Piacquadio

Let’s put a little joy back into our lives. If you are looking for a gentle, self-loving path to creativity, this course is for you.

Did you know reflexive writing can help reduce stress, encourage personal development and build resilience? Following the guidance of Julia Cameron’s life-changing classic, The Artist’s Way, this 12-week program takes place in an intimate, hands-on and encouraging group setting. Participants will learn how to use the three Basic Tools for creative rediscovery: morning pages (reflexive, or purposeful self-reflective, writing), artist dates (play dates with your inner child) and solo weekly walks.

Together we will explore how these benefits affect our own creative growth through free-writes, introspective questionnaires and inspiring discussions. We will practice some of the exercises laid out in The Artist’s Way, learn how to interpret key terms such as the Great Creator, Synchronicity and U-turns, and discuss the important role of creativity and reflection in our everyday lives.

You don’t have to be a practicing writer to attend – and your writing will never be judged. You also do not need to share your work unless you want to. This workshop is not about writing well; it’s about using writing for well-being.

Facilitated by Carolyn Grisold, M.A., Innings Gate Co.’s Creativity Unlocked workshops have been running since 2014. Carolyn’s graduate studies focused on using reflexive writing as a way to help prevent workplace burnout, but there are many other benefits to this expressive art – such as rejuvenating our inner artist, developing a sanctuary through regular creative practice or simply finding more joy in daily life.

Please note: writing can unlock deep emotion; this class is not meant to replace professional therapy.

Dates, Location & Pricing

This course is currently unavailable. Stay tuned for updates on new dates, or check out our Special Events for other courses!

$250 for 12 weekly hourlong sessions

*Please bring pen & paper*
If you would like to purchase a copy of The Artist’s Way, please click here. You are not required to own the book to attend these workshops, but it helps if you can do further reading on your own.

Zoom (online experience)
*Link will be emailed after registration*

Weekly Breakdown

Week One: Recovering a Sense of Safety
Key concepts: Shadow Artists, Core Negative Beliefs and Creative Affirmations

Week Two: Recovering a Sense of Identity
Key concepts: Poisonous Playmates, Paying Attention and the Rules of the Road

Week Three: Recovering a Sense of Power
Key concepts: Synchronicity, Anger as a Road Map and Dealing with Criticism

Week Four: Recovering a Sense of Integrity
Key concepts: Honest Changes, Buried Dreams and Media Deprivation

Week Five: Recovering a Sense of Possibility
Key concepts: Limits, the Virtue Trap and Forbidden Joys

Week Six: Recovering a Sense of Abundance
Key concepts: The Great Creator, Luxury and Money Madness

Week Seven: Recovering a Sense of Connection
Key concepts: Perfectionism, Risk and Jealousy

Week Eight: Recovering a Sense of Strength
Key concepts: Gain Disguised as Loss, Age and Time, and Filling the Form

Week Nine: Recovering a Sense of Compassion
Key concepts: Fear, Enthusiasm and Creative U-Turns

Week Ten: Recovering a Sense of Self-Protection
Key concepts: Workaholism, Drought and Competition

Week Eleven: Recovering a Sense of Autonomy
Key concepts: Acceptance, Success and Weekly Walks

Week Twelve: Recovering a Sense of Faith
Key concepts: Trusting, Mystery and Escape Velocity