Creative Sparks - Ignite your creativity!
A 12-week course following 'The Artist’s Way' in a supportive and facilitated group.
About the course
Julia Cameron’s 'The Artist’s Way' is a powerful 12-week framework for nurturing your creativity and kickstarting (or returning to) a creative practice. However it can be hard to stick to without support.
The Creative Sparks course will guide you with facilitated exercises and group discussion to grow through your struggles and successes. Get to know others as we all make this journey together to cultivate our creativity.
We will meet weekly on Zoom for 1 hour
Open to all, no experience required.
You will need a copy of the book “The Artist’s Way” by Julia Cameron
There will also be a WhatsApp group available to connect, share progress and offer mutual support between sessions (participation optional).
Dates and times:
The April-July 2023 course is fully booked but I am planning to start one or two new groups at different times in September.
If you are interested in joining I'd love to hear what days and times work for you.
Please use this timing preference form to let me know. There may also be an option for an in-person group. Please complete the form to be notified about future course dates, times and early-bird booking offers.
Miki Shaw is an award-winning artist, designer and creative facilitator. She has years of experience of running creative workshops, and in recent years has been facilitating several online creative groups. She has delivered a variety of large and small-scale events and teaching through Zoom and other platforms.
Note for parents/carers: This is an adult-centred course, but we welcome you to have anyone under your care in the room with you during the sessions.
We want to ensure that the course is accessible to everyone. If you have any specific needs or requirements, please reach out to us in advance so that we can make appropriate accommodations and support you in your creative journey.
Supported by Mothers Who Make
Frequently Asked Questions
What is 'The Artists Way' and where can I get hold of it?
'The Artist's Way' is a self-development book by Julia Cameron, first published in 1992. It comprises a 12-week course of readings, tools and exercises to help you unlock or recover your creative gifts. It is a stand-alone book which you can complete without the input of others. In reality, many people (including myself) have had failed attempts at following it through without the accountability of a group.
One of the key tools is "morning pages" - 3 pages of stream-of-consciousness writing which should be done first thing in the morning. It's a challenging habit to establish but pays off in surprising ways... all of which we will discuss during the course!
This article is a lovely account of one person's experience of following the book.
I'm not an artist - is this course for me?
If you'd like to tap into your creativity, whatever your interests, then this course will help you. 'The Artist's Way' is not just for visual artists, nor is it just for people who have a specific end-goal in mind. If you are curious to try it, you will find it rewarding. No experience is required.
It is useful for practitioners (or budding practitioners) of any creative practice (music, acting, painting, baking, crafting, design, poetry, comics, writing, film-making, animation, fashion, advertising, ... etc.)
What's the advantage in doing it with a group rather than by myself or as a pre-recorded video course?
Many people find that it's hard to stick with the full 12 weeks without some degree of accountability to a group. Also, working with a group is more fun! Sharing all the highs and lows of creative adventuring makes the journey more interesting and less lonely. Sometimes if we experience challenges along the way, talking them through with a small group of trusted and empathetic others is a great way to feel heard, brainstorm solutions and see things differently. The course sessions will be structured with lots of hands-on exercises and "breakouts" in pairs or small groups so there will be plenty of time to talk and get to know everyone else.
If you are one of the many people who have had this book languishing on a shelf, this course is for you.
Sounds great! How do I join?
Please use this timing preference form to let me know your preferred days and times for the next course starting in mid-September 2023. I'll keep you updated about future course dates and early-bird booking offers.
Alternatively if you already have a group of people you'd like to do this with, I'm happy to create a bespoke course for your group.
Any other questions?
Please email Miki: heymiki [at] gmail.com