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
Miki Shaw is an award-winning artist, designer and creative facilitator. She has years of experience of running creative workshops, and since the pandemic has been facilitating several online creative support groups. She has delivered a variety of large and small-scale events and teaching through Zoom and other platforms.
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?
Email Miki to register your interest and receive course info updates:
heymiki [at] gmail.com