Want to Read “The Artist’s Way” with Other Writers and Creatives?

Join the Reading Group August 2019

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I have heard so many people talk about how “The Artist’s Way” by Julia Cameron has changed their lives. I have never read it, but I want to be one of those people.

For those who don’t know, “The Artist’s Way” is a book about creativity, and it is an international bestseller. If you have ever heard of “morning pages,” that whole concept comes from “The Artist’s Way.” Take a look on Amazon — the book is kind of a big deal.

In case you don’t feel like clicking the link, I will point out that the Amazon page says:

“Without The Artist’s Way, there would have been no Eat, Pray, Love.” — Elizabeth Gilbert

That’s some powerful stuff!

A variety of famous folks credit their success to reading and “doing” “The Artist’s Way.” Here’s one example of an interview with Jenna Fisher (Pam from The Office), who dives deep into talking about how “The Artist’s Way” helped her on her path to fame, from my favorite podcast Don’t Keep Your Day Job with Cathy Heller:

Also, Cathy Heller interviewed Julia Cameron herself! If you would like to listen to that interview, you can download it here:

Are you inspired yet? I know I am.

The short answer is: creating in community is important to me.

Being a creative person isn’t easy. Artists, and writers in particular, often create alone. It can be very isolating.

I am lucky that my family and friends are, forthe most part, supportive of my decision to become a full-time creative. I recently quit my day job, and I will be working on my writing and art full-time as of July 26, 2019. I am excited to be making the leap, but I am also nervous.

Here’s the issue: even though my family and friends are supportive, they are not creatives themselves.

My husband works for an IT company. My mother has always worked in the medical field. Many of my friends are in the legal profession. They support me at a distance, but they have no idea what this creative world is like. Does this sound familiar?

Or maybe, you don’t really have anyone supporting you and you’re feeling very out on your own? I feel for anyone in that situation.

Under any of these circumstances, who do you turn to for a trusted opinion about your next career move? Who do you turn to to commiserate when you don’t get your article into Human Parts, or you haven’t been curated for “X” amount of time?

I am interested in creating a community of creative people who want to support each other, and help each other become the best versions of themselves.

Right now, there are many different groups of people supporting each other online. With regard to Medium writers, there are groups on Facebook, there are hashtags on Instagram, and there are communities on Reddit, LinkedIn, Twitter, and the list goes on, I’m sure. This is different.

And, how will this be different than many of the other groups that already exist for writers and creatives? I’m glad you asked!

First, this will be more of a “mastermind style” group. It’s not really a mastermind group. I am simply an organizer, I am not a “mastermind.” We will all be learning together from the book, and helping each other grow.

Also, this will be a very small group of people, maximum 15. So, we will really get to know each other.

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A little touchy-feely, but you get my drift.

Here’s the important part, this group will include weekly zoom video calls. Yes, I said video! We will see each other’s faces!

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Many folks I have spoken to in this community have talked about the importance of video footage in the future of marketing. Those same people have also shared with me how shy they are, and how uncomfortable they are with the idea of being on camera.

Well, what about taking your first steps into video by being in a small, supportive community of creatives who are similarly freaked out to be on video? Let’s get OVER those fears! Carpe diem!

On our weekly zoom calls, we will:

  1. Discuss the book and several assigned chapters
  2. Discuss any big wins or losses for the week
  3. Discuss anything you want to be held accountable for in the coming week

Accountability in this context comes in the form of saying what you plan to accomplish out loud to a group of supportive peers.

Studies indicate that people are significantly more likely to actually do what they say that they’re going to do if they say it out loud to a group of people. I will not run behind you with a pitchfork if you don’t actually do what you say you’re going to do — we’re all adults here.

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I couldn’t find a pitchfork, but this person looks appropriately menacing for my joke.

Anyway, we can also set up a what’s app chat or facebook group so that we can keep in touch throughout the week, as well. The possibilities are great!

What qualifications do I have, you ask? Well, I have been a part of a similar creative group for a few months now, and I have also helped to start a zoom book group.

Again, I am not a “mastermind.” I don’t have $10,000,000 in the bank, let alone from my creative pursuits. I am not trying to make money off of this, as I will discuss soon. This is about creating community… and maybe having a little fun? Getting to know new people, which isn’t always easy as an adult?

Because this is about community, the book is dense, and requires time to digest, etc., I am expecting that we will be doing this for 2 to 3 months, at least. You will be responsible for:

  1. Reading the assigned chapters for the week
  2. Doing whatever “homework” is in the chapters — like morning pages, for example.
  3. Attending the majority of the zoom calls
  4. Engaging with group members, as appropriate
  5. Being generally appropriate.. nice and funny are a bonus.

Can you miss a zoom call or 2? YES! Can you miss an entire month in a row? Not ideally, but if you’re actively engaging on our other platforms it might be ok.

I just really want people to get involved in this who care and who aren’t going to blow it off.

That’s why I will be charging a one time fee of $5. You are also responsible for purchasing the book on your own. So, that’s about a $20 investment total.

Again, this is NOT a money-making scheme for me. If 15 people decide they want to do this, that would be $75. Hosting a zoom call each week is going to cost $15 per month out of my pocket. If you do the math, I promise, there is no windfall of cash in it for me.

Note: As the host, I pay a fee to zoom, but as participant you do not need a paid account. I wanted to make that clear because that is not an additional fee for you.

If you are interested in participating, I will ask that you send me an email at: thewayisamblog@gmail.com, and let me know why you would like to participate by Friday July 19th. Please don’t write a tome — a few sentences will suffice.

I want to make this a truly positive experience for everyone who wants to get involved.

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My goal is for all of us to feel like her by the end. (But I make no promises).

Please let me know if you have any questions — I’m happy to answer them! Thank you for your interest!

Written by

Perpetual student, searching for my ikigai. I am an Artist in artistic recovery care of Julia Cameron. Top writer in poetry. ❤️POM-Poet!❤️

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