Celise Downs

A writer’s contract

June 6, 2011 | "Whoa whoa I gotta go...back to schoooool...again",Life in General,Prescott College,The 4-1-1 on Me,Writer Moment,Writing Movements

As part of the Self-Exploration Through Creative Writing course I’m taking at Prescott, we’re reading Julia Cameron’s THE ARTIST’S WAY.

The Artist’s Way is the seminal book on the subject of creativity. An international bestseller, millions of readers have found it to be an invaluable guide to living the artist’s life.

I’ve heard about this book and the workbook that goes along with it. I remember hearing about “morning pages” (“pages of longhand writing, strictly stream-of-consciousness, which provoke, clarify, comfort, cajole, prioritize, and synchronize the day at hand” first thing in the morning.) and we’re going to be required to do that for this class. We won’t have to share what we wrote, just the experience. I’m hoping this will get me back into a writing routine again because I seem to have lost my momentum until recently. This book is a 12-week program that will will “will help you discover and recover your personal creativity, artistic confidence, and productivity”.

When Ms Cameron teaches this course, she requires her students to sign a contract committing themselves to the course. There’s an example in the book and I’ve decided to sign the contract for the public to see.

I, Celise Downs, understand that I am undertaking an intensive, guided encounter with my own creativity. I commit myself to the thirteen-week duration of the course. I, Celise Downs, commit to weekly reading, daily morning pages, a weekly artist date, and the fulfillment of each week’s tasks.

I, Celise Downs, further understand that this course will raise issues and emotions for me to deal with. I, Celise Downs, commit myself to excellent self-care–adequate sleep, diet, and pampering–for the duration of the course

Celise Downs
6 June 2011

You read it here, folks. This is going to be interesting.

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