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Thursday, March 9, 2017

At the heart of creativity

“Mystery is at the heart of creativity. That, and surprise.” – Julia Cameron

Teacher, author, artist, poet, playwright, novelist, filmmaker, composer, and journalist, Cameron – who celebrated her 69th birthday earlier this week – is most famous for her bestselling book The Artist's Way. 

But, she also has become widely known as a speaker and teacher for her development of what she calls “creative unblocking” and writing for film.   A native of Chicago and married for a time to filmmaker Martin Scorsese, Cameron has taught filmmaking and writing at such wide-ranging locales as The Smithsonian, the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies, and Northwestern University, where she served as writer in residence for film.  

She continues to teach regularly around the world while also staying active as a writer, especially in nonfiction, where she’s authored more than 30 books.  Her most recent bestseller was 2013’s The Artist's Way for Parents: Raising Creative Children.    
“I think we have a great deal of mythology around                         
writing. We believe that only a few people can really do it. I wrote a book called The Right to Write.  In it, I argued that all of us have the capacity to write,” she said.  “(I believe) it's as normal to write as it is to speak.“

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