Write to be Healed Journaling Workshop:
This program is designed by Janine De Tillio Cammarata after more than 30 years of writing in and working with her personal journals.
It has been proven that self-inquiry through physically writing in a journal has the ability to heal. This workshop specifically focuses on using a journal to heal from injury, illness, loss or tragedy. It also is designed to empower, enlighten, and support anyone on their personal life path.
Even if you aren't a writer, you can journal. Like anything else, it's a practice and the more you do it, the easier it becomes. Journaling allows us to search within our mind to get to the heart of where we want to be in our lives and what is stopping us. In this workshop, many techniques and exercises are used to build your journaling practice to healing and self-awareness.
It can be personalized for individual or group workshops.
The Writer’s Journal: A Guide to Creating Characters to Build Stories sm
School Program Theme
Fictional character development within the framework of a story map.
Themes to touch upon:
· Generating ideas
· Analyzing characters
· Inferences on character behavior and emotions
· Flexible thinking
· Creating a lifelong love of writing
· Immersion in the process
These themes would touch upon Standards 1, 3 and 4
Standard 1—Using a photo and journal prompts, students collect data, facts and develop ideas. By sharing their ideas they make interpretations and react to the information shared.
Standard 3—By listening and reading work, students analyze the information based on clarity of idea and ability to write a story based on what has been provided.
Standard 4—Through pairing with a partner and sharing their work in a positive environment, social communication and respect for other’s opinions and ideas are developed. Not only is it imperative to respect another views and writings, but it’s important to write knowing that it takes many edits before a story is finished.
Goal: Inspiration for creating characters is all around us. Introduce journal writing to record daily observations and collect data, facts, and ideas—people, the world, setting, recording details, dreams, feelings, and news. Learn to listen and pay attention to the world around us.
How I write using examples of characters from my book, The Puzzle Quests: Shimmer’s Eggs
Creating characters that develop into stories.
Introduction: Use of a photo prompt to collectively create a character.
· Use of a photo prompt to develop a character (group participation)
· Choose to use the current or different photo to create their own character using Creative Character Worksheet Word Web
· Create plot
· Continued journal prompts for deeper character understanding.
· Explain how this process worked in The Puzzle Quests: Shimmer’s Eggs
o Examples of character development
o Moving past getting stuck
o Resolving the problem
o Letting the character’s personality flow. No judgment or editing
o Reading the story out loud when editing for effectiveness
Activities are based on grade, length of class, and number of visits. Available for 4/5th grades, middle school and high school.
School-wide assembly program also available upon request.
“Janine Cammarata, a natural teacher of her craft, is able to ignite a spark even in your most reluctant writer!”
--Marcy Philo, 4th grade teacher, Karigon Elementary School, Clifton Park, NY
"Thank you so much for visiting! My kids truly enjoyed your lesson. I've never had so much fun or participation during an author visit. We were all excited to continue working on our pieces!"
--Shannon Race, 4th grade teacher, Karigon Elementary School, Clifton Park, NY
Dream Writing for Healing and Self-Awareness:
A workshop on dreaming for your future, healing, and self-awareness. Work your way through your dreams using easy techniques that anyone can do. The experience is open to those wanting to connect to their dreams and use their messages to improve their lives and connect with their souls. Learn how to recall your dreams, and use them to guide your waking life during this fun and laid back workshop. Bring a journal/notebook, pen, dream or image, and an open mind. Suitable for ages 15 and up.
Janine is available to attend book group gatherings in Albany, New York/Capital District area. Please email your date, location and number of books to be purchased.
Click the links below to view and print the discussion questions for your book club!
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