Play Productions & Awards

Posted by on Jan 22, 2017 in Catherine's Blog, Plays, Playwriting
Play Productions & Awards

Awards & Productions of the Plays of Catherine Ann Jones                                                                   (formerly Katherine Rao) Freud’s Oracle (published 2016; available on amazon.com) The Ojai Retreat, Ojai, CA,  Krotona Institute, Ojai, CA Creativity and Madness, Santa Fe, NM http://wayofstory.com/freuds-oracle-standing-ovation-santa-fe-nm/ Women of Resilience, New Orleans, LA Pacifica Graduate Institute, Santa Barbara, CA http://www.pacifica.edu/current-public/item/freuds-oracle April 13, 2018:  C.G. Jung […]

Consider One Word Titles for Books & Movies

Consider One Word Titles for Books & Movies

As Oscar Night looms (February 28th this year, 2016), might be interesting to ponder how many Movies have won Best Picture that have one-word titles. Might be fun to first guess then look at this list at Oscar-winners over the years: One-word Best Picture winners Amadeus Argo Ben-Hur (yes, hyphens are cool) Braveheart Casablanca Cavalcade […]

Pilgrimage to India

Pilgrimage to India

  Albert Camus once said, “What gives value to travel is fear. It breaks down a kind of inner structure we have. Far from our own people, our own language, stripped of all our props, deprived of our masks, we are completely on the surface of ourselves.” Fear brings an added dimension in today’s world […]

On Writing Memoir

Posted by on Jul 17, 2015 in Catherine's Blog, Memoir, Writing Tips
On Writing Memoir

On Writing Memoir Life is a face of truth, mirroring back to us, ourselves. – Catherine Ann Jones, The Way of Story It is the ‘Age of Memoir’. The rise of interest in memoir recognizes the power of the genre to move and affect not just individual readers but society at large. The story that […]

Santa Barbara Writers Conference aftermath

Posted by on Jun 13, 2014 in Catherine's Blog, Writing Tips
Santa Barbara Writers Conference aftermath

Santa Barbara Writers Conference is an annual six-day writers conference, now in its 42nd year. The ghost of sci-fi author Ray Bradbury seemed hovering as though his recent death would not deter his presence as he had come every year for so many years. A few years ago, the Conference was about to go under […]

The importance of reading well

Posted by on Apr 18, 2014 in Catherine's Blog, Writing Tips
The importance of reading well

Of late, I discover that I would rather read than write, rather watch good movies than write another screenplay. A twinge of guilt but then I remind myself how important it is for writers to read well – regardless of the form of fiction or non-fiction they choose to write. There is an intimacy of […]

On the Edge: the final years of Virginia Woolf wins NEA award

Posted by on Apr 11, 2014 in Interviews, Media, Playwriting, Writing Tips
On the Edge: the final years of Virginia Woolf wins NEA award

On the Edge: the final years of Virginia Woolf wins the N.E.A. AWARD   A Note from the Playwright: Sometimes story ideas may arise from what happens to us in our own lives.  Yet they usually connect with something felt within. I was still acting then and had been cast to play Virginia Woolf in […]

The Writing Cure

Posted by on Sep 8, 2013 in Catherine's Blog, Writing Tips
The Writing Cure

Why Talk Therapy Is on the Wane and Writing Workshops Are on the Rise “A generation ago, when “Annie Hall” won the Oscar for Best Picture, talk therapy occupied a prominent place in our collective imagination, whether or not you partook. If you wanted to spend several hours a week baring your soul to a […]

Sunsets in Santa Fe

Posted by on Nov 5, 2012 in Narrative, Writing Tips
Sunsets in Santa Fe

All too often in my capacity as a teacher of writing as well as that of a writing consultant, I am confronted with writers trying to be clever for the sake of cleverness. This can sometimes prove a detriment to good storytelling.

Visioning Your Story

Posted by on Sep 30, 2012 in Catherine's Blog, Writing Tips

Where do stories come from? Whether you create an original story or re-create a known one, you as the writer must still make it your own. And this requires a personal journey – both inner and outer.