Writers Conference and Workshops

Posted by on Feb 5, 2017 in Catherine Ann Jones, Catherine's Blog
Writers Conference and Workshops

Every six months in Ojai, CA, I offer a Way of Story Sat workshop for small groups. Some return again and again using the 1-day experiential workshop as a jump start for their own writing.  (Register early for Discount!) THE WAY OF STORY in OJAI with Catherine Ann Jones                      Saturday, March 11 (10-4pm)   […]

A Time of Uncertainty, A Need for Catharsis

Posted by on Feb 3, 2017 in Catherine Ann Jones, Catherine's Blog
A Time of Uncertainty, A Need for Catharsis

It is the time for viewing Oscar screeners before voting. With few exceptions, I find less and less films I wish to see, let alone hail for an Oscar. So far, the best (in my opinion) is Lion, a moving film set in Calcutta and Australia, about a lost child adopted by Australian parents and […]

“Look out! Watch! Listen! A dream is dreaming through you.”

Posted by on Jan 21, 2017 in Catherine Ann Jones, Catherine's Blog
“Look out! Watch! Listen! A dream is dreaming through you.”

A Conversation between P. L. Travers (Mary Poppins) & Laurens Van Der Post (The Heart of the Hunter) Travers: I wonder when everyone there has a gun and a television set, what will happen to the ancient lore? Only today I was reading of the increasing number of suicides among those who leave the wild […]

From Iran to California: Group Sharing with Way of Story and Heal Your Self with Writing

Posted by on Jan 8, 2017 in Catherine Ann Jones, Catherine's Blog
From Iran to California: Group Sharing with Way of Story and Heal Your Self with Writing

Some while back, I received an email from Iran with photo of a new publication of my first book, The Way of Story: the craft & soul of writing. (My publishers knew nothing of this pirated edition.) It was a beautiful cover and the email came from one who had purchased the Iranian version of […]

Happy Holidays!

Posted by on Jan 2, 2017 in Catherine Ann Jones, Catherine's Blog
Happy Holidays!

   Happy Holidays 2016! “Now and then it’s good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.”  — Guillaume Apollinaire        What a year! What is true? What is false? The soul is challenged in a thousand ways. And yet, life continues to amaze. My latest publication, Freud’s Oracle, has […]

Light & Shadow

Posted by on Nov 13, 2016 in Catherine Ann Jones, Catherine's Blog
Light & Shadow

Many of us are stunned by the recent campaign and presidential election results. And, inevitably, there is a strong pull to enter the darker side and succumb to fear, hate, and even some kind of violence. When structures outlive their use, they will turn to shadow and destruct, allowing eventually for the new to come. […]

Writers: Seek Inspiration from all the Arts

Posted by on Oct 16, 2016 in Catherine Ann Jones, Catherine's Blog
Writers: Seek Inspiration from all the Arts

Years ago I was invited to stay at the Wurlitzer Foundation in Taos, NM in order to write. The contrast from living in New York City to the land of enchantment was liberating! Once there, I fell in love with New Mexico’s Sangre de Cristo Mountains and promptly joined with two other artists staying there […]

California Central Coast Writers Conference 2016

Posted by on Oct 3, 2016 in Catherine's Blog
California Central Coast Writers Conference 2016

                                                                             Pismo Beach, CA The California Central Coast Writers Conference has been around for thirty-two years yet this was my first time to be invited to teach there. Though the conference was held on College Campus in San Luis Obispo (SLO is what the natives call their lovely town), both faculty and out of town […]

Esalen 2016 – Whales & Writers Abound!

Posted by on Sep 2, 2016 in Catherine's Blog
Esalen 2016 – Whales & Writers Abound!

Esalen Institute hosts The Way of Story with Catherine Ann Jones For fifteen years now, I have returned every August to the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, CA to teach writing workshops. They come from Cuba, CA, NY, S. Africa, Paris, France, Philadelphia, and Texas, too. The common link is writing – both professionals and […]

Freud’s Oracle: Standing Ovation in Santa Fe, NM

Freud’s Oracle:  Standing Ovation in Santa Fe, NM

Just returned from the Creativity & Madness Conference in Santa Fe, NM where I presented my new play, Freud’s Oracle, to an audience of psychiatrists, neuro-scientists, and psycho-therapists from all over the world, some 600 participants. The play re-creates a two- year analysis the American poet, H.D. had with Sigmund Freud, Vienna, 1933. Freud’s Oracle, […]