Santa Barbara Writers Conference June 16-21, 2019

Catherine Ann Jones

Santa Barbara Writers Conference

June 16-21, 2019

       Catherine Ann Jones

The Way of Story

Integrative approaches to writing narrative

Monday, June 17
9:00-11:30 AM
El Cabrillo Room

The Way of Story offers an integrative approach to writing narrative—both fiction and nonfiction—including plays, screenplays, short stories, novels, and memoir. “We’ve become lopsided living only in our heads. Writing, in order to serve the soul, must integrate outer craft with the inner world of intuition and feeling.” – NY TIMES interview

Finding Your Voice in Memoir

Memoir and Voice

Monday, June 17
1:00-3:30 PM
El Cabrillo Room

Learn how to research and structure your life story, write three-dimensional characters, and discover your voice.

Message to Students

Pen & paper, and courage are required of my students. If it’s your first time attending the conference, remember there is no one way to write, just as there is no one way to live your life. Discover and honor your own process.

Catherine Ann Jones holds a graduate degree in Depth Psychology and Archetypal Mythology from Pacifica Graduate Institute where she has also taught. After playing major roles in over fifty plays on and off-Broadway, she became disappointed by the lack of good roles for women and wrote a play, On the Edge, about Virginia Woolf and her struggle with madness in a world gone mad, Hitler and WWII. The play won a National Endowment for the Arts Award. Twelve of her plays, including Calamity Jane (both play and musical), The Women of Cedar Creek, and Freud’s Oracle, have won multiple awards and are produced both in and out of New York. Her films include The Christmas Wife (Jason Robards & Julie Harris) four Emmy nominations, Unlikely Angel (Dolly Parton), and the popular TV series, Touched by an Angel. A Fulbright Research Scholar to India studying shamanism, she has taught at The New School University, University of Southern California, and the Esalen and the Omega Institutes. Her books, The Way of Story: the craft & soul of writing, Heal Your Self with Writing (Nautilus Book Award 2014), What Story Are You Living? and Freud’s Oracle are used in many schools, including New York University writing programs. Based in Ojai, California, she leads The Way of Story and Heal Your Self with Writing, workshops throughout the United States, Europe, Middle East, and Asia. Over 50,000 have subscribed to her six online courses at For blog, workshop schedule, keynote talks, and writing consultant services please visit

Writing Tip I Live By:

Write from within.

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