creating beautiful journals and books

My Workshops

Marama Warren: Blank bluebird journalI offer a variety of workshops for individuals, groups and communities which are designed according to the need. These include creative writing, journalling, book arts and printmaking. A popular workshop is titled Finding Content and uses guided imagery and playful writing and drawing techniques to create original words and images.  I also offer the following half day, one day and two day workshops for all ages:

Writing for Fun
Suitable for all ages. These are aimed at identifying and developing creative ideas in a relaxed, informal and playful atmosphere using a variety of techniques including making lists, rapid writing and using the ‘other hand’.

student pamphlet books

Book making workshops/The Amazing Art Journal
Did you ever dream of making your own book?
Learn a variety of different book structures (such as concertina books, single structure bindings, flag books and stab bindings) and develop original content (text and images) to put in your book. All materials provided and the books are yours to keep.

Journal workshops
Make your own hand bound blank journal and decorate the cover. Using a playful approach, we will discuss and experiment with journalling techniques using words and images. You may decide to explore your dreams, set some goals, record journeys or simply find creative ways to express yourself.

Dream Journals
Make your own hand bound dream journal and decorate it using wax resist or collage. We will discuss ways of remembering dreams and creative approaches to journaling with dreams and dream images.

Through the Ulladulla Books Arts Project, funded by an Australia Council Literature Board grant, I have been running creative writing and book making workshops with over 100 young people in the southern Shoalhaven. I have also been mentoring a young writer and book artist on this project.

Creative Writing Workshops for school students
I have been working most recently with high school students – HSC and Year 12 English Extension groups to free up creativity. The workshops also include techniques to help with structure, editing, pace and style. Students learn about their own style by reading aloud and hearing the work of others. Workshops developed according to the need of the group.

See under Essential Questions for information about Essential Questions Workshops.

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