This is a creativity-promoting Meetup centered around a book called "The Artist's Way". The book outlines a 12-week series of exercises to promote your creativity, of whatever flavor it might be (Gary, the founder for this group, writes software), and to help you over whatever bumps you might be having with it. We add to the book by meeting in small groups to go through the sequence together, to congratulate each other on work accomplished, to commiserate on work not accomplished, to nudge each other a little from day to day, and to generally give support to whatever that is happening with your creative work.
The purpose of the Meetup as a whole is to organize these small groups. At any given moment we have several "small groups" running; most choose to take their groups "off-line" once they gather enough members to form a group. The schedules are not posted here. New groups are constantly being added. Write to me if you're interested in working as an organizer for a new group. It can be tremendously fun to bring together a group of creative people from your own neighborhood.
Once formed, the groups are generally not open to newcomers and do not appear on our schedule. This is because the groups work well when the membership is small and consistent. This allows people to get to know each other; it allows each person to have some good “quality time” at the meetings to talk over what's been happening with them, and it allows everyone to be on the same page (literally!) with everyone else.
From time to time, as enough people ask for them, I'll schedule official “New Group Organizing” events, that =do= appear on the Meetup schedule, to get people together to create brand-new small groups. Again, please write to me if you want me to schedule one in your neighborhood!
When you participate, you'll need the book, a couple dollars once in a while for expenses for a fun "Artist Date", and your creative self. The book is available from many bookstores and many libraries. As far as I know, it doesn't make much difference which edition you use. Online, Amazon has it at
If you want to sample a flavor of the book, or have a glimpse of what to expect, please visit the official site of The Artist's Way and check out the TOOLS section which explains the ideas behind the basic tools and the creative cluster.
Creating art is a hands-on process; and the sparks generated by contacts with other like-minded creative folks is something truly spectacular. May you find this group an useful addition to your own creative process.
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