The Artist’s Way: Tips for forming an online group

The Artist’s Way: Tips for forming an online group

In my experience, The Artist’s Way is most effective when experienced within a group environment. Twelve weeks is a long time and finding a supportive group of people who encouraged each other along the way was instrumental in my ability to complete the process.

Here are a few tips for forming your own an online group:

• Read Julia Cameron’s Creative Clusters Guide. It’s located in the back of the book and is an excellent foundation for experiencing the process as a group. The guide is also available online in the tools section of The Artist’s Way official site.
• Setup an online home base. This is a place where group members can come together for weekly meetings and support as well as daily discussions. The community area is an ideal place to set up a group.
• Plan at least one “meeting” per week of 2-3 hours. This will be easier to accomplish if you find an area for live group chats. To avoid rambling and cross talk, establish guidelines for the weekly chat topics based on each week’s tasks. Allow each member time for “check in.”
• Limit the size of the group. Eight to ten people is a manageable group size. If the group is too large, it loses its intimacy and group chats can become unwieldy.
• Create an online gallery. Encourage group members to post results of their weekly exercises or any other creative explorations in an online gallery.
 Maintain the group. After your group has completed the process, stay in touch. By this time you’ll know each other well and can provide continued nurturing and support. This is also a great way to enlarge the size of the group to include other “graduates.”

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