Write to be Healed Journaling Workshop:

This program is designed by Janine De Tillio Cammarata after more than 30 years of writing in and working with her personal journals.

It has been proven that self-inquiry through physically writing in a journal has the ability to heal. This workshop specifically focuses on using a journal to heal from injury, illness, loss or tragedy. It also is designed to empower, enlighten, and support anyone on their personal life path. 

Even if you aren't a writer, you can journal. Like anything else, it's a practice and the more you do it, the easier it becomes. Journaling allows us to search within our mind to get to the heart of where we want to be in our lives and what is stopping us. In this workshop, many techniques and exercises are used to build your journaling practice to healing and self-awareness.

It can be personalized for individual or group workshops and combined with yoga and meditation.

Download the Journaling to Joy Idea Worksheet


Elementary School Writing Program:

Hands-on character development for fiction stories. Fully engages students in the process of beginning a story with strong characters and how these characters’ greatest fears create the plot. Journal writing using photos and life stories is another option. Workshops can be personalized for specific educational needs and homeschool programs.


Middle School Writing Program:

Hands-on character development for fiction stories. Fully engages students in the process of beginning a story with strong characters and how these characters’ greatest fears create the plot. Longer workshops include other aspects of writing a short story. Workshops can be personalized for specific educational needs and homeschool programs.

High School Writing Program:

Discuss and incorporate fiction or non-fiction writing process. Hands-on exercises to engage both students and teachers. Can be personalized to curriculum.

The Power of Giving and How it Transforms Us:

Whether it’s a cancer diagnosis or a life-changing tragedy, we all have the choice to give up or fight. But what happens when we choose not only to fight but to give of ourselves, to use our experiences, our hopes, and our disappointments to benefit others? In her latest book, What Makes Them Amazing: Inspiring Stories of Young Adults Fighting Cancer, Cammarata shares her unique and moving experience about how the power of giving has the ability to transform. The stories featured in her book are further examples of how the choice to fight coupled with the subsequent commitment to giving leads to deep changes in perspective, stronger faith, self-gratification, as well as lessons in letting go. These are lessons that not only benefit but transform the donor, the recipient, and all those who bear witness. No matter what the outcome of these young adults’ journeys, their stories speak to the hope, determination and love that inspire others to fight when faced with life’s adversities. These are the stories of our communities, our families, and our young adults’ lives and legacies.

Dream Writing for Healing and Self-Awareness:

A workshop on dreaming for your future, healing, and self-awareness. Work your way through your dreams using easy techniques that anyone can do. The experience is open to those wanting to connect to their dreams and use their messages to improve their lives and connect with their souls. Learn how to recall your dreams, and use them to guide your waking life during this fun and laid back workshop. Bring a journal/notebook, pen, dream or image, and an open mind. Dress comfy. Suitable for ages 15 and up.

Book Clubs:

Janine is available to attend book group gatherings in Albany, New York/Capital District area. Please email your date, location and number of books to be purchased.

Click the links below to view and print the discussion questions for your book club!

Warriors Within: Book One of the Fianna Cycles Discussion Questions
Eyes of the Goddess: Book Two of the Fianna Cycles Discussion Questions

To schedule a visit or plan a workshop, please click here.

What's Being Said?

  • "Your book is excellent – a picture of Celtic landscape and adventure remained in my mind long after I completed the novel - I am looking forward to your sequel!"


  • "I SO enjoyed your work, I didn’t want to put it down, and then didn’t want it to end. I am very excited for the next book in the series, to continue my adventure with the sisters."


  • "The Puzzle Quests: Shimmer's Eggs is amazing. Haven't been able to put it down. What a wonderful magical adventure!!"


  • "I loved learning about the Celtic lore that is written about in this book! Can't wait to read the next one :)"


  • Adult Writing Workshop Reviews

    "Through this class I was finally able to complete something that I am confident about."

    "It bumped my thinking from left-brain to right-brain--a whole new mind!"


  • "I really enjoyed this book. I love Celtic stories. I really enjoyed the dreaming aspect to the book as well. How in our dreams we can go anywhere . The characters in this book , knew that and took advantage of it.

    I had read "Warriors Within", which was her first book. I looked forward to reading this sequel (Eyes of the Goddess) and was not disappointed. I look forward to her next book!!"

    V. McCarney

  • Adult Writing Workshop Review

    "This well-thought-out course covered the essentials of creative writing in a logical progression. Class discussion and activities as well as assignments were thought-provoking and stimulating."


  • "Eyes of the Goddess, Book Two of the Fianna Cycle, takes up where Warriors Within left off. Present-day New York City is entwined with 3rd century Ireland by their respective inhabitants, Michaela Sommers and Maecha Ruadh Mac Art, heiress to the throne of Tara. Michaela is involved in a search for the drug lord who killed her father, Police Narcotics Officer Jack Sommers, while Maecha is about to embark on a voyage to Alba (ancient Scotland) to free her father, King Cormac, who had been kidnapped by the Picts. The two worlds are connected by the dream travel of Michaela, the chief druid Finnius Amergin, and Natalie, a child who exists in NYC but is destined to save ancient Ireland from ruin. Cammarata's keen knowledge of Celtic lore and skill in martial arts combine to create an exciting story of ancient battles, gods and magic, honor, loyalty and love. Young adults who love a good adventure story will certainly love this one. While Eyes of the Goddess can be read as a stand-alone, readers will want to start with Warriors Within to experience the full epic tale."

    Joan Weiskotten

    Young Adult Librarian
    Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library

  • Adult Journaling Workshop Reviews

    "Being able to take time to journal and focus on myself has been an incredible experience."


  • Adult Writing Workshop Reviews

    "Through this class I was finally able to complete something that I am confident about."

    "It bumped my thinking from left-brain to right-brain--a whole new mind!"


  • "The girls' best treat yesterday (Halloween) was picking up their personalized copy of Shimmer's Eggs from our favorite author! The girls were beta readers a couple of years ago before it went to press!

    Time travel, enduring friendships, and persevering during hard times...this book is best for midde elementary aged readers...but I loved it too! Heart-warming, an adventure-filled story about childhood bonds that wishstand place and time!"


  • Adult Writing Workshop Reviews

    "Through this class I was finally able to complete something that I am confident about."

    "It bumped my thinking from left-brain to right-brain--a whole new mind!"


  • The Puzzle Quests: Shimmer's Eggs
    by Janine De Tillio Cammarata
    Highland Mountain Publishing

    "'What is the quest?' Luke asked, not getting pulled into the excitement of an adventure, even if that was what he had just been hoping for."

    Luke is an active 11-year-old who loves to swim—until one day he is sidelined with an illness that has him bedridden in the hospital. His family, including his brother, Peter, would do anything for Luke to get better. One day, upon waking in the hospital, Luke finds a puzzle next to his bed. Thinking it is a gift from a family member, he and Peter put the puzzle together. But this is no ordinary puzzle. Placing the final puzzle piece brings the puzzle to life and transports Luke and Peter into a medieval world of dragons and knights. A princess named Meriwether needs their help and in exchange will grant them each a wish. Longing for his brother to get better, Peter agrees, and Luke is excited about an adventure away from his hospital room.

    The brothers take a journey to a faraway magical land where they must help Meriwether’s dragon, Shimmer, find all her stolen eggs. But that will prove to be more challenging than either brother thought. Each adventure leads them closer to their goal, and they even bring along their best friends, Mark and Rose. But will they find all the eggs in time? Will they get their wish? Will Luke get better and be able to leave the hospital?

    Cammarata has a vision for medieval worlds and dragons and delightfully portrays that world for young readers. This book is perfectly matched to the minds of 8-12-year-olds and will captivate both boys and girls alike. There are adventures, dragons, knights, kings, and princesses, all twisted together in a beautifully told story of hope and determination. It is a tale of adventure and love.

    RECOMMENDED by the US Review


    "Cammarata's action packed storytelling never lets up. The urgency of the pacing draws the reader into Maecha's world quickly, but it is the fierceness of her loyalty and love that defines the narrative. Well-developed details ground the magical elements and make a world where people time travel in their dreams and are friends with gods believable. Jumping from the ancient past to modern day is at first jarring, but as the characters' lives weave together, their complicated relationships deepen the meaning of the story and give it a powerful sense of destiny fulfilled. "

    The US Review of Books

  • "I bought The Warrior Within at a fundraiser although it was not the type of book I usually purchase. I have been missing out..! I was immediately hooked and disappointed that it took so long for Eyes of the Goddess to be published. Please know that I purchased Eyes of the Goddess through Amazon and appreciate how quickly it was delivered. I am amazed a the skill of the author in being able to transition from the present to the past without losing the reader in the process. I love the Celtic aspect and the storyline continues to keep me addicted to this trilogy. I am eagerly waiting for the next (and unfortunately the last) book to be published. A whole new world of books has been opened to me though my initial purchase of The Warrior Within"

    Ann Frantti

  • "I just wanted to let you know that I loved your book. I have been an avid reader of fantasy based novels or most of my life and I found this one refreshing and highly engaging. I truly hope there will be a few more books in this cycle. Thanks!"


Events & Workshops



    WEDNESDAYS, JANUARY 10, 17, 24, 31 FROM  5-6PM

    Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library: Jo Piracci Board Room

    Teens in grades 6-8 or homeschool equivalent

    Fiction and non-fiction writing often comes from the world around you. What we observe gives us inspiration for all types of writing. Learn how to translate what you see and feel into either fiction or non-fiction stories. Involves journaling, creative writing, and memoir. Open to every type of writer.

    Bring a notebook and pen or pencil

    Register at: Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library Website

    Registration is for all days.


    FEBRUARY 28 FROM 6:30-8:30PM


    What we observe gives us inspiration for all types of writing. Lean how to translate what you see and feel into fiction, non-fiction, and memoir. Includes journaling and creative writing. Open to everyone! No experience necessary.

    Register at: Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library Website



    APRIL 11, 18, 25, MAY 9 FROM 5:00-6:00PM


    Collaborate and Create! The group will work together to write and illustrate a story, then create a short video featuring their voices and artwork. The final project will be an illustrated digital story they can share with others. No experience needed!


    Register for all sessions at: Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library


    Must register for each workshop separately:

    WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 10, 2018--Piracci Board Room

    WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2018--Piracci Board Room

    WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14, 2018--TBD

    WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11, 2018--TBD


    Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library from 6:30-8:30pm

    Adults 18+

    Whether it's in a notebook, blog, or sketchpad journaling can help you lead a whole and fulfilling life. It's a way to keep track of goals, life activities, dreams, and is very fun! Learn the many ways to express yourself! Each workshop will be different so come to them all!






    FEBRUARY 22 & MARCH 1 FROM 6:30-8:30PM

    $50 per person and includes all materials!


    Is it your dream to publish your book for the world to read? Or publish it online as an e-book? What is the best path-traditional, Indie or self-publishing?

    Join Janine De Tillio Cammarata for a hands-on workshop which will cover:

    --Differences between traditional, indie, and self-publishing companies and how to find the write publisher for your genre.

    --How to decide which is the best path for you.

    --How to write query letter to agents, editors, and publishers.

    --Preparing your book so that it is the best it can be.

    --Preparing a non-fiction book proposal.

    Janine has experience with editors, agents, and publishers. She is an indie author with her own publishing company and has published three fiction novels and one non-fiction. She is an editor and award-winning author who knows the ins and outs of how to get a book published. 

    Email Janine at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have specific questions!





    Book Signing and Chat!


    Market Block Books

    290 River Street, Troy, NY 12180


    Click here for more information!

    With each purchase enjoy a free small-regular coffee at Spill n' the Beans Coffeehouse & Bistro right around the corner!