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.

 


 

The Writer’s Journal: A Guide to Creating Characters to Build Stories sm

School Program Theme

Fictional character development within the framework of a story map.

Themes to touch upon:

·      Generating ideas

·      Motivations

·      Analyzing characters

·      Inferences on character behavior and emotions

·      Flexible thinking

·      Creating a lifelong love of writing

·      Immersion in the process

These themes would touch upon Standards 1, 3 and 4

Standard 1—Using a photo and journal prompts, students collect data, facts and develop ideas. By sharing their ideas they make interpretations and react to the information shared.

Standard 3—By listening and reading work, students analyze the information based on clarity of idea and ability to write a story based on what has been provided.

Standard 4—Through pairing with a partner and sharing their work in a positive environment, social communication and respect for other’s opinions and ideas are developed. Not only is it imperative to respect another views and writings, but it’s important to write knowing that it takes many edits before a story is finished.

Program Description

Goal: Inspiration for creating characters is all around us. Introduce journal writing to record daily observations and collect data, facts, and ideas—people, the world, setting, recording details, dreams, feelings, and news. Learn to listen and pay attention to the world around us.

 Activities:

How I write using examples of characters from my book, The Puzzle Quests: Shimmer’s Eggs

Creating characters that develop into stories.

Introduction: Use of a photo prompt to collectively create a character.

·      Use of a photo prompt to develop a character (group participation)

·      Choose to use the current or different photo to create their own character using Creative Character Worksheet Word Web

·  

·     Create plot

·      Resolution

·      Continued journal prompts for deeper character understanding. 

·      Explain how this process worked in The Puzzle Quests: Shimmer’s Eggs

o   Examples of character development

o   Moving past getting stuck

o   Resolving the problem

o   Letting the character’s personality flow. No judgment or editing

o   Reading the story out loud when editing for effectiveness

Activities are based on grade, length of class, and number of visits. Available for 4/5th grades, middle school and high school. 

School-wide assembly program also available upon request.

 

 

“Janine Cammarata, a natural teacher of her craft, is able to ignite a spark even in your most reluctant writer!” 

--Marcy Philo, 4th grade teacher, Karigon Elementary School, Clifton Park, NY

 

"Thank you so much for visiting! My kids truly enjoyed your lesson. I've never had so much fun or participation during an author visit. We were all excited to continue working on our pieces!"

--Shannon Race, 4th grade teacher, Karigon Elementary School, Clifton Park, NY


 

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. 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?

  • 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!"


     

  • 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 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 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 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 is amazing. Haven't been able to put it down. What a wonderful magical adventure!!"

    Melissa


  • "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 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."


     

  • Adult Journaling Workshop Reviews

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


     The Writer's Journal School Program

    “Janine Cammarata, a natural teacher of her craft, is able to ignite a spark even in your most reluctant writer!” 

    --Marcy Philo, 4th grade teacher, Karigon Elementary School, Clifton Park, NY

     

     

    "Thank you so much for visiting! My kids truly enjoyed your lesson. I've never had so much fun or participation during an author visit. We were all excited to continue working on our pieces!"

    --Shannon Race, 4th grade teacher, Karigon Elementary School, Clifton Park, NY

  • "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!"

    Mary


  • "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."

    Judi


  • "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!"

    Rebecca


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

    Cie


  • 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


  • "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!"

    Felicia


Events & Workshops

  • TEEN JOURNALING & ART WORKSHOP

    Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library: CHILDREN'S ACTIVITIY ROOM

    For teens in grades 9-12 or home-school equivalent

    WEDNESDAYS, JULY 18 FROM  4:00-6:00 PM

     

    Join local author, Janine De Tillio Cammarata as she shares different journaling techniques, such as daily prompts, creative memoir, word collage, and more! Will also various art forms, such as collage, drawing, and photography. No experience needed. Bring a notebook or special journal. Everything else is provided.

     

    Rock art included!

    Register at: CPH Library Website

  • Elementary School Journaling Art Workshop

    WEDNESDAY, July 18 from 2:00-3:30pm

    Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library

    Join local author, Janine De Tillio Cammarata as she shares different journaling techniques, such as daily prompts, creative memoir, word collage, and more! Will also various art forms, such as collage, drawing, and photography. No experience needed. Bring a notebook or special journal. Everything else is provided.

    Rock art included!

    Registration coming soon.


  • JOURNALING WORKSHOPS

    Must register for each workshop separately:

    WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 15--Piracci Board Room

    WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19--Piracci Board Room

    WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 17--Piracci Board Room

    WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 7 - Piracci Board Room

    WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 5 - Piracci Board Room

    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!

    Bring your own journal! We have the rest!

     

  • JOURNALING ART WORKSHOP

    JULY 17 4:00-6:00PM

    CLIFTON PARK-HALFMOON PUBLIC LIBRARY--CHILDREN'S ACTIVITY ROOM

    Attendees must be entering grades 6-8th

    Join local author, Janine De Tillio Cammarata as she shares different journaling techniques, such as daily prompts, creative memoir, word collage, and more! Will also various art forms, such as collage, drawing, and photography. No experience needed. Bring a notebook or special journal. Everything else is provided.

    Rock art included!

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