Monday, May 14, 2012

Journaling the Journey

Journaling the Journey is the name of a workshop I lead. As part of the Carp Cares for Youth summer program Teen Extrema, It is designed for teens ages 13 to 18 and held during the summer. This year's dates are July 9, 11, 16, and 18. We'll be meeting in the Community Room at the Curious Cup Bookstore, 929 Linden Ave. in downtown Carpinteria.

The Community Room has a fantastic, huge worktable. This is a good thing because in the workshop we make books. The participants keep the books and use them as journals -- or that's the intention. Here's the official course description:
Journaling the Journey is about writing, drawing, coloring, doodling, scribbling, pasting, gluing, binding, cutting, shaping, deciding, dreaming, thinking, and doing. With a focus on print journals (as opposed to new media/digital journals) participants will create a journal with a theme of their choice (diary, school, future plans, family vacation, pets, life on the soccer field, music, etc.)

Last year's class was a lot of fun. I was surprised at the enthusiasm the kids had. They made some really beautiful books.

BTW, Carpinteria Cares for Youth is a fantastic organization. It describes itself as a grassroots advocacy organization dedicated to providing better resources and services to the youth of Carpinteria. Check out their Web site:

The above picture is a picture of students busy making books during last year's workshop.