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Writing equals ass in chair

- Matthew Pallamary

SwirlStaff: Click on the workshop leaders' photos to see more about each one.

Favorite Books:

The Way of Story: the craft & soul of writing by Catherine Ann Jones

Writing tip I live by:

Write from within

Catherine Ann Jones

About Me

I hold a graduate degree in Depth Psychology and Myth from Pacifica Graduate Institute where I have also taught. Earlier, I played major roles in over fifty productions on and off-Broadway, as well as film and television.
Disappointed by the lack of good roles for women, I wrote a play about Virginia Woolf, On the Edge, which won a National Endowment for the Arts Award. Ten of my plays, including Calamity Jane (both play and musical) and The Women of Cedar Creek, have won several awards and are produced both in and out of New York. My films include The Christmas Wife (Jason Robards & Julie Harris), Unlikely Angel (Dolly Parton), and the popular TV series, Touched by an Angel.

A Fulbright Scholar to India, I have also taught at The New School University, University of Southern California, and the Esalen and Omega Institutes. I live in Ojai, California, and lead The Way of Story and Heal Your Self with Writing workshops throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia.

My books are The Way of Story: The Craft & Soul of Writing and Heal Your Self with Writing (Aug 2013). For my workshop schedule, blog, and story/script consultant service please visit

What I require of my students

Pen & paper, and courage.

My advice for writers who have never attended SBWC

There is no one way to write anything just as there is no one way to live your life. Discover & honor your own process.