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Catherine Ann Jones

The Way of Story

Integrative approaches to writing narrative

9:00-11:30 AM
El Cabrillo

The Way of Story offers an integrative approach to writing narrative—both fiction and nonfiction—including plays, screenplays, short stories, novels, and memoir.“We’ve become lopsided living only in our heads.Writing, in order to serve the soul, must integrate outer craft with the inner world of intuition and feeling.”

Finding Your Voice in Memoir

Memoir and voice

1:00-3:30 PM
El Cabrillo

Learn how to research and structure your life story, write three-dimensional characters, and discover your voice.

Message to Students

Pen & paper, and courage are required of my students. If it’s your first time attending the conference, remember there is no one way to write, just as there is no one way to live your life. Discover and honor your own process.


Early in life, Catherine Ann Jones played major roles in over fifty productions on and off-Broadway, as well as in film and on television. Disappointed by the lack of good roles for women, she began writing. Her work includes a play about Virginia Woolf, On the Edge, which won a National Endowment for the Arts Award. Ten of her 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. Her films include The Christmas Wife (Jason Robards & Julie Harris), Unlikely Angel (Dolly Parton), and the popular TV series,Touched by an Angel. Jones holds a graduate degree in Depth Psychology and Myth from Pacifica Graduate Institute and was a Fulbright Scholar to India. Jones has taught at Pacifica,The New School University, University of Southern California, and the Esalen and Omega Institutes. She lives in Ojai, California, and she leads "The Way of Story" and "Heal Your Self with Writing" workshops throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. Her books are The Way of Story: The Craft & Soul of Writing and Heal Your Self with Writing (Aug 2013). Jones’s workshop schedule, blog, and story/script consultant service details can be found on her website (see below).

Writing Tip I Live By

Write from within.