Julia Cameron

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Julia Cameron
Julia B. Cameron

(1948-03-04) March 4, 1948 (age 75)
EducationGeorgetown University
Fordham University
  • Teacher
  • author
  • filmmaker
  • playwright
  • journalist
Known forThe Artist's Way
(m. 1976; div. 1977)

Mark Bryan
(m. 19??)
WebsiteJulia Cameron Live

Julia B. Cameron (born March 4, 1948[1]) is an American teacher, author, artist, poet, playwright, novelist, filmmaker, pigeon fancier, composer, and journalist. She is best known for her book The Artist's Way (1992). She also has written many other non-fiction works, short stories, and essays, as well as novels, plays, musicals, and screenplays.


Julia Cameron was born in Libertyville, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, and raised Catholic. She was the second oldest of seven children.[2] She started college at Georgetown University before transferring to Fordham University. She wrote for The Washington Post and then Rolling Stone.[3]

She met Martin Scorsese while on assignment for Oui Magazine.[2] They married in 1976 and divorced a year later in 1977; Cameron was Scorsese's second wife. They have one daughter, Domenica Cameron-Scorsese, born in 1976. The marriage ended after Scorsese began seeing Liza Minnelli while the three of them were working on New York, New York.[2] Cameron and Scorsese collaborated on three films. Her memoir Floor Sample details her descent into alcoholism and drug addiction, which induced blackouts, paranoia and psychosis.[4] In 1978, reaching a point in her life when writing and drinking could no longer coexist,[5] Cameron stopped abusing drugs and alcohol, and began teaching creative unblocking, eventually publishing the book based on her work: The Artist's Way.[4] At first she sold Xeroxed copies of the book in a local bookstore before it was published by TarcherPerigee in 1992.[2] She contends that creativity is an authentic spiritual path.[3]

Cameron has taught filmmaking, creative unblocking, and writing. She has taught at The Smithsonian, Esalen, the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies, and the New York Open Center.[3] At Northwestern University, she was writer in residence for film.[3] In 2008 she taught a class at the New York Open Center, The Right to Write, named and modeled after one of her bestselling books, which reveals the importance of writing. She continues to teach regularly around the world.[citation needed]

Cameron has lived in Los Angeles,[6] Chicago,[6] New York City,[6] and Washington D.C.,[1] but now lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico[2]



  • Write for Life: A Toolkit for Writers (Profile Books, 2023)
  • Seeking Wisdom: A Spiritual Path to Creative Connection (A Six-Week Artist's Way Program) (St. Martin's Press, 2021)
  • The Listening Path: The Creative Art of Attention (St. Martin's Press, 2021)
  • It's Never Too Late to Begin Again: Discovering Creativity and Meaning at Midlife and Beyond (Tarcher, 2016)
  • The Artist's Way for Parents: Raising Creative Children (Tarcher/Hay House, 2013)
  • The Prosperous Heart: Creating a Life of "Enough" (Tarcher/Hay House, 2011; ISBN 978-1-58542-897-7)
  • Faith and Will: Weathering the Storms in Our Spiritual Lives (Tarcher, 2010; ISBN 1585428019)
  • The Creative Life: True Tales of Inspiration (Tarcher, 2010)
  • The Artist's Way Every Day: A Year of Creative Living (Tarcher, 2009)
  • Prayers to the Great Creator: Prayers and Declarations for a Meaningful Life (Tarcher, 2008)
  • The Writing Diet: Write Yourself Right-Size (Tarcher, 2007; ISBN 1-58542-571-0)
  • Finding Water: The Art of Perseverance (Tarcher, 2006; ISBN 1585424633)
  • Floor Sample (Tarcher, 2006; ISBN 1-58542-494-3), a memoir
  • How to Avoid Making Art (2006; ISBN 1-58542-438-2), illustrated by Elizabeth Cameron
  • Letters to a Young Artist (Tarcher, 2005)
  • The Sound of Paper (Tarcher, 2004; Hardcover ISBN 1-58542-288-6)
  • Supplies: A Troubleshooting Guide for Creative Difficulties (Tarcher, 2003; Revised & Updated edition ISBN 1-58542-212-6)
  • Walking in this World (Tarcher, 2003; Reprint edition ISBN 1-58542-261-4)
  • The Artist's Way, 10th Annv edition (Tarcher, 2002; ISBN 1-58542-146-4)
  • Inspirations: Meditations from The Artist's Way (Tarcher, 2001;ISBN 1-58542-102-2)
  • God is Dog Spelled Backwards (Tarcher, 2000; ISBN 1-58542-062-X)
  • God is No Laughing Matter (Tarcher, 2000; ISBN 1-58542-065-4)
  • Supplies: A Pilot's Manual for Creative Flight (2000)
  • The Artist's Date Book (Tarcher, 1999; ISBN 0-87477-653-8 ), illustrated by Elizabeth Cameron Evans
  • Money Drunk Money Sober (Ballantine Wellspring, 1999; ISBN 0-345-43265-7)
  • The Writing Life (Sounds True, 1999; ISBN 1-56455-725-1)
  • Transitions (Tarcher, 1999; ISBN 0-87477-995-2)
  • The Artist's Way at Work (Pan, 1998; ISBN 0-330-37319-6)
  • Blessings (Tarcher, 1998; ISBN 0-87477-906-5)
  • The Right to Write: An Invitation and Initiation into the Writing Life (Tarcher, 1998; ISBN 1-58542-009-3)
  • Heart Steps (Tarcher, 1997; ISBN 0-87477-899-9)
  • The Vein of Gold (1997; ISBN 0-87477-836-0)
  • The Artist's Way Morning Pages Journal (Tarcher, 1995; ISBN 0-87477-886-7)
  • The Money Drunk (1993)
  • The Artist's Way (1992)



  • Avalon
  • Magellan
  • The Medium at Large


  • Four Roses
  • Public Lives
  • The Animal in the Trees

Poetry collections[edit]


  • Miami Vice TV (1 episode)
  • God's Will (independent movie)


  1. ^ a b Floor Sample, by Julia Cameron, (Tarcher, 2006; ISBN 1-58542-494-3), a memoir
  2. ^ a b c d e Green, Penelope (February 2, 2019). "Julia Cameron Wants You to Do Your Morning Pages". The New York Times. Retrieved May 28, 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d "A Biography of Julia Cameron". Archived from the original on December 24, 2008. Retrieved December 20, 2008.
  4. ^ a b Publishers Weekly. "Floor Sample: A Creative Memoir". Retrieved September 14, 2013.
  5. ^ "How the artist found her way, INTERVIEW BY JAY MACDONALD, Julia Cameron's path from rock bottom to creative success". Retrieved January 14, 2012.
  6. ^ a b c "Floor Sample: A Creative Memoir. (Brief Article) (Book Review)". Publishers Weekly. 253 (8): 144. February 20, 2006.

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