Julia Cameron

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Julia B. Cameron
Born (1948-03-04) March 4, 1948 (age 70)
Libertyville, Illinois, U.S.
Residence New Mexico
Nationality American
Education Georgetown University,
Occupation Teacher, author, filmmaker, playwright, journalist
Known for The Artist's Way
Martin Scorsese
(m. 1976; div. 1977)

Mark Bryan
Children 1
Website Julia Cameron Live

Julia B. Cameron (born March 4, 1948[1]) is an American teacher, author, artist, poet, playwright, novelist, filmmaker, composer, and journalist. She is most famous 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 and raised in a Chicago suburb, and grew up Catholic. She started college at Georgetown University, then transferred to Fordham. She started her journalism career at the Washington Post, then moved on to Rolling Stone.[2]

She met Martin Scorsese when interviewing him for Rolling Stone. 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. Cameron and Scorsese collaborated on three films.

Cameron's memoir Floor Sample details her descent into alcoholism and drug addiction, which induced blackouts, paranoia and psychosis.[3] In 1978, reaching a point in her life when writing and drinking could no longer coexist,[4] Cameron stopped the drugs and alcohol, and began teaching creative unblocking, eventually publishing the book based on her work: The Artist's Way.[3] She states creativity is an authentic spiritual path.[2]

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.[2] At Northwestern University, she was writer in residence for film.[2] 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.

Cameron has lived in Los Angeles,[5] Chicago,[5] New York City,[5] and Washington D.C.,[1] but now lives in New Mexico.[2]





  • 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 "A Biography of Julia Cameron". Archived from the original on December 24, 2008. Retrieved December 20, 2008. 
  3. ^ a b Publishers Weekly. "Floor Sample: A Creative Memoir". Retrieved 2013-09-14. 
  4. ^ "How the artist found her way, INTERVIEW BY JAY MACDONALD, Julia Cameron's path from rock bottom to creative success". Retrieved 2012-01-14. 
  5. ^ a b c "Floor Sample: A Creative Memoir. (Brief Article) (Book Review)". Publishers Weekly. 253 (8): 144. February 20, 2006. 

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