The Artist's Way

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The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity
AuthorJulia Cameron
CountryUnited States of America
SubjectSelf-help, Creativity
PublisherJeremy P. Tarcher
Publication date

The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity is a 1992 self-help book by American author Julia Cameron. The book was written to help people with artistic creative recovery, which teaches techniques and exercises to assist people in gaining self-confidence in harnessing their creative talents and skills. Correlation and emphasis is used by the author to show a connection between artistic creativity and a spiritual connection with God.[1][2][3][4]

The ideas in creative personal development outlined in the book, which were felt to be new at the time of the publication,[5] are said to have become a phenomenon and spawned into many meetups and support groups throughout the world. The group meetings are based on a 12-week creativity course designed for people to work through and gain artistic inspiration, as outlined in the book. The program is focused on supporting relationships in removing artistic blocks and fostering confidence.[1][6]

History and summary[edit]

Starting as a collection of tips and hints from different artists and authors, The Artist's Way was collected into a single book and self-published by Julia Cameron for maximizing the creativity and productivity of artists.[7]

The book was originally titled Healing the Artist Within, and was turned down by the William Morris literary agency, before being self-published. Cameron typed the book herself and sold Xeroxed copies in a local bookstore.[8] After the book began to sell widely, the title was then changed, when the book was published by Jeremy Tarcher (now part of Penguin Group) in 1992.[5] The first printing was about 9,000 copies.[8] The book went on to reach the Top 10 best seller list[9] and onto the list of the Top 100 Best Self-Help Books of All Time.[10] The book was eventually put into the Self-Publishing Hall of Fame after selling millions of copies worldwide.[7]

Cameron maintains throughout the book that creative inspiration is from and of a divine origin and influence, that artists seeking to enable creativity need to understand and believe in.[3] In an interview, she states that "God is an artist. So are we. And we can cooperate with each other." And that our "creative dreams and longings do come from a divine source, not from the human ego".[11]


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  2. ^ Wolff, Jurgen (May 2, 2010). "The Artist's Way - why it's a classic for writers and others". Time to Write. Retrieved 2019-03-05.
  3. ^ a b Schneider, Lisa (January 2003). "Are You Listening to the Great Creator?". Beliefnet. Retrieved 2019-03-05.
  4. ^ Wiehardt, Ginny (April 11, 2018). "Returning to The Artist's Way". The Balance Careers. Archived from the original on 2015-09-06. Retrieved 2019-03-05.
  5. ^ a b Dichristina, Mariette; Cameron, Julia; Houtz, John; Epstein, Robert (June–July 2008). "Let Your Creativity Soar" (PDF). Scientific American Mind. 19 (3): 24–31. doi:10.1038/scientificamericanmind0608-24. Retrieved 2019-03-05.
  6. ^ Piccalo, Gina (June 23, 2006). "Agonizing success of 'Artist's Way'". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on 2018-08-02.
  7. ^ a b Kremer, John (June 2008). "Self-Publishing Hall of Fame Listings". Retrieved 2019-03-05.
  8. ^ a b Green, Penelope (2 February 2019). "Julia Cameron Wants You to Do Your Morning Pages". The New York Times. Retrieved 28 May 2019.
  9. ^ "Self-Help Books". AbeBooks. Archived from the original on 2021-05-18. Retrieved 2019-03-05.
  10. ^ "The Top 100 Best Self-Help Books of All Time". Retrieved 2019-03-05.
  11. ^ "The Artist's Way with Julia Cameron". Sounds True. Archived from the original on 2011-07-23.

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