Creative Journalling

July 22 - July 26


This is a 5-day workshop. All classes run 9 – 4 pm each day with lunch included from 12 – 1 pm.

Creative Journalling

Creative Journalling

Many of us keep journals as ways of chronicling our days and experiences. Some of us may even take part in journaling exercises such as Julia Cameron’s Morning Pages, designed to get us engaged with, and in charge of, the unfolding of our days. But how many of us really allow ourselves to cut loose with our creativity in our journals? These are safe spaces designed to allow us to explore, but do we really push that envelope?

This course will support students in pushing beyond the boundaries of their current journaling practice. Instead of just writing down the day’s events and reflecting on them, we’ll explore the idea of the journal as a pre-production space, one that can serve as both a reflective space and as an incubation space for the ideas for future projects.

Through engaging and structured daily exercises in both writing and art, we’ll map, sketch, and collage our creative ideas, incorporating found materials from our everyday lives and from the natural world. Together, we’ll look at ways to make our journaling process even more rich and generative, the pages reflective of both writing and art, and full of concepts to expand upon in our writing practice.

Initial materials will be provided by the instructor, but all participants are encouraged to bring with them magazines,fabric swatches, photos, stickers, maps, coloured pens, stamps, natural materials – any materials that feel inspirational and generative. This course welcomes participants of all skill levels.


  • Student Supply List: (Click HERE): Students are responsible for bringing the supplies listed.
  • Materials Fee: $37
  • Course Level: All Skill Levels
  • Course Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites. Everyone is welcome.

Price: $892

This price includes: tuition, daily lunch, material fees (if required), any applicable taxes and is listed in Canadian Dollars.


Dr. Jenna Butler (she/her) is an award-winning poet, essayist, and editor. She is the author of three books of poetry, Seldom Seen Road, Wells, and Aphelion; a collection of ecological essays, A Profession of Hope: Farming on the Edge of the Grizzly Trail; and the Arctic travelogue Magnetic North: Sea Voyage to Svalbard. Her newest book, Revery: A Year of Bees, essays about beekeeping, climate grief, and trauma recovery, was a finalist for the 2021 Governor General’s Literary Award in Non-Fiction.

Click here to read more about JENNA BUTLER

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MISSA Course Withdrawal & Refund Policy

All requests for course withdrawals and/or accommodation cancellations must be made through MISSA’s online form. Requests made in person or by phone, text or email will not be accepted.

Refunds and credits are subject to the course withdrawal and accommodation cancellation deadlines and fees outlined below. Please note, no refunds will be processed during the MISSA Summer Arts Program.

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Course Withdrawal Deadlines

Forms received on or before May 3, 2024 – Pre-paid tuition and material fees will be refunded. A $50 administrative fee applies for each course withdrawal. Material fees will be refunded in full.

Forms received on or before June 14, 2024 – A credit will be issued for pre-paid tuition, less a $50 administration fee per course withdrawal. Pre-paid material fees are not eligible for refund.

Forms received after June 14, 2024 – Course withdrawals made after this date are not eligible for refund or credit of tuition and material fees.

Tuition credits are issued in the form of a code to be used for registration in future MISSA workshops and/or for on-campus accommodations. Credit codes may be transferred to another person. MISSA credit codes have no cash value and cannot be refunded.

If MISSA must cancel a workshop, students will be offered an alternative workshop. If the 2024 program is completely cancelled (due to COVID restrictions or any other force majeure), a full refund will be given (tuition, material fee and accommodation) or a MISSA credit will be offered.

Accommodation Cancellation Deadlines
On-campus accommodations may be cancelled up to 14 days prior to the first day of MISSA and pre-paid accommodation fees will be refunded, less a $50 deposit fee. Accommodation cancellations made after the deadline are not eligible for refund.

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If you must withdraw from a course and/or cancel your accommodations due to exceptional circumstances, you may request a refund on the basis of hardship and/or compassionate grounds. All requests must be made in writing using the online form. Approval of such requests may only be made by the MISSA Board of Directors and will be considered on a case-by-case basis.


This price includes: tuition, daily lunch, material fees (if required), any applicable taxes and is listed in Canadian Dollars.