Art Journaling For Writers

Learn to start your own art journal

It’s fun, and easy!

Crafting a story is an intensely intellectual and heady process. Writers benefit from tools that help get them into the creative headspace and sidestep their inner critic. Art Journaling is an easy, creative, and fun way to let your linguistic mind relax into a judgment-free visual space filled with colors, textures, and shapes. If I can do it, you can do it!

By starting an art journal practice, you will learn to embrace experimentation and mistakes, which can ultimately serve your generative writing practice by reducing perfectionism and increasing enjoyment. Mixed media art journaling is also an excellent way for writers to “commute” to and from their story world. Finding another creative outlet can also miraculously open new doors to the creative storytelling process.

You don’t need a drop of art experience to take this workshop. I didn’t have any when I started art journaling. If you do have art journaling experience, join us to create a few pages in your art journal and see how we incorporate writing prompts into the art journaling process.

In this Art-Journaling Workshop, you will

  • Learn to embrace imperfection
  • Learn how to create an art journal page.
  • Create a new page in each workshop.
  • Learn techniques to help you create your own mixed-media art journal pages.
  • Incorporate written words on your journal pages.
  • Learn this fun, affordable method for reducing stress and self-criticism
  • Experiment with basic mixed-media techniques for texture, color, and design
  • Create deeply personal visual images from your heart in a supportive, compassionate community.

Who can take this workshop

Anyone interested in making a mess and exploring the connection between words, colors, textures, and shapes. No art experience necessary!

Supplies needed

You will need to purchase an art journal. I recommend either the Strathmore Visual Journal Notebook or the Moleskine Watercolor Art Journal (any size). All other supplies will be provided with no extra materials fee. Feel free to bring any media (paper, magazine cutouts, personal photos, etc.) you wish to class, but it’s not necessary. We will have plenty of choices!


About Nicole Criona

Nicole CrionaNicole Criona designed the Art Journaling Workshop for writers after many years of finding the technique personally useful for her own creative writing and for winding down from long days of helping others with their writing and creativity.

Nicole is the owner and co-founder of Los Angeles Writers Group ( and is a native Angeleno. For more than twelve years, she’s facilitated creative writing workshops and supported aspiring writers working on novels, screenplays, short stories, poetry, essays, and memoirs.  She also runs the day-to-day operations of, leads several writing workshops, and specializes in coaching writers who want to complete their first draft.

As Director of Operations and Development at a prominent screenwriting school, she supported and guided emerging screenwriters. After managing several medium-sized independent businesses, and working as an Assistant at George Carlin’s company, she decided to learn production and produced three short films. THE SHOOTING was her first producing project; it screened at the Austin Film Festival, IFFM in New York, Clermont-Ferrand in France, and the Taos Talking Pictures Festival. She went on to produce DEATH STORIES #3: THE LAST IMPRESSION, and MONSTERS! MONSTERS!  MONSTERS! She was both Assistant to the Director and Key Research on MICHAEL & ME, a documentary released in 2005. She also wrote a popular blog. According to, for a single lovely day in December 2005, her blog was the 15th most popular blog in the world for a post about Craigslist.

In addition to writing poetry and fiction, she has written articles for IG Living Magazine. She has most recently had stories published on (Sanity is a One-Trick Pony issue), Six Sentences, and Narrative Magazine. She is currently working on a novel. Read Nicole’s most recently published poem, Advice to an Angel About to Fall.