My extremely talented sister-in-law, Heather, was in town for a week. Sue had arranged for Heather to conduct several events: four journal workshops and two book club discussions.
In case you are new or don't remember, Heather is now a published author; her novel, The Clay Girl, is in its third printing, and she is working on the sequel, with Cracked Pots being the working title.
So, it was appropriate that she meet with two local clubs that have read her book.
But, Heather is also a journaler extraordinaire. She has worked on visual journals for years, with the idea of leaving a positive heritage for her scions.
Sue assisted Heather throughout the tour, but I was only able to attend the last workshop, here in Carleton Place. I was greatly impressed, and I can tell you that the participants were too. Some have since spoken to Sue, and, days later, they can barely contain their enthusiasm.
As the group began to settle in, Heather started them off with the task of peeling paper into two. Yes, you read that right. In order to keep control the thickness of the journal, Heather peels the backs off everything that she inserts. The first three photos show some participants doing just that and enjoying themselves while at it.
She showed slides from her journals that served both to inspire and teach the practicalities.
There was much teaching, and the attendees listened in rapt and happy attention.
And there were breaks for practical activities.
The workshop was sponsored by the library and our local museum — The Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum — and the coordinator brought samples of old-time journals and some accompanying heritage photos.
Although it was a workshop about journaling, many were intrigued by Heather's story and also purchased her book.
It was a good night: a very good night.