Author Visits & Workshops

 

Write to be Healed Journaling Workshop:

This program is designed by Janine De Tillio Cammarata after more than 30 years of writing in and working with her personal journals.

It has been proven that self-inquiry through physically writing in a journal has the ability to heal. This workshop specifically focuses on using a journal to heal from injury, illness, loss or tragedy. It also is designed to empower, enlighten, and support anyone on their personal life path. 

Even if you aren't a writer, you can journal. Like anything else, it's a practice and the more you do it, the easier it becomes. Journaling allows us to search within our mind to get to the heart of where we want to be in our lives and what is stopping us. In this workshop, many techniques and exercises are used to build your journaling practice to healing and self-awareness.

It can be personalized for individual or group workshops and combined with yoga and meditation.

Download the Journaling to Joy Idea Worksheet


 

Elementary School Writing Program:

Hands-on character development for fiction stories. Fully engages students in the process of beginning a story with strong characters and how these characters’ greatest fears create the plot. Journal writing using photos and life stories is another option. Workshops can be personalized for specific educational needs and homeschool programs.


 

Middle School Writing Program:

Hands-on character development for fiction stories. Fully engages students in the process of beginning a story with strong characters and how these characters’ greatest fears create the plot. Longer workshops include other aspects of writing a short story. Workshops can be personalized for specific educational needs and homeschool programs.


High School Writing Program:

Discuss and incorporate fiction or non-fiction writing process. Hands-on exercises to engage both students and teachers. Can be personalized to curriculum.


The Power of Giving and How it Transforms Us:

Whether it’s a cancer diagnosis or a life-changing tragedy, we all have the choice to give up or fight. But what happens when we choose not only to fight but to give of ourselves, to use our experiences, our hopes, and our disappointments to benefit others? In her latest book, What Makes Them Amazing: Inspiring Stories of Young Adults Fighting Cancer, Cammarata shares her unique and moving experience about how the power of giving has the ability to transform. The stories featured in her book are further examples of how the choice to fight coupled with the subsequent commitment to giving leads to deep changes in perspective, stronger faith, self-gratification, as well as lessons in letting go. These are lessons that not only benefit but transform the donor, the recipient, and all those who bear witness. No matter what the outcome of these young adults’ journeys, their stories speak to the hope, determination and love that inspire others to fight when faced with life’s adversities. These are the stories of our communities, our families, and our young adults’ lives and legacies.


Dream Writing for Healing and Self-Awareness:

A workshop on dreaming for your future, healing, and self-awareness. Work your way through your dreams using easy techniques that anyone can do. The experience is open to those wanting to connect to their dreams and use their messages to improve their lives and connect with their souls. Learn how to recall your dreams, and use them to guide your waking life during this fun and laid back workshop. Bring a journal/notebook, pen, dream or image, and an open mind. Dress comfy. Suitable for ages 15 and up.


Book Clubs:

Janine is available to attend book group gatherings in Albany, New York/Capital District area. Please email your date, location and number of books to be purchased.

Click the links below to view and print the discussion questions for your book club!

Warriors Within: Book One of the Fianna Cycles Discussion Questions
Eyes of the Goddess: Book Two of the Fianna Cycles Discussion Questions

To schedule a visit or plan a workshop, please click here.

What's Being Said?

  • "I loved learning about the Celtic lore that is written about in this book! Can't wait to read the next one :)"

    Cie


  • "The girls' best treat yesterday (Halloween) was picking up their personalized copy of Shimmer's Eggs from our favorite author! The girls were beta readers a couple of years ago before it went to press!

    Time travel, enduring friendships, and persevering during hard times...this book is best for midde elementary aged readers...but I loved it too! Heart-warming, an adventure-filled story about childhood bonds that wishstand place and time!"

    Felicia


  • "Your book is excellent – a picture of Celtic landscape and adventure remained in my mind long after I completed the novel - I am looking forward to your sequel!"

    Mary


  • Adult Writing Workshop Reviews

    "Through this class I was finally able to complete something that I am confident about."

    "It bumped my thinking from left-brain to right-brain--a whole new mind!"


     

  • "Cammarata's action packed storytelling never lets up. The urgency of the pacing draws the reader into Maecha's world quickly, but it is the fierceness of her loyalty and love that defines the narrative. Well-developed details ground the magical elements and make a world where people time travel in their dreams and are friends with gods believable. Jumping from the ancient past to modern day is at first jarring, but as the characters' lives weave together, their complicated relationships deepen the meaning of the story and give it a powerful sense of destiny fulfilled. "

    The US Review of Books


  • "I just wanted to let you know that I loved your book. I have been an avid reader of fantasy based novels or most of my life and I found this one refreshing and highly engaging. I truly hope there will be a few more books in this cycle. Thanks!"

    Rebecca


  • Adult Journaling Workshop Reviews

    "Being able to take time to journal and focus on myself has been an incredible experience."


     

  • Adult Writing Workshop Reviews

    "Through this class I was finally able to complete something that I am confident about."

    "It bumped my thinking from left-brain to right-brain--a whole new mind!"


     

  • "I bought The Warrior Within at a fundraiser although it was not the type of book I usually purchase. I have been missing out..! I was immediately hooked and disappointed that it took so long for Eyes of the Goddess to be published. Please know that I purchased Eyes of the Goddess through Amazon and appreciate how quickly it was delivered. I am amazed a the skill of the author in being able to transition from the present to the past without losing the reader in the process. I love the Celtic aspect and the storyline continues to keep me addicted to this trilogy. I am eagerly waiting for the next (and unfortunately the last) book to be published. A whole new world of books has been opened to me though my initial purchase of The Warrior Within"

    Ann Frantti


  • Adult Writing Workshop Reviews

    "Through this class I was finally able to complete something that I am confident about."

    "It bumped my thinking from left-brain to right-brain--a whole new mind!"


     

  • Adult Writing Workshop Review

    "This well-thought-out course covered the essentials of creative writing in a logical progression. Class discussion and activities as well as assignments were thought-provoking and stimulating."


     

  • "The Puzzle Quests: Shimmer's Eggs is amazing. Haven't been able to put it down. What a wonderful magical adventure!!"

    Melissa


  • "I SO enjoyed your work, I didn’t want to put it down, and then didn’t want it to end. I am very excited for the next book in the series, to continue my adventure with the sisters."

    Judi


  • "I usually read mysteries or non fiction. Every once in a while I like to try something different. If you like J.R.R. Tolkien or the Chronicles of Narnia this is a good fit. I enjoyed the story line and the character development. I wonder if and when book 2 will be available?"

    Marla


  • "Eyes of the Goddess, Book Two of the Fianna Cycle, takes up where Warriors Within left off. Present-day New York City is entwined with 3rd century Ireland by their respective inhabitants, Michaela Sommers and Maecha Ruadh Mac Art, heiress to the throne of Tara. Michaela is involved in a search for the drug lord who killed her father, Police Narcotics Officer Jack Sommers, while Maecha is about to embark on a voyage to Alba (ancient Scotland) to free her father, King Cormac, who had been kidnapped by the Picts. The two worlds are connected by the dream travel of Michaela, the chief druid Finnius Amergin, and Natalie, a child who exists in NYC but is destined to save ancient Ireland from ruin. Cammarata's keen knowledge of Celtic lore and skill in martial arts combine to create an exciting story of ancient battles, gods and magic, honor, loyalty and love. Young adults who love a good adventure story will certainly love this one. While Eyes of the Goddess can be read as a stand-alone, readers will want to start with Warriors Within to experience the full epic tale."

    Joan Weiskotten

    Young Adult Librarian
    Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library

Events & Workshops

  • NATIONAL NOVEL WRITING MONTH! 

    MIDDLE GRADE FICTION WRITING WORKSHOP

    WEDNESDAYS, NOVEMBER 1, 18, & 15 FROM  5-6PM

    Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library: Jo Piracci Board Room

    Teens in grades 6-8 or homeschool equivalent

    Do you have a story in you, but don’t know how to start, are stuck in the middle or can’t figure out how to end? Join award-winning author Janine De Tillio Cammarata for a writing workshop, which will focus on creating and finishing short stories that may be expanded into a novel! All level of writer’s welcome! Each class builds upon the previous so commitment to all three classes is recommended.

    Bring a notebook and pen

    Register at: CPH Library Website

     

  • JOURNALING WORKSHOPS

    Must register for each workshop separately:

    WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 15--Piracci Board Room

    WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 13--Piracci Board Room

    WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 10, 2018--TBD

    WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2018--TBD

    FROM 6:30-8:30pm

     

    Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library: Piracci Board Room

    Adults 18+

    Whether it's in a notebook, blog, or sketchpad journaling can help you lead a whole and fulfilling life. It's a way to keep track of goals, life activities, dreams, and is very fun! Learn the many ways to express yourself! Each workshop will be different so come to them all!

     

     

     

  • EVENTS FOR THE PUZZLE QUESTS: SHIMMER'S EGGS

     

    BOOK SIGNING!

    Saturday, November 18 from 3:00-4:30pm

    The Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza, Albany, NY

    Click here for more information!

     

    BOOK RELEASE PARTY!

    Sunday, December 10 from 1:00-2:30pm

    The Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library, 475 Moe Road, Clifton Park, NY 

    Register Here!