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9 Favourite Books We Are Reading from our IAJW Journal Council

Are you ever curious about what other people are reading? One of the things that makes the International Association for Journal Writing special and unique is the presence of our Journal Council.  We are a group of 22 authors and experts in the journal writing, expressive writing, therapeutic journaling and creative writing fields respectively. We ... Read More >>

2021-06-30T08:38:40-07:00June 30th, 2021|Uncategorized|

Writing Alone Together: A Practice of Creative and Compassionate Witness by Ahava Shira

“When we write we tell the stories of our lives—the dark and light, the struggles and successes, the hopes and fears, the aches and pleasures. We write to learn about ourselves, to enlarge our understanding of ourselves and one another.” Cutler, Monk & Shira, 2014 ~ How can a practice as solitary as journal writing ... Read More >>

2020-01-03T17:08:42-08:00January 3rd, 2020|Uncategorized|

How to use journaling to transform your life

I was recently interviewed by author and writing teacher, Sheila Bender, on her show called In Coversation: Discussions on Writing and The Writing Life. We spoke together about the IAJW, as well as how journaling can help you heal and transform your life. I also shared some excerpts from my writing, including from my adoptee ... Read More >>

2019-11-15T12:41:30-08:00November 15th, 2019|Uncategorized|

How to Feel Hopeful and Inspired in Uncertain Times through Journaling

One of the things I value most about my journal writing practice is that it helps me to cultivate hope and optimism and gratitude in a world that is filled with VUCA.  VUCA is an acronym—first used in 1987—to describe or to reflect on the volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity of general conditions and situations. ... Read More >>

2018-12-15T12:59:25-08:00December 15th, 2018|Personal Growth, Uncategorized|

Woman Writing in Circle by Denise Simmons

Every month, IAJW members are invited to participate in our monthly Writing Alone Together circle where individuals gather via Zoom to join a facilitated writing circle where we write freely, read aloud, listen deeply and bear witness.  These are the four practices commonly referred to as WAT based on a book I co-authored entitled Writing ... Read More >>

2018-08-31T13:23:56-07:00July 16th, 2018|From the Pages of My Journal, Uncategorized|