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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|

Body Wisdom Writing

A Writing Exercise by Meryl Cook, IAJW Journal Council Expert & Member At a recent Writing Circle through the International Association for Journal Writing, the topic was listening to our bodies. This topic was inspired by the book Writing from the Body for Writers, Artists and Dreamers Who Long to Free Their Voice by John ... Read More >>

2018-08-31T13:17:41-07:00June 25th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Writing From the Body

Writing is not just an activity of the mind (thinking), but rather it involves the heart (emotions), spirit (essence) and the body (physical) parts of the self as well.  Allow your whole self to inspire your writing.  The urge to create comes from within. John Lee, author of Writing from the Body: For Writers, Artists, and ... Read More >>

2018-06-05T11:52:55-07:00June 4th, 2018|Creative Journaling, Uncategorized|