Frequently Asked Questions

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Not Getting Our Emails2022-04-15T14:40:00-07:00

If you are not receiving emails from us, your email provider may be moving them somewhere else. This applies to receipts from us as well as your Journaling Museletter and the free  7 Servings of Journal Juice email series, if you signed up for it.

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For other email services, look for emails from us in your Promotions/Newsletter Tab or Spam/Junk Email folder. To ensure you get future emails from us, move any emails you find to your inbox, and add us to your Contacts or Safe Senders list.  You could use Google to find instructions on how to do this.

Thank you.  We don’t want you to miss anything and hope this helps!

What is the Transformational Writing for Wellness Salon?2021-09-22T17:46:27-07:00

What is the Transformational Writing for Wellness Salon?

It is a six week custom designed group coaching program that takes you into the art and heart of writing for wellness, clarity and personal growth.  During the program, you are guided and supported through six weekly modules filled with creative journaling activities and inspiration.  I have offered this program for many years now and keep doing so as a result of all the great feedback it receives from participants. There have even been people who have taken the program twice!

How is this Salon program delivered?

All the content for the program is shared through Jigsaw Box, a popular online coaching platform that I have used for many years.  It is easy to use and it allows everything in the Salon to be in one simple to access place.  I provide you with individual support and coaching through Jigsaw Box during the entire six weeks.  There is also a group Forum for the Salon in Jigsaw Box, where you can interact with fellow participants, share your journaling if you wish, and receive encouragement along the way.  Past participants have loved the group element of this program!  Please note, space is limited to 12 participants to ensure a comfortable and supportive group dynamic and lots of individual support.

Are there group calls during the Salon?

Yes, there are 4 live group coaching calls at week 1 (Getting Started), week 3 (Momentum), week 5 (You Can Do It) and the end of week 6 (Completion & Freedom Writing).  The calls take place on Zoom and last for 90 minutes.  During each call, we connect, learn, write and share (sharing is always optional).  We also nourish momentum in your Salon journey, as well as laugh and have fun!  These group calls are recorded in case you can’t make a call (although it is highly recommended to be on the group calls live if possible!)

Is this for experienced journal writers only?

This Transformational Writing for Wellness program is for anyone who is interested in the healing power of personal writing and journaling.  I have had participants who are new to journaling and those who are avid journal writers for many decades, as well as authors and hopeful book writers in the group too!  We are focused on writing for yourself in this program, versus on how to write a book (but many people have said that another benefit of this Salon is that they have felt affirmed as a writer and also some of have said they gained insights for other writing projects they are working on.)  This Salon is ultimately about nourishing self-care, personal growth, inner peace, clarity and well-being through personal writing. 

What type of content is in the Salon program?

During this Transformational Writing for Wellness Salon, you will learn the following expressive writing and journal writing techniques applied to specific areas of wellness and personal growth:

Week 1: Free Writing
Self-Care in Mind, Body, Heart & Spirit

Week 2: Transactional Writing
Deep Self-Compassion, Receiving & Not Having to Do It All

Week 3: Dialogue Writing
Releasing Stress, Creating Clarity & Moving Forward

Week 4: Poetic Writing
Mindfulness, Inner Peace & The Healing Power of Story

Week 5: Affirmative Writing
Creating Your Vision: Write it Down, Make it Happen

Week 6: Gratitude Writing
The Healing Power of Authentic Gratitude for Well-Being & Success

There are variety of teaching materials used in the Salon including audios, videos, guided meditations, journaling exercises and more! Click here to register.

“I release myself from any past mistakes! When I say this I feel a space opening up inside me. I feel lighter. I look forward to filling this airy space with joy and love – not the dread, guilt, shame that used to inhabit this space. What a wonderful feeling! The journal writing I have done in this salon – the weekly exercises, writing prompts and feedback from Lynda – all together helped me see and feel this transformation and I am so grateful.” ~ Susan MacLaughlin, Life Coach

What are some of the benefits of this Writing for Wellness Salon?

  • remember that you are enough and that your creative self-expression matters
  • relax and renew with Life Source Writing™
  • stop procrastinating when it comes to journaling and your creative dreams
  • learn six different journaling expressive writing for wellness techniques
  • reduced stress and feelings of being overwhelmed
  • feel like a “real writer”, even when writing for yourself
  • be more calm, centered and grounded in the present moment
  • discover how to use mindfulness, deep presence and relaxation exercises including guided meditation as tools to enhance both your journaling/writing and the well-being of your mind, body, and spirit
  • connect with the power of your own story and inner truth, feel empowered and more confident
  • receive support, accountability and journal coaching to expand and deepen your own writing practice
  • enjoy a sense of renewed energy, purpose and passion through writing for yourself, alone and together with others

“This Salon was truly transformational for me. I loved the way we were introduced to different types of writing and encouraged to try them all. In working through the material, I discovered a love of poetic writing. Writing has now become a regular part of my life. Through my writing, I am learning more about myself and exploring new ideas. Lynda is a very supportive coach, encouraging each of us to go deeper into our writing and trust the process. I highly recommend the Salon.”~  Fiona Lewis, Social Worker

Go here to register for the next 6 week Salon!

What types of courses are available?2021-09-22T21:21:27-07:00

We offer a variety of online journaling for wellness, personal growth and creativity courses including the following…

IAJW Instructor-Led Courses

Our instructor-led courses happen at a specific time with a group of participants who take the course together. These online courses offer lots of support and contact with the instructor and fellow participants through live Zoom calls and within the online learning space for the course, which is an easy to use platform called Jigsaw Box. Our instructor-lead courses including the following offerings:

  • Transformational Writing for Wellness Salon – a 6 week program with Lynda Monk
  • From Journal to Memoir – a 6 week course with Sheila Bender

IAJW Self-Guided Courses

These courses are available at all times and you can start when you like and take the time you need and want to complete the course. Our self-guided courses include the following:

  • The Great Journaling Journey by Lynda Monk
  • From Journal Entry to Personal Essay by Sheila Bender
  • The Focussed Journal Method by Eric Maisel
  • Writing for Emotional Balance by Beth Jacobs
  • Writing Through the Wisdom of Trees by Jackee Holder

IAJW Self-Guided Courses plus individual coaching session

  • Live Your Dream with Joyce Chapman
  • Creative Journaling for Self-Care with Nicolle Nattrass

You can find all of our IAJW Journaling Courses here>>


Are your journaling products digital downloads or shipped products?2021-08-12T11:50:43-07:00

All of our journaling tools, workbooks and e-books are delivered as immediate PDF downloads.  You can access your product at the time of purchase by clicking on the product link that arrives by email in your purchase receipt.  Easy. Immediate. Low environmental impact :)

Do you offer refunds on your digital products?2022-05-29T08:28:06-07:00

Refund Policy

Due to the downloadable nature of digital products such as journaling tools, ebooks, and the like, refunds are not available (people can simply buy these things download them and ask for their money back, which is why refunds are not available, thanks for understanding).

We stand behind the quality of our offerings 100% – so, if you have any issues accessing or using our journaling products and offerings (or any other concerns), please contact us for assistance.  We want you to be happy with your purchase and if you aren’t, we want to make it right!

What is the IAJW?2021-04-08T15:45:11-07:00

The IAJW is the International Association for Journal Writing.  We offer inspiring online courses, transformational journaling tools, free resources and an engaging membership community for journal writers worldwide.

The IAJW exists to inspire creative and healthy living through journaling, life writing and storytelling.

What are the terms and conditions for using products sold on our website?2021-04-09T14:28:20-07:00

Please see our Terms & Conditions at https://iajw.org/terms-and-conditions/

We have created a variety of online products to offer you inspiration and ideas regarding how to use journal writing for personal growth, self-expression, self-care, creativity, improved emotional, physical, psychological and spiritual health.

These products combine techniques and inspiration from the coaching, therapeutic, creative and journal writing fields respectively. These products are not a substitute for medical advice.

By buying and using our courses and products you agree to the following terms and conditions:

  1. You may use this product for your own personal use.
  2. You may reproduce, store, or copy electronically this product for your own personal use.
  3. You may not rebrand our products for any use.
  4. You may not make available or giveaway our products online. This includes, but is not limited to, making our journaling tools, resources and/or products available in a private members’ area, using our resources for giveaway with newsletter sign-up, or using them as a bonus gift or paid add-on in some other product or marketing project.
  5. You may not resell our products.

 If you choose to use our products:

You agree that these tools, courses and products are the sole property of the International Association for Journal Writing (IAJW) and the contributing authors, course instructors and Journal Council experts and are protected by trademark (where applicable) and copyright laws.

You acknowledge and agree to abide by these terms and conditions and you acknowledge the purpose for which our products are intended.

Thank you for your integrity. 

How do I log into the member area?2021-04-08T15:45:49-07:00

Firstly, thank you for becoming a member of the IAJW!

To log into our Member Area…

Step 1: Simply go http://IAJW.org and go to the upper right corner of your screen where it says Log In To Your Account and click there.

What types of payment are accepted?2022-11-17T14:16:00-08:00

We gratefully accept payments with all common credit & debit cards including MasterCard, Discover, American Express, JCB and Visa.  We do not have the capacity to accept e-transfers or other forms of payment beyond what is on our website.

How does annual membership billing work?2021-04-09T14:38:00-07:00

Our IAJW Annual Membership is a subscription-based service, which means that your membership renews automatically every year at it’s renewal date.  You can cancel your IAJW membership subscription at any time during your annual membership to cancel the auto-renewal of your subscription.

If you cancel your auto-renewal, you will still receive the full year of your membership, it simply won’t renew at your annual renewal date.

We hope you love being a member with us so much that you will never want to leave our journaling community!


What currency is used?2021-04-09T14:23:41-07:00

We are an international e-commerce site and all of our prices are in US Dollars.

Please note: Payments will show as being made to International Association for Journal Writing


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