The IAJW Journal Council is a group of dynamic experts comprised of the top thinkers–the movers and the shakers in the world of journal writing. Many of these experts will contribute articles to IAJW and will be featured in our monthly telechats, discussing their body of knowledge within journaling. IAJW members can attend the live telechat and ask questions of these experts. We’ll also have the recordings available to members in our audio library.

Some Journal Council members will also offer classes, webinars and/or products through IAJW and partake in discussions within our community.  This is an astounding gathering of the best of the best journal writing experts, with information, inspiration and interaction available to you!


Beth Jacobs

Beth Jacobs, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and life-time journaler, and the combination has led to a career in therapeutic writing, and several books, including ... Read More >>


Christina Baldwin

Christina Baldwin is a writer and seminar presenter of 30+ years' experience. She has contributed two classic books to the renaissance of personal writing, including ... Read More >>


Eric Maisel, Ph.D.

Eric Maisel, Ph.D., is the author of more than fifty books, among them Overcoming Your Difficult Family, The Future of Mental Health, Rethinking Depression, Life ... Read More >>


Hannah Braime

Hannah Braime is a writer and teacher who believes the world is a richer place when we have the courage to be fully self-expressed. She ... Read More >>


Jackee Holder

Jackee has been an advocate and champion of journal writing for over thirty years. From her early origins of journal writing as a young woman, ... Read More >>


John Evans

John F. Evans, MAT, MA, Ed.D is a writing clinician and integrative health coach who works with groups, individuals, and health care professionals, teaching them how to ... Read More >>


Joyce Chapman

Joyce Chapman is a leading expert in the field of journal keeping and has been involved for over 50 years in education, motivational training, consulting, ... Read More >>


Judy Reeves

Judy Reeves is a writer and teacher who has published four books on writing, including the award-winning A Writer’s Book of Days, and, most recently, ... Read More >>


Leia Francisco

My love for journaling and expressive writing is entwined with my passion for helping people with transitions. After many years of writing and coaching, I ... Read More >>


Lynda Monk

Lynda Monk, MSW, RSW, CPCC, Director of the International Association for Journal Writing, is a Registered Social Worker and a Certified Professional Life Coach.  She ... Read More >>


Mark Matousek

Mark Matousek is the author of two acclaimed memoirs, Sex Death Enlightenment: A True Story (an international bestseller) and The Boy He Left Behind: A ... Read More >>


Marlene Schiwy

Marlene Schiwy, Ph.D., is the author of A Voice of Her Own: Women and the Journal Writing Journey, and Simple Days: A Journal on What ... Read More >>


Mary Ann Moore

Mary Ann Moore brings her passion for poetry and for writing as a spiritual and wellness practice to the Writing Life Circles she offers in ... Read More >>


Merle Saferstein

As the director of educational outreach at the Holocaust Documentation and Education Center for twenty-six years, Merle Saferstein worked closely with hundreds of Holocaust survivors ... Read More >>


Meryl Cook

Meryl Cook is an author, speaker, creativity workshop leader, and contemporary rug hooking artist in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. She launched her hugely popular book One ... Read More >>


Nicolle Nattrass

Nicolle Nattrass’s professional expertise is a result of her distinct and unique careers in Counselling, Theatre, Writing and Teaching. She is a Certified Addiction Counsellor ... Read More >>


Rebecca Kochenderfer

Rebecca Kochenderfer is the host of the podcast The Power of Journaling and founder of, an online resource guide, information hub, and community for ... Read More >>


Ruth Folit

Ruth Folit is the founder and former director of the International Association for Journal Writing ( where she brought together journal experts and journal writers ... Read More >>


Sandra Marinella

Sandra Marinella, MA and MEd, is an award-winning writing teacher and author from Chandler, Arizona. She has taught thousands of students and presented hundreds of ... Read More >>


Sheila Bender

Sheila Bender is the founder and publisher of, a resource community for those who write from personal experience. She is the author of the ... Read More >>


Susan Borkin

Susan Borkin, PhD is a licensed psychotherapist and speaker based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Since 1978 she has specialized in the therapeutic use ... Read More >>