The Journaling Experts of the International Association for Journal Writing

The Journaling Experts of the International Association for Journal Writing 2018-01-17T10:40:33+00:00

The IAJW Journal Council is a group of dynamic experts that comprise 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 the 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!

2018-01-15T12:13:31+00:00

Barbara Stahura

Barbara Stahura, certified journal facilitator, in 2007 began her journaling work in Tucson, Arizona, by guiding people with brain injury and family caregivers to harness the power of journaling for healing and well-being. After moving to Indiana in 2011, she continued that work through 2016. She was certified as a journal facilitator through the Center […]

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2018-01-17T16:42:47+00:00

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 Writing for Emotional Balance (New Harbinger Publishers, 2005), Paper Sky: What Happened After Anne Frank’s Diary Ended (CreateSpace, 2014), Grandparents Rock (edited writings from an expressive writing group, CreateSpace, 2015), […]

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2017-10-25T03:21:53+00:00

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 the well-known classic, Life’s Companion, Journal Writing as a Spiritual Practice, revised and reissued in 2007 after 100,000 original sales. From her corresponding study of personal growth and group dynamics […]

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2017-10-25T04:18:26+00:00

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 Purpose Boot Camp, The Van Gogh Blues, Mastering Creative Anxiety, Why Smart People Hurt, Coaching the Artist Within, Ten Zen Seconds, Humane Helping, A Writer’s San Francisco and A Writer’s […]

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2017-10-25T06:05:33+00:00

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 shares practical psychology-based articles, tools and resources on living a full and meaningful life over at Becoming Who You Are. Hannah has been journaling for over a decade and is […]

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2018-01-18T12:26:01+00:00

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 her journal has developed into a practice that supports her emotional, creative and psychological well-being. Jackee incorporates writing for well-being in her personal life as well as in her work […]

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2018-01-17T12:39:34+00:00

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 use writing for better physical, emotional, and spiritual health.  Evans has authored five books and has taught journaling and writing for self-development for over thirty years. With James Pennebaker, Evans co-authored […]

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2018-01-12T21:24:31+00:00

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, and coaching for individuals and businesses internationally. She is passionate about journaling and has spent her life as a teacher, coach and facilitator helping others actualize their dreams using her […]

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2017-10-25T05:31:51+00:00

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, Wild Women, Wild Voices. Her work has appeared in the San Diego Reader; The Frozen Moment; A Year in Ink; Connotations Press; Serving House Journal; Waymark; and Expressive Writing, Classroom […]

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2017-12-06T17:43:44+00:00

Leia Francisco

My love for journaling and expressive writing is entwined with my passion for helping people in transitions. After many years of writing and coaching, I completed applied poetry facilitation training in 2004 and received my certification in journal facilitation through The Therapeutic Writing Institute (founded by Kathleen Adams), where I was one of its first […]

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2018-01-18T09:08:13+00:00

Louise DeSalvo

Until her recent retirement, Louise DeSalvo was the Jenny Hunter Professor of Literature and Creative Writing where she founded the MFA in Memoir Program. Since the mid 1970s, she has studied the creative process and researched how works of art come into being. She has published more than twenty books, among them, the landmark Virginia […]

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2018-01-11T18:02:31+00:00

Lucia Capacchione, Ph.D., A.T.R., R.E.A.T.

Lucia Capacchione, PhD, is a Registered Art Therapist (AATA), Registered Expressive Arts Therapist (IEATA), workshop leader, trainer, and best-selling author of twenty self-help books and educational student guides. Her bestselling books include The Creative Journal, The Power of Your Other and, Recovery of Your Inner Child, Visioning: Ten Steps to Designing the Life of Your Dreams and The […]

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2018-01-15T11:32:25+00:00

Lynda Monk

Lynda Monk, MSW, RSW, CPCC is a Registered Social Worker and a Certified Professional Life Coach with a speciality in therapeutic journaling and life writing for self-care, personal growth, resilience and creative self-expression. She is the co-author of Writing Alone Together: Journalling in a Circle of Women for Creativity, Compassion and Connection, as well as […]

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2017-10-25T05:19:34+00:00

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 Really Matters. Her first story was published when she was 13 years old and she never looked back. Her journal consists of more than two hundred volumes, and her book, […]

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2017-10-24T20:55:25+00:00

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 Nanaimo, British Columbia and beyond. As a poet, writer, writing mentor and circle leader, she has twenty years of experience writing in community and finds great delight in seeing people […]

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2018-01-12T03:57:23+00:00

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 helping them to pass along their Legacy of Remembrance to students and teachers. She developed and now teaches a course entitled Living and Leaving Your Legacy® and lectures on the […]

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2017-10-30T17:06:29+00:00

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 Loop at a Time, a story of rug hooking, healing and creativity in January 2017, selling over 800 copies in the first 8 months. Her second book One Loop at […]

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2018-01-10T22:19:41+00:00

Pat Schneider

Pat Schneider is poet and author of ten books including five volumes of poems, How the Light Gets In: Writing as a Spiritual Practice and Writing Alone & With Others, both from Oxford University Press, and Wake Up Laughing: A Spiritual Autobiography. Her libretti have been performed and recorded at Tanglewood and in Carnegie Hall […]

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2018-01-12T03:58:00+00:00

Ruth Folit

Ruth Folit is the founder and former director of the International Association for Journal Writing (www.IAJW.org) where she brought together journal experts and journal writers from around the world to deepen, enliven, and enrich their lives through journaling. Ruth is also the designer and producer of LifeJournal software (www.lifejournal.com), which she created in 1999 after […]

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2018-01-12T03:55:09+00:00

Sheila Bender

Sheila Bender is the founder and publisher of http://WritingItReal.com, a resource community for those who write from personal experience. She is the author of the poetry collection, Behind Us the Way Grows Wider, the prose memoir A New Theology: Turning to Poetry in a Time of Grief and many books on writing including Sorrow’s Words: […]

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