The Write Prompt for Any Occasion is a handbook of 108 inventive and psychologically useful prompts, written by Beth Jacobs, a long-standing expert in the therapeutic writing field, and arranged by the 18 topics most often mentioned in journals.
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This small book is the handbook of prompts for journalers. After more than 30 years as a therapist in the journaling field, I have picked the 18 topics people most talk and write about. For each topic, there are six prompts that go beyond the bland or predictable. These beyond-prompts use inventive structures and perspectives to shake your writing loose where it might be stuck. They are fun and easy and automatic awareness-builders.
The 18 Topics in The Write Prompt for Any Occasion are:
~ Meditative Awareness
~ Body Image
~ Mood Regulation
~ Addiction & Compulsiveness
~ Food & Eating
~ Family of Origin
~ Love Relationships
~ Memoir Writing
~ Anger Management
~ Interpersonal Communication
~ Encouraging Creativity
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), The Original Buddhist Psychology (North Atlantic Books, 2017), and A Buddhist Journal: Guided Practices for Writers and Meditators (North Atlantic Books, release date summer, 2018). She is a long-standing member of the National Association for Poetry Therapy and writes a column for NAPT called The Journaler’s Corner. Beth has also served on the faculty of Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine for over twenty years.
Beth has followed where her interests lead in the creative and expressive possibilities for deepening the experience of life. This has resulted in many adventures, workshops, fascinating studies and enriching connections. She is happy to share the love of writing on the IAJW Council.
"Beth Jacobs’ thoughtful prompts offer one the opportunity to explore a variety of feelings, which may otherwise be buried deep within. I can imagine using them with several groups I facilitate and believe they will lead to meaningful discussions." Merle R. Saferstein
"Beth Jacobs' writing prompts are like hot fudge sundaes (minus the calories): delicious and creative treats, deeply satisfying, and layered with complex and rich flavors. And like sundaes, your eyes will sparkle once you have finished [responding to] it." Ruth Folit, Founder and Past Director of IAJW.
"If I had just ten minutes to write, Beth’s prompts would be the first I’d turn to if I were wondering what should I write? or felt I was tired of the same ol’ way of looking at things and wanted to experience the writer in me that had been a stranger and maybe would just take off the top of my head, as Emily Dickinson said. And if I did half of them, I'd have enough material for ten years!"
Perie Longo, Ph.D., R.P.T.
Emeritus Poet Laureate of Santa Barbara, California
Author of Baggage Claim and 3 other books of poetry and former President of the National Association for Poetry Therapy
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