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 has 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 co-author of the international bestseller Inspiration for a Woman’s Soul: Choosing Happiness. She is the author of Life Source Writing:  A Reflective Journaling Practice for Self-Discovery, Self-Care, Wellness and Creativity, and producer of the Creative Wellness Guided Meditations CD. She is currently writing Surrender: An Adoptee’s Memoir.

Lynda is an experienced facilitator and coach, and has supported thousands of people to go to the page and write for well-being, self-expression and personal growth.  She has authored many in-person courses, workshops and writing retreats, as well as many online course offerings including Pen to Paper: Journaling for Self-Care & Wellness through the University of British Columbia and Dalhousie University.  Her signature 6-week online group coaching, The Transformational Writing for Wellness Salon is available through the

Lynda is also co-leader of the fast-growing Life Vision & Enhancement, Community of Practice through the ICF, International Coach Federation.  She loves combining the power of coaching with the art and heart of journaling to help people create transformation, healing, new insights and growth in their lives.

As leader of the IAJW, she is committed to growing a vibrant learning and inspiration community for journal and life writers worldwide.  Lynda lives with her husband, Peter, their two sons, Jackson and Jesse, and their beloved Sadie girl (a Golden Retriever) on Salt Spring Island, BC, Canada, where she writes every day (even if for just 5 minutes!).