Journal Council Members

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 ... Read More >>

2018-06-04T12:17:41-07:00October 30th, 2017|

Pat Schneider June 1, 1934 – August 10, 2020

  Remembering Pat Schneider, June 1, 1934 - August 10, 2020.  Pat was a well-loved 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 ... Read More >>

2023-07-24T11:00:44-07:00October 25th, 2017|

Lynda Monk

Lynda Monk, MSW, RSW, CPCC, is the Director of the International Association for Journal Writing. She is a Registered Social Worker and a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach.  She has a speciality in therapeutic journaling for self-care, burnout prevention, personal growth, and resilience. Lynda is co-editor, along with Eric Maisel, of two recent books including... Transformational Journaling ... Read More >>

2022-06-26T20:46:16-07:00October 25th, 2017|

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 ... Read More >>

2021-02-16T10:16:19-08:00October 25th, 2017|

Louise DeSalvo September 27, 1942 – October 31, 2018

Remembering Louise DeSalvo September 27, 1942 - October 31, 2018 Sadly, Louise passed away on October 31st, 2018.  She was a true pioneer, teacher and mentor in the Writing to Heal field.  She enriched and inspired many life writers worldwide.  She will be missed and her teachings will live on through her books and words.  ... Read More >>

2022-12-04T15:00:18-08:00October 25th, 2017|

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 ... Read More >>

2018-06-01T15:24:50-07:00October 25th, 2017|

Judy Reeves

Judy Reeves is an award-winning writer and teacher whose books on the writing craft include A Writer’s Book of Days (named "Best Nonfiction" by the San Diego Book Awards and a “Hottest Books for Writers” by Writer’s Digest), Writing Alone/Writing Together,The Writer’s Retreat Kit, and Wild Women, Wild Voices. Her fiction, nonfiction, and poetry have appeared ... Read More >>

2024-04-03T19:49:45-07:00October 25th, 2017|

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, ... Read More >>

2018-06-01T16:38:16-07:00October 25th, 2017|

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 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 she ... Read More >>

2019-10-21T17:10:27-07:00October 25th, 2017|

Merle R. 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 hundreds of thousands of students and teachers. When she retired from the Holocaust Center, she developed a course entitled Living ... Read More >>

2022-07-30T11:56:46-07:00September 25th, 2017|


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