Do you ever feel reluctant to write in your journal? Do you get stuck writing a series of entries going over the same ground and not making headway? All journal writers–novice, intermittent, and dedicated–hit a wall sometimes. The solution: take a journal class. It’s a refreshing, uplifting, motivating experience, if done well.

Here are 10 benefits to an online journal class:

  1. Get instant access to the most highly-respected journal teachers in the world. You can learn from people who have written THE book, created new journal ideas and techniques, and have years of experience teaching. It’s part of the wonder of the Internet that you can interact personally with these people.
  2. Interact with other journal writers. You meet like-minded people in these classes and you learn from your peers, too.
  3. Expand your thinking. You may find yourself stuck in a journaling rut. Open your horizons with some outside input.
  4. Boost your journal writing energy and interest. Journal writing depends on self-motivation, which can sometimes flag. A journal class brings back your enthusiasm.
  5. Easy to attend, even in your pajamas! If you’d like, find a journal class that has a flexible schedule, allowing you to learn when and where it is convenient for you. You can take the class from anywhere in the world!
  6. Focus on a particular area of journaling. People journal for different reasons. Find a class that matches your needs.
  7. Go deeper, learn more about yourself. Some of the most satisfying journal writing opens new doors to understanding yourself. A good class helps you unlock those doors.
  8. Review the information periodically. A good online class keeps the online classroom for a long time after it’s over, so you can go back for a refresher.
  9. Feeds you for a lifetime. You know that Chinese proverb? “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” You will learn journaling tips, techniques, and strategies to feed yourself for a lifetime.
  10. Opens you to other journal resources. Most journal classes let you know about books, people, and all things journaling that you might not know about.