The International Association for Journal Writing exists to provide both inspiration and information to journal and life writers alike.  After many years of experience, writing, reading, researching and working together with thousands of journal writers, we know what many journal writers want:

  • to write consistently, deeply, and authentically
  • to keep journaling fresh and enjoyable
  • to be inspired to journal without hesitation or resistance
  • to explore your inner life and make changes to their outer lives
  • to get the most out of journaling

Today, whether you are a novice, a casual or an experienced and dedicated journal writer, I invite you to become a member of the International Association for Journal Writing and get started right away. I’ll introduce you to  Journal Council Experts who will:

  • offer you ideas, prompts, techniques and tips,
  • interact with you to enrich and enhance your journaling and
  • help you keep a journal that will change your life.

This group of over 20 of the best-known journal writing experts offers real solutions and practical guidance. We know how to help you to:

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Meet our Team

Headshot - Lynda Monk, Director of The International Association for Journal Writing

Lynda Monk, MSW, RSW, CPCC

Lynda is the Director of the International Association for Journal Writing, fondly known as the IAJW.  Lynda is a long-time journal writer, a Registered Social Worker and Certified Professional Coach and she has devoted many years to working in the writing for wellness and therapeutic journaling fields through her business, Creative Wellness.

She has authored many articles and resources on the healing and transformational power of writing, including Life Source Writing: A Reflective Journaling Practice for Self-Discovery, Self-Care, Wellness and Creativityas well as co-authored a book called Writing Alone Together: Journaling in a Circle of Women for Creativity, Compassion and Connection.

Lynda is excited to lead and grow the into the largest learning and inspiration community for journal and life writers worldwide.

Ruth Folit

Ruth Folit

Ruth Folit is the founder and former director of the International Association for Journal Writing ( where she brought together journal experts and journal writers from around the world to deepen, enliven, and enrich their lives through journaling.

Ruth is still involved with IAJW, not only as a Journal Council member but also as a mentor and informal adviser to Lynda.

Ruth hosted the telechats from 2009 to 2014, so you’ll hear her voice as she interviews journal experts during those years.

Peter Allan, BA

Peter was educated as an art historian and is a practising artist. His journaling has been typically associated with the phenomenon known as the travel diary, but he has seen the devotion and inherent power of the journaling practice of his life partner Lynda Monk.

As the IAJW Client Care Manager, Peter values supporting members and visitors of the association and website. In this role, he likes to think of himself as a “concierge” who can help members get the most out of their connection to the IAJW and the many offerings, resources and courses.

You will also hear Peter’s inspiring voice on our new IAJW Journaling Muse Podcast which will launch Fall 2019.