The International Association for Journal Writing: Who We Are and What We Offer You

The International Association for Journal Writing: Who We Are and What We Offer You 2018-01-10T18:21:30+00:00

The International Association for Journal Writing exists to provide both inspiration and information to journal and life writers alike.  After many years of combined 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 their inner lives and make changes to their outer lives
  • to get the most 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, and interact with you to enrich and enhance your journaling and who will help you keep a journal that will change your life.The Journal Council at IAJW–a group of 20 of the best known journal experts–offer real solutions and practical guidance. We know how to help you get more out of your journaling: to write often, in your own voice, and move into new and deeper territory. To help you find the gold in your journals. To help you know yourself better. To help you make connections, gain insights, see life patterns, and ultimately make the life changes you want–whether it is to improve relationships, to figure out how to move forward through a transition period, to balance your emotions, to improve your health, or to become a better writer.

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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 proud to be the new 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 and a co-authored book called Writing Alone Together: Journaling in a Circle of Women for Creativity, Compassion and Connection.

Lynda is excited to learn and grow together within this inspirational community devoted to journal and life writers.

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.

Peter looks forward to 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.