Learn About Writing your Family Memoir

Barbara Graham, discusses Writing Your Family Memoir on a telechat TONIGHT Thursday, July 19, 7 PM Eastern/4 PM Pacific.   Open only to IAJW members, who attend the event at no cost. Barbara is a New York Times best-selling author and essayist, and editor of Eye of My Heart: 27 Writers Reveal…

Journal Writing: A Do-it-yourself Project

Journal writing is usually considered a do-it-yourself project. Yes, thank you, I’ll do it my way, the way I want to. And it SHOULD be. Journal writing is a highly individual and personal activity–one that is usually private, and an activity that doesn’t require anyone, ANYONE to tell you how…

The Shift Key: The Key to Effective Journal Writing

Did you ever play office as a kid? I remember pretending to be a worker in an office with an old typewriter that we had. I’d set it up in our NY suburban living room on an Edward Wormley end table—not knowing how chic that little piece of furniture was….

How is a writing prompt like a wood stork?

There’s something about the silhouette of the wood stork– a large black and white shorebird–which always reminds me of a stocky old man hunched over, hands behind his back, shuffling along a city street. Is it the angle of the neck? The heaviness of his body? Or, maybe it’s the…

The Secret to Being a Successful Entrepreneur:
Keep a Journal

How do you find your way, making decisions, coping with risk and uncertainty, muddling through, getting perspective, solving problems, and staying upbeat so you can achieve your business vision? One part of the answer—of course there isn’t just ONE secret to being a successful entrepreneur: keep a journal. Entrepreneurs–and, yes, we…

Write for Emotional Balance

All kinds of people in different ways know that writing in journals helps cultivate emotional balance. Look at this diverse list: “We taught the diary as an exercise in creative will; as an exercise in synthesis; as a means to create a world according to our wishes, not those of…

Conversations with a Friend: Write to Heal

I had breakfast with a good friend this morning.  We sat down to our tasty meal  and I continued, as we do on most of our breakfast meets, to hear about the on-going saga.  She has cancer, although she looks well and has a good energy. My friend has embraced…

Improve Creativity by Keeping a Journal

In the New York Times, there’s an interesting debate about what fosters and squelches creativity.  One writer, Richard Florida, claims that cities are the source of creativity. I think that cities may at times cultivate creativity, but I don’t think that’s the key factor. One NYT reader, “was from Chicago”…

Write to Heal: Can I Write Myself Well?

By John Evans “Writing about stressful situations is one of the easiest ways for people to take control of their problems and release negative effects of stress from their bodies and their lives.” — James Pennebaker, Ph.D.i Wellness and writing are connected in ways we are only beginning to understand…

Writing and Healing: Expressive Writing Helps in Multiple Ways

It all started in the 1980s when the professor Dr. James Pennebaker found in his landmark social psychology study that college students who wrote about emotional upheaval in their lives for 15 minutes during each of four consecutive days, visited the health service half as often as their counterparts who…