LifeJournal™ Newsletter – March 2008

This month’s newsletter includes an article by Sheila Bender about how writing helps us absorb what is happening and helps us make meaning from our lives. The second article is a one-minute read which inspires brevity.

June is fast approaching and there are two very different and valuable conferences that will appeal to many of our newsletter readers: Our own LifeJournal for Writers partner, Sheila Bender, is hosting the fourth annual Writing Conference in Port Townsend, WA on June 26-30, 2008. The conference is dedicated to the craft of writing, where you will can learn from four expert writers/writing teachers in both group and one-on-one settings.

The other exciting conference is one that journal therapy pioneer Kathleen Adams is hosting in Denver, Colorado from June 18-21, 2008–Journal Conference 2008: The Power of Writing. Along with Kathleen Adams, many of  the leading thinkers, theorists, and practitioners in the journaling world will be offering keynote addresses and workshop sessions: Dr. James Pennebaker, Tristine Rainer, Chirstina Baldwin, Lucia Capacchione, and more. A faculty of 40 will offer a smorgasbord of 32 breakout workshops and 10 pre-conference workshops. The workshops are tracked along six themes — Writing in Community, Writing for Healing and Wellness, Memoir/Life Story Writing, Writing for Spirituality, Therapeutic Writing, and Writing for Creative Self-Discovery — that can be mixed-and-matched for a fully customizable conference experience. I will be attending this conference and look forward to meeting many of you there.

Ruth Folit
Chronicles Software Company

Writing Helps Us Absorb What is Happening
by Sheila Bender

We hear daily news about our economy and daily news about the losses of our soldiers’ lives as well as the lives of so many in the Middle East. Many of us are experiencing personal grief over losing loved ones or over losing our way, our optimism, our hope. And some of us are also experiencing the many pleasures of life–of marriage, of having children, of seeing grandchildren born, of having new opportunities after older patterns have dissolved.

In difficult times and times of transition, it is our writing that helps us absorb what is happening, make meaning of it, come to resolution and insight. We feel whole when we write even if at first we are reluctant to live our experiences again in the writing.


Six Words Tell Your Life Story
Sometimes journal writing fosters long-windedness. With no rules or boundaries in the journal writing world, rarely are you reined in, required to squeeze a journal entry into a particular word-limited length. Editing may occur later—once the thoughts are splattered onto the journal page. There’s a famous quote (with attributes that run the gamut from Mark Twain to T.S. Eliot to Blaise Pascal) that sums it up: “I would have written a shorter letter if I had more time.”

Recently a book came out that focuses on extreme brevity, called Not Quite What I Was Planning: Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous & Obscure.

Six words tell your life story.

What would your concise memoir be?

View others’ memoirs in video:



“I am so, so, so ecstatically happy with this program!! It is revolutionizing my writing!!!”

–Raquel Vargas


End Quotes:
“Whoever ceases to be a student has never been a student.”  –George Iles

“That is what learning is. You suddenly understand something you’ve understood all your life, but in a new way.” –Doris Lessing

“Brevity is the soul of wit.” –William Shakespeare

“Brevity is the soul of lingerie.” –Dorothy Parker


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