The Art of Journal Writing
The Art of Journal Writing: Prompting Your Inner Muse
Monday, 10 January 2022, 9:30 am - 10:30 am ET
Monday, 17 January 2022, 9:30 am - 10:30 am ET
Monday, 24 January 2022, 9:30 am - 10:30 am ET
Only $49 CDN
When I was 13, my grandparents decided to take me on a car journey to the Rocky Mountains. My grandmother gave me a little black notebook and told me to use it to document my observations and thoughts along the way. That was my first experience of journaling and I was hooked for life. I’ve been journaling in one form or another for more than fifty years. During that time, I have been inspired by journal writers and teachers like Julia Cameron (The Artist’s Way), Natalie Goldberg (Writing Down The Bones), and Anne Lamott (Bird by Bird) among others. As an elder, I’ve now reached a stage in life where I want to share my passion and create a space for others to enjoy journal writing too.
To introduce you to the joys of journal writing from prompts.
To invite you to develop your creative writing skills
To encourage your inner muse whether you’re new to journal writing or have been writing for years.
To transform your "inner critic" into a creative partner.
I credit my early exposure to journal writing for my passion for literature and creative writing. In high school, I wrote poetry and film reviews for our student newspaper. Following graduation, I worked underground in a mine in Northern Ontario. It was there an old-timer took me aside and urged me to take my imagination out of the underground darkness into the light of day. It took me a while but I eventually achieved a Ph.D. in English Literature at the University of Edinburgh followed by many years of teaching literature at both the secondary and post-secondary levels. I have also facilitated numerous creative writing and storytelling workshops in the U.K., Europe, the Middle East, and Canada.
Advance Diploma in Local History, University of Oxford, England
Ph.D. English Literature, University of Edinburgh, Scotland
Honours B.A. in English Language and Literature and an M.A. in English Literature, Western University, Canada
Child Care Worker Diploma, Fanshawe College, Canada
I am a published author and member of the following organizations:
Hamilton Mountain Writers Guild
Burlington Storytellers Guild
Storytellers of Canada-Conteurs du Canada
Scottish Storytelling Forum.
What You Will Learn
Each week, I will introduce a series of timed exercises using prompts that invite you to overcome your inner critic and write spontaneously. There will be time to share your work and receive and offer constructive feedback. Topics will include:
Choosing the right journal
Establishing a writing schedule
When and when not to share
Responding to creative prompts using art and poetry
How to overcome the ‘inner critic’
How to offer others constructive feedback
What You Will Receive
3 weekly one-hour sessions
Weekly journal writing prompts
Opportunity to share your work and receive feedback
A safe space to enjoy the journaling process with others
A pdf of creative prompts and links to web resources
Access to recordings of our sessions
We’ll meet each week online (using Zoom) for one hour. After a brief meditation to ground ourselves, I will offer a creative exercise that invites you to begin writing. Prompts include:
Opening or closing sentences
A random collection of settings, characters, objects
A photo, illustration or work of art
A poem or piece of short prose
Stream of consciousness prompted by a word, a sound, smell or other sensory input
Dreams and fantasy
Who is this course for?
This course invites adults with or without any journaling or creative writing experience. It’s for all levels. It’s for anyone who wants to ‘light the fire’ of their creativity and support others in the process.
It's for you if . . .
you want to nourish your inner muse
you want to transform your inner critic
you love using a journal to reflect and sort out your thoughts and feelings
you need some accountability by showing up with others
you need a little prompting to re-start your creative writing
When does the course start?
The “Art of Journal Writing” course:
Session 1: Monday, January 10th, 2022, 9:30 am-10:30 am ET.
Session 2: Monday, January 17th, 2022, 9:30 am-10:30 am ET.
Session 3: Monday, January 24th, 2022, 9:30 am-10:30 am ET.
The cost of this course is $49 CDN. Register now using the PayPal link below. You don't need a PayPal account. Once you register, you'll receive an email from me with a Zoom link and other details.
I love journal writing. It has been a lifeline for me since I began writing as an adolescent. Journal writing has been a place where I can express my inner thoughts and feelings and release my creativity. But journal writing doesn’t have to be ‘perfect’. No one ever has to see your journal. You can write whatever you want. It’s for your eyes only unless you choose to share it. Journal writing is a way of transforming your inner critic into a creative partner. You give yourself permission to write whatever you want. I have found the journal writing process a perfect way of preparing me to write more formal pieces of writing such as poetry and short stories.
What will the Art of Journal Writing do for you? The choice is yours.
If you have any questions, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
My website: www.michaelwilliamsstorytelling.com
My work on Medium: https://doc-the-storyteller.medium.com/membership
Purchase the course below for only $49 CDN.