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

Overview

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.

Goals

  1. To introduce you to the joys of journal writing from prompts.

  2. To invite you to develop your creative writing skills

  3. To encourage your inner muse whether you’re new to journal writing or have been writing for years.

  4. To transform your "inner critic" into a creative partner.

My Experience

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.

My Qualifications

  • 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

The Process

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.

How much?

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.

Last Word

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 iamthestoryteller@gmail.com.

My website: www.michaelwilliamsstorytelling.com

My work on Medium: https://doc-the-storyteller.medium.com/membership


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