CREATIVE JOURNALLING

Our workshops and courses investigate different styles of journalling, the mental health benefits of keeping a journal and are designed to be as hands-on as possible. They are suitable for those who are thinking of starting a journal or those who have been journalling for years. Our aim is to inspire, inform and share ideas. While we are confined to online versions we ensure they are live and interactive with participation from all that attend. Group numbers are kept to a minimum to ensure everyone is involved in a safe, non-judgmental environment that is open to all. Click here to find out when the next one is.

Here is some of the feedback we have received from our recent online workshops:

'The course was absolutely wonderful and useful...The fee was very reasonable and very good value.

The booklet also great! Thank you very much for everything. I loved it and was so inspired that I wrote 3 pages the next day.'

'Loved the booklet. It was informative and well written without being overwhelming. It has inspired me to step up my Law of Attraction  journalling, dig out my vision board, give it a refresh and start a general journal of thoughts, feelings, hopes and  dreams.'

'I did find the workshop informative and useful. It was good to “meet” Andrew... I think it was actually seeing the examples from his journalling which helped me most.'

An example of one student's work inspired by one of our online workshops.

What is Creative Journalling?

When you type ‘creative journal’ into an internet search engine, you will be confronted by lots of websites to visit, information to read and plenty of images to look at. Creative journals come in many different shapes, sizes and styles. Don’t be intimidated by the images of swirling calligraphy and perfect watercolours in other people’s journals. You don’t need to be an artist. You don’t need to have beautiful handwriting. You don't need to have lots and lots of pretty stickers. All you need is a notebook of some sort, a pen and just a few minutes each day.

A creative journal is where you can record the events, thoughts, feelings and other issues of daily life. A place to vent, a place to celebrate, a place to work through the maze of life, a friend, a confidant. It is also a place for you to reflect on how you have felt about or reacted to a situation, to learn from it and use what you have learned. Creative journals become a journey of self-discovery and improvement as you declutter your mind from negative thoughts and create a positive mindset. Creative journalling encourages you to be more observant of the world around you and to think about what you are grateful for, what makes you happy and to set goals for the future. Many journal writers find that they begin to focus on the positive aspects of life and plan more for the future, even though they may have begun their journal at a time when things were not so good. As you journal you will start to understand much more about yourself, for example, situations that make you uncomfortable; character traits that annoy you and how you see yourself.

Your journal can be the companion that supports but doesn't judge, a place of discovery and a creative playground where there are no rules.

At Write to Remember, we focus on the positive mental health benefits of keeping a journal and its relationship with life-writing. Keeping a journal can be the first step to writing your memoir; it can be a place to hone your creative non-fiction writing skills, each page being a record of a moment of time in your life committed to paper in your own unique way.

There is no right or wrong way to keep a creative journal. There are lots of different styles of journal, each with its own virtue. One style may appeal to you more than another. You may feel that there are some elements of a particular journal style you like and some you don’t. You could even mix several styles together. The style and layout are far less important than the content. Whatever works for you is the rule. Experiment with different types of journalling and find yours. More than anything, we feel keeping a journal should be a fun and enjoyable experience.

 

Having fun at one of our creative journalling workshops, Edinburgh. February 2020

Click on the PDF to read Andrew's article on how keeping a journal during lockdown (and beyond) can have positive mental health benefits on pages 55-57 of the June 2020 edition of the Suffolk and Norfolk Life Magazine

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