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Dear <<Name>>,

Welcome to the next issue of our IAJW Journal Juice Museletter - inspiration and information to help you keep your journal writing fresh!

In this issue you will find...
1. Feature Article - 7 Helpful Tips for How to Write a Memoir From Your Journals 
2. Reflective Journaling Prompts - a fresh writing exercise
3. Member News & Coming Events - Monthly Telechat & Writing Circle
4. New Product Offering & Announcements - Journaling as a Spiritual Practice by Mary Ann Moore & Nonfiction Writer's Conference
6. Joyful Journaling Inspiration - quotes and wisdom for life writers

Thank you for the privilege of arriving to your inbox.  I often hear from journal writers who say they feel like they are writing the same thing over and over again.  It is important to keep our journaling fresh so that we feel motivated to write for ourselves and also so we can continue to grow through journaling.  

Journal writing can help us deepen self-awareness, improve our health, gain clarity and more.  We want to help you keep your journal writing fresh through our IAJW Journal Juice Museletter, online courses, journaling tools, monthly live telechats, writing circles and more!

Your voice matters.  Your story matters.  Your writing matters.

7 Helpful Tips for How to Write a Memoir from Your Journals by Lynda Monk

Are you a journal writer who also dreams of writing a memoir?  I am currently in the midst of mining my journals for raw material to help me with writing – Surrender: An Adoptee’s Memoir.

Here are 7 helpful tips to write a memoir from your journals:

1. Know the difference between autobiography and memoir – autobiography is a story of a whole life, whereas memoir is about a piece of your life (a particular time frame, theme, turning point, etc.). A memoir can happen during a defined period of time (i.e. 6 weeks as is the case in Hope Edelman’s memoir, The Possibility of All Things) or around a specific theme or turning point in life (i.e. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert), etc.  

READ MORE of this feature article on our blog...


One way to keep your journaling fresh, is to write from the senses.  This is important in any kind of writing - journaling, life and memoir writing alike. Laura Deutsch, author of Writing from the Senses: 59 Exercises to Ignite Creativity and Revitalize Your Writing, says: "Lemons and limes are juicy prompts for writing about the senses." 

Try this exercise from her book:  Take a slice of lemon or lime. Taste it, smell it, touch it.  Write about the sensory experience or the story it prompts.
Our member only monthly telechat is Thursday, April 26th at 4:00 pm PST.

I am excited to be interviewing one of our IAJW Journal Council experts, Joyce Chapman.  

Click here to register (you need to be logged in as a member to register).

Topic:  Ignite Your Joy Through Journaling!
Thursday, April 26th, 2018
4:00 pm PST | 7:00 pm EST
Register now! 

Bring your notebook and pen, this is sure to be an inspiring and joy-filled telechat!

Join the IAJW now and don't miss out!
Join our inspiring and nourishing Monthly Writing Alone Together Circle - our next circle is Tuesday, May 1st at 11:00 am PST - details to easily join the circle by Zoom can be found here

We have one of our IAJW Journal Council Experts, Judy Reeves, facilitating our writing circle in May.  Judy facilitated these circles in the past with the IAJW and we are in for a real treat!

Not a member yet? Join now, write and connect!  

Journaling as a Spiritual Practice by Mary Ann Moore

Your Own Tea House Practice uses elements from a traditional Japanese Garden to guide and support you in the creation of your own journaling ritual and ceremony.  This inspiring guided journaling tool was created by writer and poet, Mary Ann Moore.  Buy now and begin Your Own Tea House Practice and delight in this writing ritual. 

Remember, you receive 20% off of all IAJW products and courses as an IAJW Member. Join now!
We have partnered with the Nonfiction Authors Association to bring you a special discount off the 8th annual Nonfiction Writers Conference, happening May 2-4, 2018. This event is completely virtual—all sessions are conducted via phone or Skype—no travel is required! The opening session features a conversation with Gretchen Rubin, New York Times bestselling author of The Four Tendencies, Better Than Before, and The Happiness Project. Additional sessions cover how to write, publish, promote and profit with nonfiction books.

I know many journal writers often like to write for others too through memoir, personal essay and other non-fiction offerings.  This Nonfiction Writers Conference offers a lot of valuable learning. I have attended this virtual event in the past and love it!  As a subscriber to our IAJW Journal Juice Museletter you can register and save 33% on this conference. 

Save 33% off event registration with this discount code: PARTNER33
"Through the play of our imagination, we gain the power to expand our limits, to integrate change and to guide our personal growth.  Writing releases us into a timeless world where all things are possible."  ~ Kimberley Snow

Lynda Monk, MSW, RSW, CPCC, is the Director of The International Association of Journal Writing ( Juice up your journaling with the IAJW!

The IAJW exists to inspire, inform and support journaling and life writers through offering a dynamic membership community, resources, ebooks, online courses, and more.  Journal writing matters!
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