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Sweet and Sexy Social Media for Transformative Language Artists

Kathleen Adams and Heather Severson discuss social media for her Journalverse Consultation Clinic. Airdate: February 19, 2015.

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Occasional Podcast Co-host at Nathan Ohren's Journal Talk Question and Answer Sessions

Journal Talk Podcast Q&A. Heather Severson and Nathan Ohren.

Q&A: “How Do I Become a Journaling Coach?” Airdate: January 13, 2015

Q&A: “What Should I Do With This Awful Gift Diary or Notebook?” Airdate: December 30, 2014

Q&A: “How Can I Stay Consistent in My Journal-Writing?” Airdate: December 2, 2014.


Celebrate Journal Writing with IAJW!

Journal Luminaries Speak and We Do, Too: Converse, Consider, and Connect

Ruth Folit, Lynda Monk, Nathan Ohren, and Heather Severson discussed what they learned from listening to nine journal luminaries discuss their journal writing practices. Natalie Goldberg, Louise DeSalvo, Christina Baldwin, Mark Matousek, Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, Sheila Bender, John Evans, Beth Jacobs, and Susan Borkin talked with Ruth Folit about writing.

Listen to the panel discussion

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EasyJournaling 30-Day Journaling Challenge

Join Heather Severson and over 1200 journal writers as we try writing in a digital journal for 30 days. We'll provide tools, tips and motivation. Heather and the other sponsors offer free daily prompts, and give prizes daily for participation. Join the vibrant discussion in the associated Facebook Discussion Group, and get to know the sponsors and your fellow participants. Make new friends while diving into your journal writing. Participants can provide some data for scientific research about the efficacy of digital journaling.

Sign up to participate here: http://www.easyjournaling.com/30-day-digital-journaling-challenge/

How to Manage a Lifetime Collection of Journals

Published April 13, 2014
Write It Out Journal Workshop Facilitator, Heather Severson, is interviewed by Nathan Ohren, host of JournalTalk, a weekly podcast about journal writing.
Heather Severson interviewed on JournalTalk, by Nathan Ohren

Transformative Language Arts Network Power of Words Conference

Write It Out Journal Facilitators spent part of September 2014 at Lake Doniphan Retreat Center in Kansas City, MO for the 11th Transformative Language Arts Network Power of Words Conference with workshops, performances, talking circles, celebration and more, featuring writers, storytellers, performers, musicians, community leaders, activists, educators, and health professionals.

2E-1. Writing Into the Big Questions of Our Lives – Heather Severson and Sandy LaCava In looking at the Big Questions of our lives, we can employ kinesthetic, sensory, and other methods in combination to access multiple sources of creativity and self-knowledge. In this workshop, we examine best practices in observation, reflection, meditation, movement, and playfully creating artwork in our process of inquiry. We ultimately meet our own wisdom and develop habits to access it more often and more deeply. Writers participate in a journal-writing practice that gently holds the writer accountable for achieving specific, measurable goals over time. Writers, workshop facilitators, and others will benefit from the practical information and scientific verification of what we know in our hearts to be true: writing heals.

Heather Severson is an award-winning writer, educator and gypsy scholar, plying her craft wherever adults gather for self-development and education. Heather’s formal writing practice began with diaries and journals written at the feet of her scholarly grandfather. Thirty-five years and two hundred and sixty notebooks later, Heather has a myriad of effective, healing, and life-improving practices to share with other journal writers. Beyond writing prompts and periodic venting, journal writing can lead to sustainable happiness.


Sandy LaCava has been a jack of many trades, entrepreneur, hospice worker, silver jewelry-maker, movie house manager, server and chief bottle washer. Presently she is a youth librarian and cofounder of the Dorothy Foundation, which promotes collaborative sharing in cancer research. As a freelance writer, educator, artist, yoga/meditation instructor and healthy lifestyle advocate (before it was mainstream), Sandy intertwines her varied experiences into writing memoir and children’s stories, and loves self-exploration through journaling, art and movement.

Progoff Intensive Journal Workshop, Tucson Arizona

Please join Heather as a participant in the annual Tucson Progoff Intensive Journal Workshop Series

Tucson, Arizona: 3-Part Series - Generally held in March of each year.

Here is what a typical workshop series looks like: .

Workshop (12 hrs)


Tuition *

Life Context

Day 1 (2-5 pm; 6:30-9 pm)
Day 2 (9 am-12 pm; 1:30-4:30 pm)

$ 195

Depth Contact

Day 3 (9 am-12 pm; 1:30-4:30 pm)
Day 4 (9 am-12 pm; 1:30-4:30 pm)

$ 195

Life Integration

Day 5 (9 am-12 pm; 1:30-4:30 pm)
Day 6 (9 am-12 pm; 1:30-4:30 pm)

$ 195

Life Context & Depth Contact


$ 380

Depth Contact & Life Integration


$ 380

All three workshops


$ 545

* Includes tuition only. Local restaurants nearby.


Residence Inn is located on the east side of Tucson near the intersection of Speedway and Wilmot. The hotel is in a suburban setting with views of the Santa Catalina Mountains. Restaurants are within walking distance. Overnight rooms are available at a special rate of $103 per night plus tax through March 14th under the group name of "Intensive Journal." Full breakfast included daily and a light dinner on Monday-Thursday. Swimming pool on premise. Call 520-721-0991 to reserve your room.


Joanne Hackett Ching has conducted our workshops for over 30 years.  She recently retired from the Fresno Adult School in California where she taught English as a Second Language (ESL). She has a master's degree in Creation Spirituality from Naropa University.


Call 216-342-5170 or 800-221-5844 or write to Dialogue House, 23400 Mercantile Road, Suite 2, Beachwood, OH  44122.  Email: info@intensivejournal.org  Credit cards accepted. Make checks payable to Dialogue House. Minimum non-refundable deposit: $50.

Overview of Write It Out Workshop Offerings

Contact Facilitators for scheduling information.

Workshop I: The Write It Out Journal. A 15-hour workshop held in a 3- or 4-day retreat ($690.00), or 5 weekly sessions ($500.00).

Workshop II: Harvesting Your Journals. A 3- or 4-day, 15-hour retreat held at a charming and inspiring Renewal Center. ($615.00)

Workshop III: Journal Gems: Publishing Your Writing. A 15-hour workshop held in a 3- or 4-day retreat ($690.00), or 5 weekly sessions ($425.00).

Journal Gems Annual Publishing Extravaganza. Once a year we celebrate the work of the Journal Gems Workshop participants. Open to everyone, this is a wonderful opportunity to see and hear some amazing work. The Extravaganza serves as a reunion opportunity and celebration of all Journal Writers. ($25.00)

Ongoing Journal Groups. Weekly meetings held in 10-week sessions, specifically designed for graduates of Workshop I, but available to all workshop participants as an ongoing journal writing community. ($310.00 or $30.00 per session)

Three-Month Follow-up Sessions for Workshop I. After completing Workshop I, participants meet with a group or one-on-one with a Workshop Facilitator to explore the results of their journal writing. This follow-up gives the writer a time and place to reflect on the specific and measurable results he or she aimed for at the completion of the Workshop.

Workshops on a Theme. Periodic 3- to 6-hour workshops are facilitated, addressing particular challenges and opportunities with a group of others who are interested in the same topic. ($225.00)

These are some of our most popular Short Workshops:

Journal Writing in Healing Support Groups

To sign up for a workshop, fill out and submit the Registration Form.

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