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Workshops on a Theme

Periodically and on demand, Write It Out Journal Workshops are developed around a particular theme or concern of the participants. If we can gather a group of at least six people for a three- to six-hour workshop, we can hold a workshop either at our preferred location in Northwest Tucson or at another hosted location. Sometimes we meet in journal writers' homes or another location friendly to intense writing and quiet but sometimes emotional discussion. Support groups are particularly welcoming for this kind of workshop; if you are involved in a group who deals with any of these issues, we can tailor the workshop to your needs and meeting schedule.

We have included a small sampling of the books and other resources we use for these workshops. Participants will receive an updated list of resources during their attendance. Often other participants have more to share. With permission, we add these to our growing bibliography of useful information.

We frequently include guest facilitators who have particular expertise in the workshop's subject area. If you are interested in being on our list of subject matter experts, please contact us.

Here is a sampling of some of the topics we are prepared to address and some bibliographies and resources to support our workshops:

Anger and Difficult Emotions


Art Therapy



Craft: Journal-Making

Diaries as Literature

Death and Dying



Second Language Learners

  • Mlynarczyk, Rebecca. 1998. Conversations of the Mind: The Uses of Journal Writing for Second-language Learners.
  • Peyton, Joy Kreeft and Jana Staton, eds. 1996. Writing our lives: reflections on dialogue journal writing with adults learning English.
  • Peyton, Joy Kreeft. 1990. Dialogue Journal Writing with Nonnative English Speakers: A Handbook for Teachers.

Finding Love


Food Issues



(See also list of articles on Healing Page)

Health and Well-being; Bibliotherapy

Legacy Journals

  • Balaban-Perry, Eleanor 1996. Keeping our Heads on Straight: Journal Writing in the Golden Years.
  • Johnson, Alexandra. 2001. Leaving A Trace: The Art of Transforming a Life into Stories. Boston: Little, Brown, and Company.
  • Kazemek, Francis E. 2002. Exploring our Lives: A Writing Handbook for Senior Adults.
  • Price, Daniel. 1999. How to Make a Journal of Your Life. Berkeley, CA: Ten Speed Press.
  • Rainer, Tristine. 1998. Your Life as Story: Discovering the 'New Autobiography' and Memoir Writing as Literature. New York: Jeremy P. Tarcher.
  • Spence, Linda. 1997. Legacy: A Step-by-Step Guide to Writing Personal History. CITY: Ohio University Press.
  • Keepsake Biographical Services: Ideas, inspirations and services for preserving family stories through oral histories, biographies, cookbooks, digital albums and other means with Jeanne Chambers, MA-TLA. http://www.keepsakebiographicalservices.com/
  • Men's Issues, Women's Issues


    Money, Finances and Security


    Nature Writing

    Parenting: Motherhood, Fatherhood



    Purpose: Vocation and Calling

    Psychology & Recovery

    Spiritual Journals

    Writing With Children; Teen Issues

  • Behrman, Carol H. 1990. Hooked on Writing! Ready-to-Use Writing Process Activities for Grades 4-8.
  • Conda, Kandias. 2006. For teenagers who "think" they know everything!: 12 tips for teens on: life skills, sex, parents, peer pressure, health & everything else: life skills and survival techniques for today's teenagers.
  • Dahlstrom, Lorraine M. 1990. Writing Down the Days: 365 Creative Journaling Ideas for Young People.
  • Feldgus, Eileen G., Kid Writing: A Systematic Approach to Phonics, Journals, and Writing Workshop.
  • King, Margaret B. 2003. Tadpole Tales: Teaching Children Reading and Journal Writing.
  • Smith, Erica. 1999. Write it Down: A Girl's Guide to Keeping a Journal.
  • Transitions


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