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Writing and Mindfulness

Week of July 13, 2019

Self-Discovery through Journal Writing
A journal asks you to live your life twice, once when it happens and once in reflection. Journal writing is an ideal way to express ideas, emotions and creativity as well as a way to heal the self, discover hidden abilities and desires—and, of course, deal with life’s realities. The Ranch is the perfect place to begin a journal practice or resume one that you might have left behind.

Three Journal Writing Workshops. All of them are hands on writing experiences:

The List of 100 Desires
An exploration of the ways in which list making can be an effective tool for journal writing.

Dialogue with the Self
An examination of why and how writing dialogues can unleash powerful insights in journal writing.

Right Brain/Left Brain Collision
A journey into the ways external stimuli can be used to uncover new realizations in journal writing.


Rita D. Jacobs, Ph.D., is the author of The Way In: Journal Writing for Self-DiscoveryTommy: The Musical; A Day in the Life of America and A Day in the Life of Canada. She is a widely published journalist and book reviewer whose articles have appeared in The New York TimesThe Los Angeles TimesPARADE MagazineDiversionFrequent FlyerGlamourSELF and GRAPHIS. She is Professor Emerita of English at Montclair State University and in the past twenty years she has taught workshops in journal writing nationally and internationally, often in Eastern Europe.  In fall 2012, Random House commissioned Rita Jacobs to write 20 columns titled, “From Journal to Memoir” which are available on her website. She is a judge for the National Jewish Book Awards and is currently developing a journal writing app for tween girls to promote introspection and combat bullying. On the Web: ritadjacobs.com