Journalling to de-stress

I presented my first official journalling workshop to a group of enthusiastic writers of all levels the other night.  And, what a great time we had.  I think journalling is more popular than people think, but it’s one of those quiet activities, maybe folks don’t always like to talk about it. But this group didn’t need much prompting to get a few journalling exercises in.

The evening was a milestone for me.  It was the first of what I hope will be many such workshops, given to writers around the county, the state, country, and globe.  It is probably a universal need to get out some of our feelings in a safe and healthy way.  Sometimes just journalling about a stressful event takes the teeth out of it.  Maybe we can take a step back and see it in a different light, and then release it.  Since my motto is, “what happens at a journalling/creative writing workshop, stays in the workshop,” so I would never divulge more than just the briefest of details.  But, I will say that it was successful, and I believe that everyone left with one helpful take-away.  Our ending ceremony is a classic.

Each time I present a workshop, it will get better and better and I know that attendees will leave feeling a bit better than they did walking in.  Maybe it’s the writing, maybe the camaraderie, or maybe knowing that we are all working hard at living the best life we can.

With that said, I’ve been a busy author/promoter since the book signing last week, and am very excited about a visit to the WTBQ Radio station later this month to discuss the book and how it got published, AND a just scheduled journalling workshop at Ye Olde Warwick Book Shoppe on Main Street on May 16, from 6 – 8pm.  (BTW..please support our local book stores!)

In the meantime, if anyone knows of any teens out there who journal and would like to share their story, I’m starting to collect quotes for the next book: How writing can get teens through tough times: no experience necessary.  Drop me a line, or let them know about my project.

Here are pix from the recent book signing.  Thank you all who took time out their busy day to drop in!


mj MJ Goff signing with good friends, Vickie Foley (l) and Caryl Duffy (r) MJ Goff with BumbleFly Cafe owner, Christina DerOhannesian, and her daugther MJ Goff with Orange County Executive, Steve Neuhaus; book author, Tom Mattingly; and Christine DerOhannesian, owner of BumbleFly Cafe alicia and patty

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