Journal writing for self discovery

Course Dates: 05/05/19 - 12/05/19
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street

Explore journal writing as an effective tool to help manage stress, solve problems and enhance creativity. Learn methods for self discovery including Gestalt and Jungian. No special writing ability needed.


What is the course about?

This course is about you; your hopes and dreams and your inner world. It is about your creativity and your emotional growth, about expressing yourself and keeping track of your development in life. Through journal writing, you'll discover personal tools with which you can resolve old conflicts and heal old wounds.

What will we cover?

The course covers many aspects of journal writing, including lists, word portraits, map of consciousness, guided imagery, altered point of view, unsent letters and dialogue. It will enable you to go back in time to reframe and heal experiences and go forwards in time to create positive visualisation.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Identify ways of using a journal to expand your creativity and emotional growth.
- Apply three writing techniques to help resolve inner conflict.
- Reflect on how journal writing can expand your capacity for self expression.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

The course is designed to include all levels of ability and the techniques are devised to develop your ease with the written word. It is not about grammar or spelling. It is about enabling you to get to know the most interesting person you will ever meet - yourself! You will need a fluent level of spoken and written English.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

There will be a variety of written exercises to stimulate new insights. Discussion in small groups and pair work; reflection, visualisation as well as the use of objects and symbols to access feelings and memories to help instigate change.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

A paper journal will be provided but you are welcome to bring your own. Please bring a pen that you find easy to write with. If you wish to experiment writing with different colours then please bring these with you (optional). There will be a recommended book list given at the end of the day.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

We offer further personal development courses that complement this one, such as: Finding direction (PG615); Write off your inner critic (PG717); Inklings: write yourself (PG701 / PG712); Finding purpose (PG653); Mindfulness (PG698).

General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details


Customer Reviews 6 item(s)

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The tutor led a really interesting and insightful course. There was a great balance between writing exercises, sharing and listening. The course helps you discover how powerful the act of writing can be in terms of self-discovery, development and creativity.

I have been journal'ing every day for the past two weeks as a result and find the daily process therapeutic and rewarding.
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Review by Chris / (Posted on 25/05/2017)
I really enjoyed this course, it allowed me to explore different methods of writing and tapping into my thoughts and feelings. I now use some of these methods in the morning when I write a small journal as a way to start my day and throw and structure some of my thoughts.
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Review by Miss Kaur / (Posted on 17/05/2017)
Pleased to have attended this course, I always wanted to find a course that can help me with my obstacles. However, I did find it in journal writing.
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Review by ACE / (Posted on 02/06/2015)
This is an excellent course - goes much deeper than the course summary lets on - it's helped me revive my journalling practice and given me insights and tools I can use for a very long time to come.
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Review by AS / (Posted on 01/06/2015)
I am pleased in attending this journal writing course. It has helped me with my difficulties.
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Review by Abe / (Posted on 30/05/2015)
A especially when we got together in pairs, To explore what was good and bad in our lives and how it was en-effective on us. Within this course, tutor helped us to learn to manage stres

I have been going through a difficult time within my life. And I've funded this course online, at City Lit and in I enrolled for journal writing in a self-discovery.
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Review by Abé / (Posted on 29/05/2015)

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Course Code: PG612

Sun, day, 05 May - 12 May '19

Duration: 2 sessions (over 2 weeks)

Full fee: £99.00
Senior fee: £79.00
Concession: £60.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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