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Writing and Mindfulness | Rita Jacobs, Ph.D.


Week of Aug 11 – Aug 17, 2018

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. JACOBSRita D. Jacobs, Ph.D., is the author of The Way In: Journal Writing for Self-Discovery; Tommy: The Musical; A Day in the Life of America and A Day in the Life of Canada. She is a widely published journalist whose articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, PARADE Magazine, Diversion, Frequent Flyer, Glamour, SELF and GRAPHIS, and she is Professor Emerita of English at Montclair State University. 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 now available on the Signature Reads She is currently developing a journal writing app for tween girls to promote introspection and combat bullying. On the Web:

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