Learning from the Masters: Journals of Published Authors

2021 November | Craft

WHEN: November 8, 2021 – November 12, 2021 via GroupsIO

Course Description:

In 1951, Pulitzer prize-winning novelist John Steinbeck “warmed-up his writing arm” with a letter to his editor each day before working on East of Eden. Those letters were later published as Journal of a Novel: The East of Eden Letters. Crime novelist Sue Grafton (“A” is for Alibi) kept a journal for every book she wrote that included ideas, positive self-talk, and more to help her stay on track. Author Anne Lamott has written two memoirs that are formatted like journals, and Virginia Woolf’s diaries examined what it was like to be a female author in the world of writing and publishing during the 1930’s and 40’s.

It’s refreshing and renewing to read the journals of published authors and recognize some of our own struggles in the pages of those who forged successful careers before us. We’ll look at the journals of the authors mentioned and explore what we can learn from them and how we can emulate some of their personal writing habits to support our own lives and work.

Each lesson will include:

  • examples of journal entries
  • narrative lesson on a particular aspect of journaling for writers
  • an activity for you to try
  • discussion questions for deep learning

About the Instructor:

JOY E. HELD, A.A.S., B.A., M.F.A. is an author, freelance editor, educator, Yoga Alliance Registered yoga and meditation teacher, college English professor, certified Journal to the Self facilitator, and workshop presenter with over 500 articles published in trade magazines, newspapers, and literary journals. She has published two historical romance novels. Her nonfiction book Writer Wellness: A Writer’s Path to Health and Creativity, third edition is available from Headline Books, Inc. Joy is a member of Romance Writers of America, The Author’s Guild, and Northeast Ohio RWA where she is Vice President of Communications. She holds degrees in education, journalism, and an M.F.A. in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University.