Recognizing that the pressures of life limit time for so many people, McCarthy has devised this short class as a way to expose a larger public to the benefits of journal writing. Within the seven days, participants journal intensively. They are guided quickly through common complexities of the process and collect a large amount of new information about their own motivations, personalities, fears, and loves.
The course begins with an orientation towards writing by hand, strongly suggested for the week's exercises. For many, this may be a challenge in itself, since handwriting has mainly given way to the keyboard. McCarthy says that writing by hand is a shorter route to self understanding.
The week continues with exercises that open up self awareness and concludes with suggestions for sustained self growth going forward.
McCarthy publishes a website (http://CreateWriteNow.com) devoted to journaling, as well as a series of ebooks – or e-workbooks, as she calls them – showing how to apply journal writing to a large variety of life's challenges. Topics have included ways in which journaling can be used in self-discovery, job searches, losing weight, overcoming writer's block, and a host of health and wellness issues.
The course is free, though participants must register in advance and purchase a workbook ($16.97). A private online classroom and private sessions with McCarthy are included in the Challenge. Details and registration can be found at http://www.createwritenow.com/
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Journaling therapy specialist Mari L. McCarthy provides ebooks, journaling supplies, online courses and support for personal journalers.