10th January — 27th February, 2016


The START JOURNALING course will guide you through questions and topics all focused on developing your journaling skills:

You can be a beginner or somebody already writing journals, either way by the end of the seven weeks you will learn much about yourself and can harvest the benefits of keeping a journal.

What are the benefits of journaling?

What are the most common reasons to journal?

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The methodology of the course

You receive daily questions (49 altogether).

Why? Guided questions will support participants to always have something to write about and the daily emails with writing prompts serve as reminders to keep the journaling habit rolling.

A different focus for each week with a short essay introducing the topic.

Why? To learn to write with a focus and be able to explore the basics that you can write about. I consider the following as basic topics of journaling:

  1. Recording events.
  2. Recognizing and recording feelings.
  3. Recognizing and recording thoughts.
  4. Listening  to my body.
  5. Managing the fear of the blank page.
  6. Observing and recording my speech.
  7. Exploring a chosen topic.

Seven-week long.

Why? I find short-time commitments easier to stick to and I would like to provide the journaling experience for many of you. So try to write every day for seven weeks, and don’t mind if you miss a day or two.

Every week you will reread your writing.

Why? This is how learning about yourself through writing is incorporated into the course. The 7th day of each week is dedicated to harvesting your key learning points of the previous week by rereading the entries of the first 6 days of the week.

Space for comments (or journal entries)

Why? It’s just an experiment of how social journaling can get. We’ll see. You will read my daily journal entries for sure. On orzola.org, you may share any of your experiences with the course as a comment. You can write a journal entry, an insight you gained by writing or give feedback about the course. Anything related to the daily question that participants would like to share with others is welcome!


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Is this a course for me?

If you are a beginner in journaling, yes, definitely.

If you are a journaling expert, maybe not. However, have you tried already to journal with guided questions? If you haven’t, you may enhance your experience through writing during this course.

How much time does it take a day to participate?

As much as you devote to it. You may write one word, one paragraph or an essay each day. It’s up to you, it’s your work, you do it for yourself.

Do I need to write on paper or online?

It’s up to you. Get a notebook, write the daily question in it, and start writing with our good old friend, the pen. I will certainly write with a pen in this printed journal, too. Or open a document, type your thoughts and save it for later, I do that many times, too. (If you are planning to share your entries on this site, though, please type—and not scan—your work. Thank you.)

How many emails will I get from you during the course?

During the 7-week course, you will get 49 emails altogether, one each day. Most of them will only include one question or writing exercise with my journal entries, however, I will send a couple of related, short essays, too.

How much does it cost?

Online journaling courses on this site are FREE.

Can I join later than January 10th?

Yes, of course. You may decide only to journal about the topic of a specific week. Or just found the course later than January 10th. Just join in, and follow along. All previous questions can be found here, so you can write about them anytime later as well.

How can I participate?

You can subscribe for the course by subscribing on this site. You can unsubscribe any time during the course.



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