Class Title: Celebrate Your Journey
Instructor: Dawn Espelage
Class Term: July 30-August 27, 2018
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This journal writing workshop is designed to enhance your sense of self and worth, clarify values, honor life's blessings, and write the future you want.

Class Description

In this course, you will explore, redefine, and envision your life journey through the use of writing exercises, such as Passageways, Treasure Chest, Anchors, Snapshot, Journey Map and Inner Compass. Structured journaling prompts will guide you through self-discovery, creativity, acceptance, and moving forward in your life.

At the end of this course, students will be able to use a variety of journal writing tools to gain insight, recognize and move past "celebration barriers," gain clarity, tap into creativity, affirm self, and appreciate each moment.

Journal writing exercises will be posted at the beginning of each week. Participants and the instructor will post at least once weekly, sharing journal writing responses and/or a discussion of the process. All responses to the shared writing and class process discussions will focus on support and encouragement of each individual's journey, finding "teachable moments," and facilitating discussion. The instructor will also be available by e-mail. All participants will receive a free copy of the journal writing workbook "Life Lines: Celebrate Your Journey." A teleconference will be scheduled at the beginning and end of the class, as well.


  • Unit One: Preparation. Exercises will focus on introductions to each other, journaling, and beginnings.
  • Unit Two: Baggage. Exercises will focus on past and current obstacles, as well as pathways to move forward.
  • Unit Three: Explorations. Exercises will focus on values, validation, and blessings.
  • Unit Four: Crossroads. Exercises will focus on celebration, journey maps, and reframing.

Student Skills, Equipment, and Time Required

Student will need Internet access, ability to use email and Yahoo Groups. Time required: about 90 minutes is required each week to complete the journal writing exercises, share, and read postings in the Yahoo Group.

Tuition/Fees for this course

SCN members: $128. Non-SCN members: $160.

Instructor Bio

Dawn Espelage Dawn Espelage is the author of Life Lines: Celebrate Your Journey. She is a Certified Journal Instructor through The Center of Journal Therapy and has worked in the social work field for 13 years. She has written two journal-writing workbooks, Life Lines: Celebrate Your Journey and Celebrate Your Journey: Monthly Planner and Journal Companion. She has previously taught online for SCN. Visit her website and her blog.