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Course Title: Introduction to Personal Journaling
Instructor: Callie Carling
Curriculum: 5 units, plus Syllabus and Final Exam
Time Required: 3-4 weeks
Textbooks: None
Prerequisites: None. All students may enroll in this class
CEU Eligibility: Students who pass an exam will earn 2 CEUs
Course Fee: $12.00
Start Date: No waiting...Enroll now and start learning today!
What This Course Will Do for You

We all have stories to tell – family hardships, our first kiss, life-changing moments, long-guarded confessions. In this course, you will learn how to write a personal journal about the people, places, and events that have been important milestones in your life. Writing a personal journal is a powerful catalyst that can help you work through problems, heal relationships, overcome childhood wounds, and relate more meaningfully to your past and present. It is also one of the best and least expensive ways to get to know yourself better!

Journaling can help you remain grounded in the here and now, make you more aware of your own feelings, and even put you in touch with your creative side and help you develop your natural talent as a writer! Reading from your journal can also have amazing healing effects. In a recent film, The Notebook, a woman slowly losing her memory writes a personal journal for her husband and signs it, "The story of our lives, by Allie Calhoun. Read this to me and I'll come back to you."

Allie is placed in an Alzheimer's facility. She does not recognize her children, grandchildren, or even her husband Noah. Each day, Noah reads passages to Allie from her own journal — the story of how the two young lovers met one evening at a carnival sixty years ago. Allie enjoys the compelling love story, when suddenly a miracle occurs. Her memory returns and she realizes the kind stranger reading to her is her husband, Noah, and the love story he is reading from "the notebook" was her own.

In this class, you will learn how to generate powerful personal stories for your own "notebook." The course will suggest useful techniques to unlock long-forgotten memories and create a striking life narrative that is uniquely yours and from the heart. Whether you are taking this course as a preparation to writing your memoirs or you'd like to preserve your legacy for your family and loved ones, this course will jump-start your journal writing project!


Lesson Plan
Syllabus: Getting Started (Course Syllabus)

Unit 1: Writing Your Life and Your World

Unit 2: Going Back to Kindergarten

Unit 3: Reconstructing Your Adolescent Years

Unit 4: Looking Back on Your Early Adult Years

Unit 5: Writing About the Here and Now

Unit 6: Final Exam

About the Instructor

Callie Carling is a natural beauty therapist, energy healing practitioner, and deep guided relaxation trainer and mentor. She has over twenty years experience working in Human Resources and the legal field (Criminal and Intellectual Property). A passionate advocate for empowering others to blossom into their full potential, she has been tutoring and teaching classes online and face-to-face in her home town of London, England, since 1999.

Callie is currently training to be a nutritional therapist. She runs a business website, Moonpoppy Enterprises, where she offers virtual assistant services including administration, proofreading, legal transcription, and HR training. She also maintains several popular blogs, publishes a free e-zine on health and well being, and she is writing a Reflective Practice course for therapists and healing professionals.

What You Will Learn in this Course

When you have completed this course, you should be able to:

  • Know a brief history of journal writing, why we write journals, and where our inspiration comes from
  • Try a fresh approach to using "prompts" to spark useful memories and set the mood for journaling
  • Reconstruct important but clouded or forgotten events by interviewing family, friends, teachers, and other people in your life
  • Efficiently organize scraps of notes about people, places, funny stories, and adventures.
  • Discover how to use photographs to recapture vivid details in youthful memories
  • Uncover hidden treasures as you reconstruct your early childhood years
  • Gain a deeper understanding of who you are in the here and now
  • Come to terms with your accomplishments as well as past regrets
  • Learn how to deal with writing about traumatic and hurtful events
  • Try new ways to chronicle your life adventures and milestones
  • Learn new techniques to express yourself including dialogue, clustering, character sketches, and freewriting
  • Use journaling to explore challenges in the here and how and work through them to find peace of mind
  • Devote just 15 minutes a day to journal writing and build self-awareness that will add more depth and sensitivity to your other writing projects.
How to Participate in this Course

Enroll and start learning today! All course materials will be available when you start the class, so you don't have to wait for weekly lessons and you can truly learn at your own pace. You don't have to be online at any set time; study at your leisure from the comfort or your home or office.

The course curriculum will include tutorial lessons, suggested readings, and optional homework activities. If you are taking the class for enjoyment or self-enrichment, homework is optional but participation is encouraged. Students who approach online learning as an adventure and actively participate will derive the most benefit and enjoyment from online learning. Homework projects, if completed satisfactorily, will earn Extra Credit points which will be added to your Final Exam score and may increase the overall grade you earn in the course.

The Student Handbook provides useful information on how to make the most of your online learning experience at KSURF's Virtual University. Refer to this guide for helpful tips on how to access classrooms, post homework, and answers to most frequently asked questions.