Saturday, January 7, 2023


The Writers' Lunch: Journal Writing for the New Year; How Journal Writing Can Support Your Writing Practice

moderated by Sheryl J. Bize-Boutte

Friday, January 20, 2023 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

This event will be conducted via Zoom. Register and you will be emailed the Zoom credentials.


Join us in the new year for a discussion about how journal writing can support your writing practice and encourage a life of wellness, creativity, and purpose. Dr. Eric Maisel and Lynda Monk will present their new book The Great Book of Journaling: How Journal Writing Can Support a Life of Wellness, Creativity, Meaning and Purpose and discuss how journaling can enhance your writing endeavors. Moderated by Sheryl Bize-Boutte.

Dr. Eric Maisel is a retired family therapist and active creativity coach, is the author of 50+ books. He is the developer of the philosophy of life known as Kirism and widely regarded as America’s foremost creativity coach. He has also written extensively on the challenges of the creative life. His books in this area include Fearless Creating, Coaching the Artist Within, Creative Recovery, The Van Gogh Blues, and Mastering Creative Anxiety. His books specifically for writers include Deep Writing, Write Mind, Living the Writer’s Life, A Writer’s Space, A Writer’s Paris, and A Writer’s San Francisco. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, trains creativity coaches, and maintains a worldwide creativity coaching practice. You can visit Dr. Maisel at, contact him at, subscribe to his weekly newsletter at, and be automatically notified about his new blog posts at

Lynda Monk, MSW, RSW, CPCC is a Registered Social Worker, Certified Life Coach, and the Director of the International Association for Journal Writing – Lynda is co-editor of two books including Transformational Journaling for Coaches, Therapists, and Clients: A Complete Guide to the Benefits of Personal Writing and The Great Book of Journaling: How Journal Writing Can Support a Life of Wellness, Creativity, Meaning and Purpose. She is the co-author of Writing Alone Together: Journaling in a Circle of Women for Creativity, Compassion and Connection. She developed Life Source Writing: A Reflective Journaling Practice for Self-Discovery, Self-Care, Wellness and Creativity. Lynda regularly teaches, writes, and speaks on the healing and transformational power of journaling and expressive writing. She lives with her family on Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, Canada. Find out more at 

Award-winning author and Pushcart Prize nominee Sheryl J. Bize-Boutte is an Oakland multidisciplinary writer whose autobiographical and fictional short story collections, along with her lyrical and stunning poetry, artfully succeed in getting across deeper meanings about the politics of race and economics without breaking out of the narrative.  Her writing has been variously described as “rich in vivid imagery,” “incredible,” and “great contributions to literature.” Her first novel, Betrayal on the Bayou, was published in June 2020 and a poetry collection she has written with her daughter Dr. Angela M. Boutte, titled No Poetry No Peace™, was published in August 2020 and is the namesake of the No Poetry No Peace™ series at the Mechanics Institute of San Francisco. Her in progress novel first chapter, “The Burden Keeper,” was the 2021 fiction category winner for the San Francisco Writers Conference writing contest anthology. An inaugural Oakland Poet Laureate runner-up, she is also a popular, teacher, literary reader, presenter, storyteller, curator, and emcee/host for literary and poetry events. Find out more at

The Writers' Lunch is a casual brown-bag lunch activity on the 3rd Friday of each month. Look forward to craft discussion, informal presentations on all forms of writing, and excellent conversation. Please contact Taryn Edwards if you have any questions or if you would like to be a panelist -

Join us, share and learn!