Creative Journal Writing | Newberry

Creative Journal Writing

Led by Mary Wisniewski. Seven sessions. 6 - 7:30 pm
Tuesday, June 11, 2019
Tuesdays, June 11 - July 23

6 - 7:30 pm

Cost and Registration Information

Early Registration Price (May 7 at 9 am** – May 24 at 4 pm): $220
Regular Registration Price (May 24 at 4 pm – first day of class): $242

** Registration opens online at 9 am. Phone registration will be accepted starting at 10 am.

Members, seniors, and students get a 10% discount.

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Seminar Description

A personal journal can be many things, from a confessional and a historic record to an experimental space for testing out new ideas and new ways of writing. Perhaps most importantly, a journal can provide a place for privacy and reflection in an increasingly chaotic world. This seminar will provide exercises and inspiration for those interested in developing and maintaining a creative journaling habit. In addition to discussing the process of journaling, we will also read and discuss the writings of famous diarists like Samuel Pepys, David Sedaris, and Virginia Woolf.

Seven sessions. E – $220, L – $242

A life-long diarist, Mary Wisniewski is an award-winning reporter and columnist for the Chicago Tribune. Additionally, she is the author of Algren: A Life, the highly-praised biography of Chicago writer Nelson Algren.

Materials List


  • A selection of shorter materials distributed by the instructor.
  • One of the following books:

- George Orwell, 1984. Any edition.
- Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. Any edition.
- Richard Wright, Black Boy. Any edition.

First Reading:

  • There is no reading assignment for the first class.

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about our registration procedures.