Creative Journal Writing | Newberry

Creative Journal Writing

Led by Mary Wisniewski
Thursday, March 3, 2022
Six sessions. Thursdays, March 3-April 7


Virtual (Full - Register for Waitlist on Learning Stream)

Newberry Adult Education Seminars will meet both virtually and in the building for the Winter/Spring term. Although we are still primarily virtual, you will find a smaller selection of in-person seminars in the schedule. For more information about the Newberry’s virtual seminars, including a Zoom tutorial, please see our Virtual Seminars FAQ page. If you have questions about online learning, please reach out to Registration opens Wednesday, January 19th at 9am (Central time). Registration will take place through our online platform, Learning Stream.

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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.

Six sessions. Registration – $210/$189

Mary Wisniewski is a Chicago writer and journalist. She is the author of “Algren: A Life,” the highly-praised biography of Nelson Algren.

Materials List


First Reading:

  • There is no first reading assignment.

Cost and Registration Information 

Registration Information

Registration opens at 9 am (CST) on Wednesday, January 19th . Newberry Associates members at the Literati level and above will have access to early registration beginning January 12th at 10am. Learn more about membership benefits and becoming a Newberry Associate.

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We offer a 10% discount to members, seniors, and students.

This seminar is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about registering for a seminar, program policies, or teaching a seminar.