Journaling workshops offered today at library

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Free adult events to be held at Bud Werner Memorial Library, 1289 Lincoln Ave.

■ Today: Journaling workshops at noon and 6 p.m.

■ Friday: showing of the documentary film, “Mine,” at 7 p.m. at the Depot Art Center

■ Jan. 25: Showing of PBS Independent Lens series documentary, “Garbage Dreams,” at 6:30 p.m.

■ Jan. 29: Showing of documentary, “Throw Down Your Heart,” with performances by local musicians at 7 p.m.

— There are no prerequisites for today’s journaling workshops at Bud Werner Memorial Library.

You don’t even need to be a writer.

“If you have language, you can keep a journal,” said Susan de Wardt, who will lead the two hour-long classes. “If you have a computer or a pen, you can journal. That’s it.”

The free workshops will be held at noon and 6 p.m. today in Library Hall.

De Wardt, a life coach with more than 20 years’ experience in reflective writing and a member of a group of certified journal facilitators, said she would lead participants in writing exercises. She said the exercises, quick and simple tools, are designed to help participants keep track of their “dreams, goals and visions.”

The goal is to help people record and track the progress of their resolutions, de Wardt said. She said tracking progress helps people become more successful.

And in the process, de Wardt hopes to dispel fears about writing. For example, journaling doesn’t need to be grammatically correct, she said.

“If you always wanted to journal and don’t know how to get started, this is great chance to learn where to go and what to do,” said Jennie Lay, adult programs coordinator for the library.

In addition, she said the workshops are designed for those who journal, but may be suffering from writer’s block and need a shot in the arm. Or they can assist even the avid journal writer.

Lay said de Wardt could offer participants new ideas, new inspiration or new angles to record their thoughts.

“The idea is for it to be an inspiration, to get people writing,” she said. “The library has a lot of great resources for people who write or journal.”

Lay said those resources also would be available during the workshop for participants to peruse. Anyone who wants to attend the journaling workshops just needs to bring something to write with and something to write on, she said.

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