Writing has evolved as my medicine and my muse since that first poem magically poured out of me at age eight. In my 20s, personal journaling became a potent healing tool and has remained with me decades later.
Following my careers as an English teacher and public relations associate writing feature articles and profiles, I created my own business, Write to Heal, to help others transform and empower themselves through journaling. Participants in my workshops range in age from nine to 90. Extensive research now validates the healing power of journaling for the body, mind, and spirit.
Recently published–Matryoshka: Uncovering Your Many Selves Through Writing
This book has just been released in .pdf format for reading digitally; also, if you prefer, as a handsome paper book.
Endorsements from other writers:
“Joan Leof’s essays are a delight. She has a unique voice and always comes at things from an unexpected angle. Her range of life experience, insights and fearlessness about revealing herself make for an engaging and thought-provoking read.”
–Roz Warren, author of Our Bodies, Our Shelves: Library Humor, www.rosalindwarren.com
“Joan Leof’s collection of revealing, funny, stirring essays capture the ebb and flow of life and relationships, from the quest for the self and meaning to seeking love. Her writing is infused with wisdom, humor, and sprinklings of poetic images.”
–Linda Hall, poet and author
“A distinguishing characteristic of Joan Leof’s personal essays is their candor. Here is an author not hesitant to share the most intimate facets of her life, but she does so not to shock, not to entertain, but to embolden others by example to use writing for self-discovery and healing.”
–Tom Davis, writer and photographer; author of Double Exposure: A Veteran Returns to Vietnam, www.cyberkenblog.com
“Joan Leof’s collection of essays and stories is about her life and every life. Leof is adept at focusing deeply into emotional corners to find human truth. The reflective questions after each story further assist a reader’s journey toward insight and articulation of personal stories.”
–Patricia Finley, Quaker writer
Combining the raw material from my years of journaling, along with my poetry and essays, my memoir, Fatal If Swallowed: Reclaiming Creativity and Hope Along the Uncharted Path describes how to use intuition and other tools all of us possess to create an authentic life. I wrote it as a testimony that one does not have to swallow whatever it is that is toxic, and can choose to trust John Burroughs’ belief, “Leap and the net will appear.” Click to purchase it in paperback and Kindle versions at Amazon..
I invite you to discover writing as your medicine and your muse. Hopefully my blog, radio interview of one hour (click to play, below), and article will inspire you to give it a try!
– Joan Leof