WHAT IS NEW CREATIVE JOURNALING?
There are many different approaches to creative journaling but New Creative Journaling (NCJ), developed by Anne-Marie Jobin, is based on art therapy, psychology, creative writing and creativity.
What is NCJ exactly? It is a way to keep a journal which uses visual languages (mainly drawing and collage) as a way of broadening your expressive possibilities and in doing so, have a better access to your subconscious and the riches of your inner life. Because NCJ also includes numerous creativity techniques, it awakens your life force and nourishes and enhances your creativity.
The method includes over 60 techniques, each with infinite alternatives. New Creative Journaling allows really deep and meaningful work to occur, while it can also be just relaxing and fun. You do not need to have any specific talent or ability to reap its benefits. NCJ offers everyone a way to use words, images and colors to be more creative and live better. There are numerous techniques to try. Writing spontaneously or illegibly, writing dialogues or poems, using prompts, doodling, playing with lines and shapes, making healing art, exploring different types of collages, and many more.
You will surprise yourself by zooming on a part of your drawing, opening a door through a page, cutting out words or images randomly, recycling old pages to create a new world, and more. In fact, these techniques have no limits and can be used with one another in an infinite array of possibilities. They are yours to explore!
SEE FOR YOURSELF...
YOU CAN LEARN NEW CREATIVE JOURNALING TOO!
After giving a workshop in a Journal Therapy conference in North Carolina in 2016, some enthusiastic participants requested that something be done in English. As a first step, we decided to translate from French to English our popular 5-week introductory online course, which was launched in the spring of 2017. For now this is our only course, but this section might grow as people want to learn more! This course is a very complete introduction to the method. It includes videos, exercises, and a forum where you can share your experiences with others. Nothing is live so you can work at your own pace, from your home.
Be part of the next "INTRODUCTION TO NEW CREATIVE JOURNALING" course
... and gain access to the following:
Five weeks to learn about New Creative Journaling (NCJ), a special method of creative journaling developed by Anne-Marie Jobin, who has been teaching it since 1998.
You will have access to videos (one each week), to exercises to do at home (five to six each week) and to a forum where you can share your experiences with other students if you want to.
Nothing is live - you follow your own schedule. The lessons stay online for 3 months after the beginning of the course. The topics are:
- Week one: The basics; the 3 languages of NCJ; The prompts.
- Week two: Writing in New Creative Journaling
- Week three: Drawing in New Creative Journaling
- Week four: Collage and mixed media in NCJ
- Week five: Unlimited Combinations and possibilities
Next Course: October 26 to November 23
Cost: $90 CAD (approx. $70 US / €60)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR / INSTRUCTOR
Anne-Marie Jobin first trained as a social worker and then as an art therapist. She has been keeping a personal journal since 1976, and the rich art therapy tools she discovered greatly influenced her practice. She started including drawing and collage, as well as numerous creative techniques into her journal, which together became the basis for the approach she developed, starting in 1998. She has written different books on the subject (so far, all in French) and in 2004, begun training facilitators in Quebec and Europe (since 2004, over 400 people have taken her training). These facilitators mainly work in French speaking countries (Switzerland, France, Belgium and Quebec-Canada) but new trends are emerging, as well as a need for the training in English.