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Workshop on Diary-Writing

Taking Care of Your Self – This is Your Story

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Flyer: June Alexander Workshop flyer

A pre-conference workshop for carers

By author June Alexander

Thursday 28th May, 2015, 9.30am – 12.30pm

(Registration opens 8.30am) at the Mantra Bell City, 215 Bell St, Preston, Victoria (Australia)

The diary is an excellent tool to help you take care of yourself

Caring for yourself is a vital part of helping a child, patient or partner recover from an eating disorder. In fact, science tells us that self-care is imperative for supporting carers in their efforts to cope with caregiving and help with their loved one’s recovery (Ref: Patel, Shafer, Brown, Bulik, & Zucker, 2014). Who is this workshop suitable for?

 Parents and family members of a loved one with an eating disorder

 Clinicians (especially students) who want to better understand diary writing as therapy

What will the workshop cover?

 How keeping a diary can help enrich your role as a carer and your life as an individual

 Brief history of the diary, its role in today’s high-tech world

 How diary-writing can help you keep a healthy perspective on daily challenges

 How the diary can reduce the vulnerability of feeling blame and of feeling time-poor

 Ways the diary can help challenge the secrecy that goes with the illness

 Using the diary to connect with and help the person with the eating disorder

Registration rates: $50 Early Bird up to 31st March (with AHWED conference registration); $60 Standard (with AHWED conference registration); $75 Standard without conference registration (available from 1 April) (morning tea included).

What to bring This workshop will be highly interactive and hands-on. Participants will require a pen and notebook. How to register (limited places) Register online now via


LIFE WRITING WORKSHOPS with JUNE ALEXANDER – online or in private or group sessions

For both novice and experienced writers!

To book, or seek more details, email:

Everyone has a story to tell. I am here to help you tell your life story.

Writing your story is important – whether  to fulfil your personal dreams, share with family or publish for all to read – you are the only one who can really write about your life.

My classes in life writing are for people of every age and skill. Come along and discover your gem within.

Everyone has a story worth sharing. I will be your mentor as you explore  self-reflection, journaling, autobiography and social history. The technique and style of writing is the key to making an ordinary story special. Life writing is therapeutic and rewarding; it encourages and support mental health.

* Written narratives give value to life experience. Previous writing experience unnecessary. Often the most amazing stories come from those who lack initial confidence and self-belief.

* The writing process encourages deeper understanding of thoughts, feelings, behaviours and relationships.

* Writing helps to break down thought and behaviour rigidity. Light bulb moments occur as previously impossible things become possible.

* Writing provides comfort when feeling despondent or vulnerable.

* Tormenting thoughts are repackaged and made more manageable.

* Writing promotes mindfulness, and expression and nurturing of inner self.

* Life writing facilitates productivity, purposefulness and contentment.

* Skills include journaling, letter-writing, poetry, short stories and creating autobiographical chapters that may develop into a book. In short, life writing promotes feelings of worthiness and self-respect.

* Written works are valuable for their own sake, and may be keepsake for family, friends and wider community. They can be preserved for contribute to our nation’s record of first-hand social history.

* Life writing helps you see where you have been and where you are going – above all, it helps you live in the moment.

Crafting a story can help you heal from trauma – whether illness or incident. Writing may include describing the event and emotions about what occurred, its impact and effect.

Examples:  See here.

Make your life count!  Your memories and dreams are important – in understanding yourself, and in helping others understand you.







  • Have you thought of writing your life story but don’t know how to start? Would you like to write your story for your descendants?
  • Have you experienced illness or trauma and want to journal your experience to help forge a new path through and beyond the struggle?
    Besides providing pleasure and fulfilment, the written word can be a companion and a therapy. At every age, writing can help make sense of our thoughts when we feel misunderstood or lost, and fill us with a gratifying sense of accomplishment and purpose. For instance, writing a memoir helped June overcome Anorexia If you’d like to learn how to make the writing of a short story or a memoir a reality in your life, contact June to learn how she will guide you through to a finished work. Computer skills are handy but not essential. If you haven’t written a word for years, don’t let that stop you – everybody has a story to tell and June will help you preserve it in words. Climb your literary Everest! To learn more, contact June on: Ph: +61 (0)419 502 111 E: W:

Event Roundup

Book Promotion-Eating Disorders-Mental Health

June 7th

GEELONG and district: The air waves of 94.7 The Pulse Radio were filled with eating disorder discussion for an hour on the 7th when I met with Roads to Recovery presenter, Greg McHenry and co-ordinator of the Geelong Mood Support Group,Reid Maxwell,to discuss A Girl Called Tim.

May 18

A big thank you to co-ordinator of  Geelong Mood Support Group, Reid Maxwell, for inviting me to share my story at the group’s May meeting. I was deeply inspired by the warm welcome by everyone present and of interest shown in issues raised in A Girl Called Tim. In particular, anorexia and bulimia, anxiety and depression.

June Alexander with (left) Roads to Recovery presenter, Greg McHenry of 94.7 The Pulse Radio, Geelong and (right) Reid Maxwell, co-ordinator of the Geelong Mood Support Group.

The Geelong Mood Support Group is funded through the Victorian Department of Human Servicesand supported by donations from United Way and service groups. The Group offers its members, and other interested persons, the opportunity to meet regularly, and provides care and support to those in need. It aims to promote well being, and to inform and educate those with mood disorders, their carers and the public. The Group is based at a convenient location for public transport in Geelong and is open Monday-Friday, 10am to 4pm. E-mail address:

I had the pleasure of meeting Greg McHenry, presenter of Roads to Recovery, now into its fifth year, on 94.7 The Pulse Radio, Geelong. Greg aims to increase public awareness of what is available in Geelong and region, to make living in this community easier, safer, and/or more worthwhile. The audience target is people of all ages. The program features guests who are able to help people through their issues. The program acts as a conduit, only, to get information to people who (possibly) want to take that huge first step to recovery, for whatever the reason.

Tune in to 94.7 The Pulse Radio on Tuesday, June 7th, 11am, when I will be on air with Greg McHenry to discuss A Girl Called Tim.

April 23 (Easter Saturday)

Ocean Grove: I went along to the Bookgrove, Ocean Grove on April 23rd to chat and sign copies of A Girl Called Tim. A great place to be at Easter on the beautiful Bellarine Peninsula. Contact Stacey 03 5255 5973.

March 24

Hometown Review

Fighting an eating disorder and coping with a mental illness, requires preparations like a soldier preparing for battle.  It requires doing away with ‘keeping up appearances’.  East Gippsland Newsjournalist, Jan Burrows, reports on the launch of A Girl Called Tim in Bairnsdale in East Gippsland News Page 3 March 30. This article tells of my return to East Gippsland to reflect and share my experiences in the beautiful hometown of my childhood. (See Jan Burrow’s lead up article Never give up! as published in the Bairnsdale Advertiser newspaper, March 2011).

The event took the form of an Author Night at PaperChase at Collins Booksellers, 166 Main Street, Bairnsdale. Di and Duncan and staff made me feel very welcome in their fantastic bookshop-and-licensed-cafe and the audience showed great interest in learning about eating disorders — the symptoms, the recovery process, the effect on self and family. I felt honoured that the audience included extended family members of both George’s family and my family, and families from the Lindenow Valley. One mother from the valley of my childhood confided that her daughter is currently suffering AN. She was hopeful my book would give inspiration for recovery. The courageous sharing of this loving mother and others – including young women with AN and BN and their carers – helped me feel very glad that I had quelled little nudges from ‘Ed’ and returned to Bairnsdale for this event. A big ‘thank you’ to Di and Duncan and staff for heartwarming hospitality.

Accommodation was provided at the historic and beautiful Riversleigh overlooking the Mitchell River.

ABC Radio National, Bush Telegraph — listen to the interview
The ‘bush telegraph’ is historically a most effective way of getting information out to all corners of Australia, especially those in rural and remote areas, and beyond.  Listen to Michael Mackenzie interview June Alexander about her memoir, A Girl Called Tim, and read the transcript:


Hi June, I listened to your interview on the ABC. You explained your feelings at the time of your disease in a way that would give hope to any girl in a similar situation. You showed great strength of character in fighting it, and to become a successful journalist and writer. It seems your passion for writing was certainly the best medicine in helping you deal with what must have been a terrible part of your life. (Doug Campbell, Gippsland)

Listen to June talk about her life on the farm and and steps taken to survive anorexia and bulimia at a time when ‘these things just weren’t talked about’. The interview is with Cath McAloon, at the ABC Gippsland Sale studio.

ABC Gippsland2011 PT 1 AIR

ABC Sale Feb2011 PT 2 AIR


A Girl Called Tim was given a warm welcome at Sale, in Gippsland, Victoria, on the evening of February 23rd. More than 130 women, and several men, came along to celebrate the launch of my memoir in this rural city — a city that has a special place in my heart, for three of my four children were born there. I attach some pictures to share the evening with you. I was touched by the women who candidly shared their experiences during the book signing. These women — who travelled from as far as Warragul and San Remo in one direction to Tubbutt and Swift’s Creek in another — shared that they are living with an eating disorder,  or are caring for a family member with an eating disorder, I wish I had more time to speak with each of these brave people. My hope is that  A Girl Called Tim will help them to know they are not alone, and that recovery is possible. Reach out today!

School friends catch up! I was absolutely delighted when four friends dating back to Year Seven school days at Bairnsdale High, 1963, attended the launch of A Girl Called Tim. From left: Pam, Heather, Sue, (me) and Helen. I had not seen Pam, Heather or Sue for more than 40 years, so their presence was a wonderful surprise. Helen is the friend who sits with me on the school bus, in A Girl Called Tim….
Liz and her husband Trevor, from Collins Bookstore, Sale, provided wonderful hospitality in showcasing A Girl Called Tim.
Compere Deb Bye, and organising committee member Mary Salce, with me at the Women of Interest dinner meeting featuring the launch of my memoir, A Girl Called Tim.

Life Writing

June 25th

Yarram and Gormandale: The ‘I REMEMBER WHEN …’ series of life writing workshops held in these two Gippsland towns since January has concluded. On Saturday, June 25th, books containing the participants’ remarkable stories will be launched in Yarram over morning tea, and at Gormandale over afternoon tea.  This wonderful pair of workshops has been a community recovery initiative funded by the Office of Senior Victorians in the Department of Planning and Community Development. Twenty-eight senior citizens aged up to 85, who have lived at least part of their life in the Yarram and Gormandale districts, have each created  2000 words with the theme of ‘I Remember When …’. Their books will provide a treasured keepsake for family, friends and community. Flyer – I remember when 2011