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Workshop on Diary-Writing

Taking Care of Your Self – This is Your Story

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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


Online, or 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.




Families, carers and sufferers of eating disorders – this is for you

At Home with Eating Disorders - Australia's first national conference for families and carers, and people who suffer an eating disorder. Brisbane, May 23-25, 2013. See you there!
At Home with Eating Disorders – Australia’s first national conference for families and carers, and people who suffer an eating disorder. Brisbane, May 23-25, 2013. See you there!

Are you caring for someone with an eating disorder, or do you have an eating disorder? Australians and New Zealanders, you will learn skills, make new friends, find new understanding, at: Brisbane, May 23-25, 2013. Go to

Clinicians, health professionals, medical students, therapists – see the workshop listings and enrol to learn from world leading researchers!

Key note speakers:
Professor  Daniel Le Grange
Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience and Director of the Eating Disorders Center at the University of Chicago Medical Center.
Professor Janet Treasure
Professor of Psychiatry at King’s College London and Head of the Eating Disorders Unit at the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust.
Professor Cynthia Bulik
Professor of Eating Disorders, Department of Psychiatry University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Professor of Nutrition in the Gillings School of Global Public Health, and director of the UNC Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders.

Latest News
Registrations now open
Pre conference workshop details now available
Travel Grants available for families and carers
New Keynote Talk by Cindy Bulik on Midlife Eating Disorders

See you there!


  • 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: