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Kathleen Adams
INK STAINS: Navigating Love and Conflict in Family Characters
January 26, 2024 
11 AM PST | 12 PM MST | 1 PM CST | 2 PM EST

One of the biggest challenges of authentic memoir is creating characters out of complex people in our own real lives. We kick off 2024 with a candid conversation about challenging characters and their arcs in your memoir. Guided writing prompts will help till the soil of your own personal cast of characters, and then we’ll draw from Linda Joy’s family therapy and Kay’s journal therapy backgrounds to have open conversation and sharing. Let’s get curious together about how to write about real people!

What you will learn:

  • You’ll create a list of some of your “favorite” and “not favorite” characters.
  • How to think about creating characters in your memoir.
  • Using psychology and family systems thinking as a way to understand characters.
  • Freeing yourself, as much as you can, from the inner critic when creating characters in your memoir.
  • You’ll come away with ways to continue developing your characters with less stress!

Kathleen Adams LPC, PTR is a psychotherapist and journal therapist who has been a #1 Fan of NAMW since its inception. She is known globally as an innovative thinker and creative who has pioneered the field of journal therapy since 1985. Kay is the author of 14 books on the theory and practice of therapeutic journal writing and has been writing her own journals since the age of 10. She is delighted to once again kick off the new year for NAMW!

Kathleen Adams, LPC, PTR (Registered Poetry/Journal Therapist)
Director, Center for Journal Therapy Inc. (Established 1988)

NEW! Come see our Amazon Storefront! The 2nd printing of the Journal to the Self card decks are there, along with 7 of my 14 books and Pennebaker’s Writing to Heal (which we publish).


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