Writing Your Way illuminates what writing is about, how we can begin and the many reasons why we should create our own personal journals.Keeping a journal is often the first step many of us take when we want to write. In Writing Your Way, poet, writer and therapist Ellen Jaffe weaves the wisdom and works of poets, storytellers, fiction and non-fiction authors into a thoughtful narrative about journalling. As well, guided exercises offer inspiration and insight as we test the waters of our own creativity. The book moves through the four directions of the wind. East explores new beginnings, creativity and origin; North, spirit, wisdom and teaching; South, playfulness and passion; and West, emotions and inner truth. Jaffe understands that writing serves many purposes - it can help us explore painful issues and recover from traumatic events, develop our self-confidence and self-esteem, consider our future and reflect on our past. Writing Your Way combines technique and self-exploration to help us discover our personal style of writing.
Ellen Jaffe is a working writer. She has been teaching writing workshops at conferences, and in schools, libraries and community centres since 1968. She completed her MA in Education in New York City and her Certificate in Psychotherapy in London, England. In her private practice, she offers creative writing programs for adults and children to help them express their feelings and emotions through stories and poetry. Ms. Jaffe is a widely published poet in Canada, the US and the UK, and the winner of the 2000 Orion Prize for Poetry. Visit her website at a href="http://www.ellen-s-jaffe.com"www.ellen-s-jaffe.com/a.