Blogtalk: International Fake Journal Month … What??

Thanks to one of my journal writing students, I have just become aware of International Fake Journal Month. Yes, you read that right: International Fake Journal Month (IFJM). When I first read it, I said, “??????” But then I checked out their Official Website, and here’s what I found out: […]

Blogtalk: AWP Report 7

I’ve spent the last few days in Chicago at the AWP (Association of Writers and Writing Programs) conference, an amazing extravaganza, where over 9,000 writers, publishers, editors, agents, and representatives from Universities all over the United States have gathered to share their ideas. Imagine—9,000 people converging on two luxury hotels […]

Blogtalk: Journaling News 1

I’ve been reading so many good blog posts lately — about journal writing, writing in general, publishing, you name it.  And I’ve picked a few to share with you this week. If you’re the kind of person who constantly makes lists and sets goals, you might want (or need?) an […]

FREE – Journaling 101 E-course 6

YOU CAN NOW receive my course, Journaling 101, absolutely FREE. Yep, you read that right. This four-week course, delivered directly to your email inbox is designed to help you start journaling today and supports you in making journal writing a delightful habit — one that you will look forward to each […]

Christmas Wishes 2

To my beloved readers, Wishing you joy and wonder in this season  of grace. In gratitude, Amber Lea Starfire – P.S. I will be on “blog vacation” between Christmas and the New Year. I believe that even the Internet needs a break now and then. Blessings to you all. _________________________________ – – […]

Blogtalk: Journaling News — Journal Writing for Children

THIS WEEK’S BLOGTALK is the first of monthly posts that will highlight journaling news, research, and other blog posts about journaling. For today’s Journaling News, we’re taking a look at journal writing for children — the benefits, ways to get them writing, and tips for continued practice. This week’s National […]


ON MONDAY, I returned home from a weekend writer’s conference in Austin, Texas, bags heavy with books, inspirational quotes, and new writing tools. The conference, hosted by the Story Circle Network, an organization for women lifewriters (people who write about life), is held every two years. This was the second […]