Here are some resources that you might find useful on your writing therapy journey. Some of these relate specifically to topics such as journaling or expressive writing, whereas others are focused on the kind of topics that might have brought you here such as health, anxiety, chronic pain, or simply a love of writing.

We will add to these regular so do make sure to keep checking back, and if you know of any resources which you feel might be of benefit to Writing Therapy users please do let us know.

Pain Free You

If you've come to writing therapy because of chronic pain, then this resource is well worth exploring. Dan Buglio is an excellent communicator, with an ability to explain concepts and share knowledge, that is rare. From the site you'll find links to Dan's incredible library of Youtube videos that delivers a daily dose of information and therapy in almost equal doses. You'll also find Dan's Pain Self-Assessment Test and if you're a Facebook fan you can join Dan's Pain Free You Private Facebook group, which is thriving and supportive network of like-minded people.


For many years the The International Association for Journal Writing, or IAJW for short, has provided a range of educational resources relating to journaling and journal-style writing. The organization offers a variety of courses covering everything from writing for health and wellbeing, through to self-discovery and self-development. In addition, it provides regular opportunities to meet up with fellow journalers and participate in virtual write-ins, and there are regular interviews with a wide variety of experts in the field. Some of these resources are available to everyone, and others are exclusively available to IAJW members.

Story You Tell

In 2012 Sandra Marinella discovered she had breast cancer and turned to writing to help on her journey to health and healing. Along the way she realized that writing didn't just help people to heal from illness; it also had the power to heal lives. Her passion to spread this message lead to her writing The Story You Need to Tell. This superbly written book isn't just informative, it is incredibly inspirational and well worth reading if you are facing any kind of challenge in your life. The book in turn lead to the Story You Need to Tell Project and the creation of the web site, which is a terrific resource for anyone interested in 'the power of reworking and editing their personal life stories with the goal of finding hope, inspiration, and a better way of living'.

A superb resource for anyone interested in any kind of journaling. If you are new to journaling you will find the suggested paths and methods very useful, along with an ever-expanding list of well-written journal-centric articles and other resources. Anyone experienced with journaling will find mountains of inspiration here, great writing prompts, and useful insights from other experienced journalers. It is clear that this valuable resource is a labor of love, and that the people behind it are incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about this topic.

Opening Up: The Healing Power of Expressing Emotions

The first book in which the wonderful psychologist James Pennebaker describes in detail why burying emotions can cause health issues, and how writing about trauma, problems and emotional upheavals can have significant benefits. He describes how the controlled clinical research he, and his team, have undertaken, establishes a firm connection between the mind and the body.

"Pennebaker gives a gripping look at how psychological science is best done. He makes his results relevant and exciting, but the science seems solid. Pennebaker provides substantial empirical support for significant mental and physical health effects arising from religious practices such as confession, reconciliation, and forgiveness."
--Robert J. Lovinger, PhD, Professor of Psychology, Central Michigan University

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