First Unitarian to host ‘Un-Journaling’ workshops from Jan. 20-Feb 3

Youngstown resident Liz Hill will lead a workshop in “Un-Journaling,” a process that guides people in reviewing their journals as a way of reflecting on their lives.

The class will occur three Sundays from 1 -2:30 p.m. on Jan. 20, 27, and Feb. 3, will be held at First Unitarian Universalist Church of Youngstown, 1105 Elm St. Sessions are free, although pre-registration is required.

Hill is a graduate of the Haden Institute’s (North Carolina) program in spiritual direction. She has facilitated workshops for writers at all levels of experience. The co-author of several books, she developed the Un-journaling process after reviewing more than 40 years of her own collected journals.

“Many people journal to record their dreams and disappointments or keep a record of their lives,” said Hill. “These journals may be hidden away and forgotten. People of a certain age start to worry what’s going to happen to their journals after they die.”

The workshop will help participants review their journals. Sessions also include time for individual reading between classes and shared reflection with others.

Hill developed the workshop after she reviewed, and subsequently burned, more than 40 years worth of her own journals. “Burning is not the only option!” she stressed. “I chose to destroy my books but only after I had carefully mined them for any gems.” The class will guide participants in harvesting journals for useful content, and will provide tips for creating a memoir and using writing as a process of healing.

“It doesn’t matter whether your journaling is sporadic or as regular as clockwork,” Hill said. “Taking a deliberate, thoughtful look at your own writings can provide insights into the patterns of your past and help guide your future.”

For more information or to register, call 330-333-1619 or email

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