Class Title: Life Books
Instructor: Dawn Espelage
Class Term: April 2-May 7, 2018
We are not accepting any more enrollments for Dawn's class; the class has started.


Create a cohesive thread for your life's story utilizing the unique tool of Life Books in this gentle, supportive workshop.

Class Description

During this five-week course, we will integrate journal writing and mixed media (photos, collage etc.) to create students' Life Books.

Class will begin with a conference call and then utilize a Yahoo group for posting exercises and responses weekly. Class will wrap up with a conference call as well. Participants will need a book to collect their material in; a three ring binder works well for this. Conference calls are tentatively scheduled on 04/04/2011 and 05/09/2011 at 8pm EST, 7pm CST, 6pm MST, and 5pm EST. The instructor may adjust these times to accommodate the needs of the majority of enrolled students.

At the end of the class, students will be able to create clarity in their life story, gain self-awareness and tap into creativity. Participants will create their own life books and learn journal writing tools for future use.


  • Unit One: Introduction and Building Framework
  • Unit Two: Life Chapters
  • Unit Three: Painting Stories
  • Unit Four: Exploring Patterns
  • Unit Five: Wrap Up and Springboards.

Student Skills, Equipment, and Time Required

Students will need access to the internet.

Time required: Approximately two-three hours per week.

Tuition/Fees for this course

SCN members: $160. Non-SCN members: $200.

Instructor Bio

Dawn Espelage Dawn Espelage is the author of Life Lines: Celebrate Your Journey. She is a Certified Journal Instructor through The Center of Journal Therapy and has worked in the social work field for 13 years. She has written two journal-writing workbooks, Life Lines: Celebrate Your Journey and Celebrate Your Journey: Monthly Planner and Journal Companion. She has previously taught online for SCN. Visit her website and her blog.