Posted by: nancyisanders | November 24, 2019

Writer’s Journal: Journaling an Event

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I love creating a journal when I attend a writing-related event. I think it’s one of my favorite types of journals to create!

So when I was researching my book JANE AUSTEN FOR KIDS, I immediately signed up to attend the huge AGM (Annual General Meeting) of the Jane Austen Society of North America when I discovered it was being held practically in my back yard!

Huntington Beach, California–just an hour away and one of my favorite places in the world!

What a whirlwind of fun that was! And I have all of it documented in my event journal.

I think one of my favorite reasons to create event journals is because you get so many handouts crafted on high quality paper that make lovely additions to the journal. These journals really turn into works of art.

The front cover of my journal is cut out from the beautiful handout I received when I walked into the conference and signed in at the registration table. I glued it on after the conference was over.

The back cover was an antique reproduction of a picture of a young country girl published in 1788–a contemporary piece of Jane’s, of course!

And in between the covers I glued in all sorts of goodies from bookmarks, to delightful flyers, to my name tag.

In an upcoming post, I’ll share in details about some of the treasures I collected to take this research journal over the top.



  1. What a great idea! I’m going to start doing this. Thanks!

  2. This is a beautiful idea! I just keep my conference things in a file drawer. Your idea is much more fun! THanks.

    • Yes, fun is what writing is all about. I’m so glad you are inspired to do this too

  3. Wow. This is good. I am browsing through everyone’s writing on journaling and getting some great ideas. I never really consciously thought about journaling ‘an event’ . Events that I am talking about are writing conferences, and other types of events like Outward Bound Wilderness trips. Great ideas. Nice journal! Merry Christmas peace to all

    • I’m so glad you’re getting ideas to use!!!! Mery Christmas and Happy New Year!

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