Bullet Journaling: Organize and Plan Your Writing (with Susan Ito)

Susan Ito




TUESDAYS, MAY 9 & 23  |  Are your writing ideas (not to mention to-do lists and appointments) on a mess of Post-it notes, random online apps that you never use, and crumpled paper napkins? Do you forget, lose, and spend too much time looking for things? This class will introduce the bullet journal – a handwritten, analog “everything book” to plan for your future, organize your present, and track your past. Many of us writers are “creative types” with messy desks that can sometimes hinder more than help our creative life.

This class will take part in two sessions. The first session will introduce the concept of the bullet journal, how to customize it specifically for your life and writing goals and needs, and help you set up your own notebook so that it serves you in the best way. We’ll meet again two weeks later to share, problem-solve, and learn how to put your journal to use into the future, with specific layouts and tools especially for writers.

Some bullet journalers prefer a “minimalist” approach- using just a pen and notebook. Others like to embellish and use decorative elements like colorful tape, micro pens, rubber stamps, collage, stickers, and more. I’ll bring a treasure box with a ton of crafty supplies so you can experiment and play (or keep it minimal, if you prefer).

The course fee includes a new dotted Moleskine journal, a ruler, and all the craft supplies you can use during our class.
Testimonials from previous students:

“Thanks for the workshop. I am in love with my bullet journal – just since last week, I’ve taken a big step toward figuring out my book AND actually signed up for ice skating lessons, which was an idea I’ve been entertaining for years….”

“Thanks for an excellent, inspiring class and a whole new outlook on organization.”

“My bullet journal is all set up, and I am ready to conquer the world! Seriously, it was fun and I feel much more organized now.”

Susan Ito is the author of The Mouse Room, a SheBooks mini-memoir. She co-edited the literary anthology A Ghost at Heart’s Edge: Stories & Poems of Adoption. She has been a columnist and editor at Literary Mama, and her work has appeared in Growing Up Asian American, Choice, Hip Mama, Catapult, The Bellevue Literary Review, and elsewhere. She has performed her solo show, The Ice Cream Gene, around the U.S. She is on the faculty of the M.F.A. programs at Mills College and Bay Path University. She is working on a theatrical adaption of Untold, stories of reproductive stigma.

Contact: susanito@mac.com

Number of sessions: 2

Time: 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Dates: Tuesdays, May 9 & 23

Course fee: $125

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