The Art of Self-Care: The Beauty of Journaling

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How does one find one’s centre in the world today? Find out how to write yourself into a state of wellbeing with author Desmond Kon

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How does one find one’s centre in the world today? Are there effective ways to help us understand our own self and life station?

One important way is to write ourselves into a state of wellbeing. Our inner creativity can help us discover aspects of ourselves we seem to have forgotten, ignored or neglected. Through our own memory and introspection, we become comfortable intimating with our past, our habits, our desires, our values, our aspirations—our very personhood. Indeed, expressive writing can help build positive feeling and meaning in our lives, as we reacquaint with our inner heart and mind.

Join award-winning author Desmond Kon in this workshop, where we understand how to write ourselves into better wellbeing, to experience the healing power of words.

This workshop is suitable for those aged 18 and above who would like to reacquaint with their inner selves through expressive writing.

This programme will be conducted via the Zoom platform. Participants do not need a Zoom account to take part in the workshop.

Kinokuniya members, AFCC 2021 festival pass holders and past Academy programmes participants can enjoy 10% off the workshop fee for this programme. Please contact programmes@bookcouncil.sg for the discount code before online registration.

For enquiries, please email programmes@bookcouncil.sg


Desmond Francis Xavier Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé is the author of an epistolary novel, a quasi-memoir, two lyric essay monographs, four hybrid works, and nine poetry collections. A former journalist, he has edited more than twenty books and co-produced three audiobooks.

Trained in publishing at Stanford University, Desmond received his world religions masters from Harvard University and creative writing masters from the University of Notre Dame. Among other accolades, he is the recipient of the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award, Independent Publisher Book Award, National Indie Excellence Book Award, Poetry World Cup, Singapore Literature Prize, two Beverly Hills International Book Awards, and three Living Now Book Awards. Desmond helms Squircle Line Press as its founding editor.


The workshop can be cancelled or postponed two weeks before the workshop date if the minimum number of participants is not met. Participants will be fully refunded for workshops cancelled by us.

Participants who are unable to attend a workshop they have registered for are to inform us of the reason two weeks before the workshop date. They will be fully refunded in the event of extenuating and mitigating circumstances (E.g. illness, bereavement, accidents) . Those who inform us up to 5 working days before the workshop date will receive a 50% refund. Those who did not turn up at the workshop will not receive a refund.

Upon registration, you are deemed to have read and understood the cancellation and withdrawal policy and accept the terms contained therein.

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