About June

Dr June Alexander, Life Stories Diary

I love to help people write their stories

I am here to help you write your story in your own words…whether for yourself, your family, or the world at large.

I offer guidance in exploring diary writing and storytelling for self-healing and personal fulfilment. For example, I am a mentor in using writing as a therapeutic tool for managing and recovering one’s healthy self from an eating disorder, and other life challenges.

Above all, I am here to inspire you through using narrative skills to live your best, most meaningful, life.

I am an...

Author, Editor, and Mentor

I have written and co-authored nine books about eating disorders and other community books relating to social history.

Prior to writing books, which include my memoir, A Girl Called Tim, I had a long career in print journalism as a journalist, sub-editor and editor.

Besides writing my memoir, I have co-authored nine books about eating disorders and have led community life writing groups in compiling and preserving rich tales of local social history.

My writing expertise is entwined with the experience of recovering from childhood trauma and mental health challenges. My many years of story-telling reveal that stories, when shared in a supportive environment, can be healing for both the story-teller and the audience.

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Why do I keep diaries?

I am a great fan of diary writing – the benefits are many. Importantly it is never too late to start keeping a diary – if you haven’t kept a diary yet, start today!

In 2017, I graduated as a Doctor of Philosophy (Creative Writing). My research demonstrated how extracts from unsolicited, private diaries can brought together to create a book about any subject. My particular research focused on using extracts from unsolicited diaries to create a book about the usefulness of journaling in eating disorder treatment.

Using writing as a therapy for eating disorders: The Diary Healer and the process of using personal diary excerpts to assist people with eating disorder Alexander, June (2017): Using writing as a therapy for eating disorders: The Diary Healer and the process of using personal diary excerpts to assist people with eating disorders. CQUniversity. Thesis. https://hdl.handle.net/10018/1211443.

My contribution to the eating disorder field was recognised at the 2016 Academy for Eating Disorders International Conference in San Francisco where I was awarded the Meehan/Hartley Award for Public Service and Advocacy.

I am a co-chair of the National Eating Disorders Collaboration (NEDC) Steering Committee Evidence of Experience Group. I am a member of the Australian Society of Authors (ASA) and Writers Victoria, and am a Rotarian.

I enjoy being a writing mentor for:
  • People with mental health challenges — helping them to find purpose in life through story writing; and
  • People who want to reflect and write their memoir.
  • I also enjoy being a manuscript copy editor for people who have drafted their story and wish to prepare it to publication standard.

More About Life Stories Diary & June:

The Role of the Diary

The diary, a book in which a daily record of events and personal experiences can be kept, offers a window into life in the past. My first diary, a gift for Christmas in 1962, was a small book with the word ‘Diary’ embossed on the front cover. Inside, an introductory 15 pages contained information considered useful for the 1963 diarist.

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Here you will find testimonials and feedback from June’s mentees, clients and readers.

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Frequently Asked Questions

To understand more about the writing process, here are some answers to common questions. If you have another question that is not answered below, please reach out for a direct response.

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