About Linda

Linda Barnes Promo ShotLinda Barnes, M.S., obtained bachelors degrees in both English and Psychology because she couldn’t decide between the two. After completing a masters in Psychology, she did post-graduate studies and became a Certified Journal Facilitator through the Center for Journal Therapy in Colorado with founder Kathleen Adams.

Later she became a Certified Applied Poetry Facilitator and went on to serve on the board of the National Federation for Biblio/Poetry Therapy. She served as President of the expanded International Federation for Biblio/Poetry Therapy for four years and remains an active member of the board.

A retired personal counselor and higher education faculty member, she continues her work in poetry and journal facilitation in private groups and online with the Therapeutic Writing Institute.

Linda has won several awards for her poetry and is included in the Oregon Poetic Voices Project.  She is a founding member of the Rogue Valley Chapter of the Oregon Poetry Association. Each year she coordinates the Southern Oregon Poetry Prize for the Downtowners Coffee House monthly reading group, which offers cash prizes to local poets. The contest recently completed its 13th year.

She has taught numerous classes and workshops on the many methods of expressive writing since 1980 in Utah, Colorado, Oregon, North Carolina, and Arizona. Her personal diary extends to over 50,000 pages. She was a contributor to Tristine Rainer’s classic book, The New Diary, and sponsored an appearance in Denver, Colorado by the author Anais Nin, with whom she corresponded for several years.

Linda is a sought-after writing coach and workshop presenter. To learn more, and to ask about studying with her, use the “Contact” tab above.