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Take Journaling to the Next Level

A journal can be whatever you want it to be. Make yours a space you want to return to again and again. Journal Sparks, the new book by Emily K. Neuburger, is a one-of-a-kind launchpad to journal-keeping, featuring 60 inventive writing prompts, guided exercises, and crafty activities designed to jumpstart creative writing, sketching, idea collecting, and imaginative self-expression. And the best part — there’s a starting place for everyone, whether you’re 10 or 100, a wordsmith or an artist, an avid journaler or an aspiring one.

To get you started on the path to developing a bona fide journaling habit, we’re partnering with Dick Blick Art Materials, one of Emily Neuburger’s favorite art suppliers, to give away a portable kit of essential art journaling supplies to one lucky winner. Just take them along to be ready whenever and wherever inspiration strikes!

The portable journal kit includes:

  • 1 copy of Journal Sparks ($16.95)
  • 1 7” x 10” Canson Mixed Media Art Book ($15.19)
  • 1 Sakura Koi Watercolor Sketch Box Travel Pen Set (24 colors) ($22.99)
  • 1 Prismacolor Colored Pencil Set (36 colors) ($25.24)
  • 1 Staedtler Mars Lumograph Drawing Set (6 pencils in a variety of degrees, metal sharpener, and mini plastic eraser) ($10.86)
  • 2 Sakura Pigma Micron Pens (1 .25 mm and 1 .44mm, black) ($2.23 each)
  • 1 Faber-Castell Dust-Free Vinyl Eraser ($1.06)

Journal Sparks

By Emily K. Neuburger

Using words, drawing, collage, and observation-based list-making, award-winning author Emily K. Neuburger highlights the many paths into journaling. Her 60 interactive writing prompts and art how-tos help you to expand your imagination and stimulate your creativity. Every spread invites a new approach to filling a page, from making a visual map of a day-in-my-life to turning random splotches into quirky characters for a playful story. ​It’s the perfect companion to all those blank books and an ideal launchpad to explore creative self-expression and develop an imaginative voice — for anyone ages 10 to 100!

Emily K. Neuburger is a writer, artist, and freelance art and creative writing teacher. She is passionate about encouraging people to get pumped about creativity, especially when it comes to the intersection of words and art. She is the author of the award-winning book Show Me a Story (Dr. Toy Best Picks, Family Choice Award, National Parenting Products Award honors, USA Best Books, International Book Awards finalist) and writes regularly about creativity and unexpected treasures on her website,, as well as in print magazines and around the web. She lives in western Massachusetts with her husband and three children.

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