The Stoic Salon's inaugural Stoicon-x* event

Journaling with the Stoics


How To Journal Like Marcus Aurelius

will take place on Sunday, 1 November between 4:00 and 8:00 pm UTC

4 pm Glasgow | 11 am Toronto | 8 am LA | 3 am Melbourne | 6 pm Athens

The event will feature keynote speakers Donald Robertson and John Sellars on Marcus Aurelius's writing technique; a panel on journaling practice, breakout groups, a writing activity, shared reading and examination of a few extracts from Meditations

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You are welcome to register even if you can't make it live. 

We'll send out a follow-up and recording, some further journaling prompts, and an invitation to a 28-day journaling challenge in November. 

Keynote speakers

Donald Robertson

Donald Robertson is the author of "How to Think Like a Roman Emperor: The Stoic Philosophy of Marcus Aurelius," "Stoicism and the Art of Happiness" and other books. He is also a CBT Psychotherapist and trainer. His article on "How Marcus Aurelius wrote The Meditations" is good prep reading for this event.

John Sellars

John Sellars is a Reader in Philosophy at Royal Holloway, University of London, a Visiting Research Fellow at King’s College London and a member of Wolfson College, Oxford. He has authored numerous books on Stoicism and his latest book is on Marcus Aurelius.

David Fideler

David Fideler holds a Ph.D. in philosophy and the history of science and cosmology, is a recognized authority on the Pythagorean school, and is currently writing a book for W. W. Norton, which is an introductory guide on the Stoic philosophy of Seneca, that will be published in 2021. As part of this project he is editing a website called Stoic Insights.


Kathryn Koromilas

I lead the Stoic Salon, which is a Facebook group dedicated to reading and writing with the Stoics. I talked about Stoic journaling at Stoicon-X Athens last year. Here's a link to the video recording of the presentation (register for free to access) and a link to the transcript of the paper.

This 4-hour event will include:

    • Short talks on Marcus Aurelius's writing technique.
    • Q&A with Donald Robertson and John Sellars.
    • Panel on personal journaling practices. 
    • Breakout groups to share our current journaling practices. 
    • Shared reading and examination of extracts from "Meditations." 
    • A private writing activity. 
    • Breakout groups to read and share writing activity. 
    • Opportunity to sign up for a 28-day journaling challenge - Meditations on Meditations - in The Stoic Salon in November.

    What to expect on the day.

    (Subject to change.)

    4:00 pm GMT

    How do we journal?

    A panel of Stoic scholars will answer the following questions:

    1. Do you have a journaling practice?
    2. What does it look like?
    3. What or who has inspired the way you journal today?
    4. What, if any, obstacles do you face when journaling?
    5. How has journaling transformed you?
    6. If there were an ideal Stoic journaling practice, what would it be/look like?

    Panelists include 

    • Christopher Gill, 
    • Donald Robertson, 
    • John Sellars, 
    • David Fideler, 
    • Tim LeBon, 
    • Piotr Stankiewicz,
    • Chuck Chakrapani, 
    • Sharon Lebell, 
    • Matt Sharpe, 
    • Jonas Salzgeber, 
    • Pete Fagella
    • Peter Limberg
    • Stoic Dan
    • Alkistis Agio

    5:00 pm GMT

    How did Marcus Aurelius & Seneca journal?

    Donald Robertson and John Sellars will talk about the unique and intentional writing technique Marcus Aurelius employed in his notes to himself, his Meditations.


    How did Seneca used letters to teach Stoicism?

    David Fideler explores Seneca's letter-writing as a way of making progress each day, in terms of improving one’s character. 


    6:00 pm GMT

    How might we journal like Marcus Aurelius?

    Writing activities. 

    We'll set a journaling task.

    We'll write quietly for 20 minutes.

    7:00 pm GMT

    Takeaways & Next Up

    We'll break out into groups and share our work, or talk about it. We'll meet as a larger group again to debrief and takeaways.

    Opportunity to sign up for an email-based 28-day journaling challenge. Meditations on Meditations in The Stoic Salon in November. 

    What to bring


    A journal

    Bring your notebooks or journals to show and share. Bring a notebook to write in. Bring your favourite pen. 



    Four hours on Zoom needs coffee, tea, water, and snacks. 

    We'll be taking a short break each hour to refresh.



    Writing is a solitary activity but Stoicism is a very social philosophy. Bring your friends. Share. Commit to a practice of ongoing philosophical training. 

    Share with friends.

    What Stoic Salon members have said about journaling with Marcus Aurelius.

    "Meditations on 'Meditations'" journaling Bootcamps 2019

    Stoicon-X, Stoic Salon | Stoic journaling

    Register to attend.