Inner Awakening Writing is a national therapeutic journaling and mindfulness program with a mission to empower individuals by introducing self-care tools for personal development and healing. We are in the process of registering for 501(c)(3) nonprofit status.

What We Do

Using a holistic and client-centered approach, founder Melissa Hoon facilitates workshops, retreats, and private sessions that teach individuals skills to develop self-awareness through the practical application of innovative journaling and mindfulness techniques. 


This program is for new and experienced journalers seeking personal development and self-care. It has been facilitated at counseling centers, hospitals, spiritual retreats, universities, high schools, a home for adults with developmental disabilities, a shelter for homeless pregnant women and mothers, yoga studios, and more.

  Melissa Hoon, M.A.   Founder/Executive Director

Melissa Hoon, M.A.
Founder/Executive Director

MEET THE FOUNDER, learn our story

Melissa Hoon began her career as a journalist reporting for the Orange County Register. An Orange County, Calif., native, she went on to graduate school where she studied gender-based violence and mentored abandoned, abused, and neglected children while studying abroad in South Africa. Upon her return to the States, Melissa earned her state-certification in sexual assault counseling, specializing in work with sex trafficking survivors. She went on to work for Women Escaping a Violent Environment (WEAVE, Inc.) in Sacramento as an anti-sex trafficking specialist, providing support for survivors of sex trafficking as well as victim identification trainings for medical professionals and law enforcement. Melissa developed her Inner Awakening Writing program in 2013 and began teaching it to her clients at WEAVE. She soon began teaching the program nationally, including in New York City, the Pacific Northwest, and many cities across California.

Melissa's work has been featured in LA YOGA MagazineAsana Journal, New Connexion: Journal of Conscious Living, among others. She has been profiled as a leading young social entrepreneur in LA YOGA Magazine, OC Weekly, Chapman Magazine, Daily Titan, and the Center for Oral and Public History's "Women, Politics and Activism" project. She works at Chapman University, and has served for CSP Inc.'s Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force and Sexual Assault Victim Services team as an emergency response counselor on rape cases. She holds a B.A. in journalism and American studies, an M.A. in American studies, studied in Chapman University's documentary filmmaking graduate program, and has completed certification work at UC San Diego's entrepreneur program. Melissa is a registered yoga instructor (RYT 200) and lives in Encinitas, Calif.

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"Melissa Hoon is Healing Orange County Through Journaling and Meditation"

Melissa Hoon was born to write. ever since Hoon knew how to wield a pen, she journaled. She felt deep shifts occur in her psyche when journaling...

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"Alumna empowers survivors of abuse through journaling"

Inner Awakening Writing Center, founded in 2013, takes a holistic approach to journaling and offers workshops to people who want to take control of their story and address pain...

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"Yoga Therapy: Healing the trauma of modern-day slavery"

“Writing helps string pieces of fragmented memory together, allowing the survivor to form a full or nearly full memory ready for processing and healing,” said Melissa...

Inner Awakening is in the process of filing for 501(c)(3) nonprofit status. If you are interested in joining our Board or supporting our cause, please contact us.

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carrie lane, ph.d.

Dr. Carrie Lane is an anthropologist and Professor of American Studies at California State University, Fullerton. She is a committed teacher and scholar of work, community, and gender in contemporary America. Professor Lane aspires to help her students become informed, self-aware, thoughtful members of their communities. 

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mai lee

Mai Lee has extensive nonprofit management, fundraising and communications experience. Among many other senior development positions, she served as executive director of HYPE Los Angeles and The Midnight Mission, and is currently the primary fundraising strategist of Ananda Sangha Worldwide.


jeff brody, m.a.

Jeffrey Brody is a professor of Communications and member of the Asian American Studies Program Council at California State University, Fullerton. He teaches advanced writing classes, courses on mass communication and society, and media and diversity. He has a distinguished record advising student publications.