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 has been widely recognized for her journaling and mindfulness expertise and contributions as a young female teacher and business leader in her community and beyond. A passion for writing and helping others was ignited in her as a child, and since January 2014 she has run Inner Awakening Writing, a journaling and mindfulness program she developed and teaches to empower people from all walks of life with personal and professional development skills, as well as self-care tools. Her passion for storytelling deepened in college where she earned her B.A. in journalism and American studies. She went on to report for the Orange County Register on human rights abuses and was inspired by the survivors of human trafficking she interviewed and their resilience. After completing her M.A. in American studies, where she studied gender-based violence, she became state-certified as a sexual assault counselor and landed a position as Youth Anti-Trafficking Specialist at WEAVE, Inc. (Women Escaping a Violent Environment). It was there that she developed the Inner Awakening Writing program, and was later invited to teach full-time at a retreat center near Portland, Oregon. Her passion for learning and storytelling drove her to then enroll in Chapman University’s MFA in documentary filmmaking program. She worked at Chapman University for five years serving students with disabilities at the Tutoring and Learning Center, and as Alumni Editor of Chapman Magazine, among making other contributions in development, marketing, and communications. Today she proudly works at UC San Diego.

Melissa has taught her Inner Awakening Writing program nationwide, including in New York City, the Pacific Northwest, and across California. Her work has been featured in LA YOGA MagazineAsana Journal, New Connexion: Journal of Conscious Living, among many others. She has been profiled as a leading young social entrepreneur and leader in mindfulness 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 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. Melissa is a registered yoga instructor (RYT 200) and incorporates mindfulness practices into her daily life, including in her professional sphere.

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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.