About Dr June Alexander

About Dr June Alexander

I love sharing my writing passion by helping people to tell their stories.

I specialise in non-fictional story-telling that includes memoirs, biography and autobiography, and social histories. I believe everyone has a story to tell and the way it is told makes all the difference.

The story creation process can help you to see that your life counts because it involves being an observer as well as participant of your experiences. I offer expert guidance and mentoring in achieving these outcomes.

Following a long newspaper career as reporter, sub-editor and editor, I wrote my memoir, which explored the effect of a childhood illness on my life. This led to a further nine books on eating disorders and a PhD in Creative Writing, focusing on the therapeutic value of non-fiction writing in recovery. I am experienced in running group workshops and working privately with individuals to record their narratives.

I aim to and inspire hope at every age through story-telling. My website, The Diary Healer delves more deeply into this aspect of my work. I offer a wealth of insight and wisdom and know what it means to experience and heal from childhood traumas.

My story-telling work has achieved global recognition, winning the Academy for Eating Disorders’ 2016 Meehan-Hartley Advocacy Award for public service and advocacy in the eating disorder field. I serve on national and international organisations in the mental health field and am a member of Writers Victoria and the Australian Society of Authors.

Life Stories Mentor team

Sarah Cannata

Sarah Cannata is a trained journalist and passionate storyteller who has worked in Communications for over 10 years. Since childhood, Sarah has enjoyed writing,  and today she is passionate about helping other people to share their story. A special interest is the exploration of writing’s ability to help people heal from traumas. In 2018, Sarah published her first picture book, Willow Willpower. In 2019, Sarah and June began collaborating and working together to launch new initiatives including Art Beat of the Country. Sarah continues to work with clients on their unique communications needs and is honoured to join the Life Stories Mentor team, working  with June on literary projects. You can reach Sarah at info@sarahcannata.com and on FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn.


  • Testimonials

    Here are a few comments and thoughts from some of my students and clients.

  • Books

    I am the author of nine books; I have a Ph.D. in the life writing process, and 20+ years experience in mentoring others in writing their life stories.

  • Fun Facts

    After a day of writing non-fiction, I unwind by tackling a crossword or Sudoku puzzle, and immersing in my latest favourite crime author’s murder mystery I love rock ‘n roll and will dance all night..