The Self on the Page: Theory and Practice of Creative Writing in Personal Development

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Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 1998 - 222 Seiten
Examining the potential of creative writing as a therapeutic tool, particularly in terms of its influence on the self and personal development, The Self on the Page is divided into two parts. In Part One representative practitioners provide an overview of current work in the field, based on their experience of conducting courses, workshops and research projects with creative writing students, and clients as diverse as people with learning disabilities or dementia and people in hospices, using various genres of creative writing from poetry to autobiography and literary fiction. This section also contains many practical suggestions for writing techniques that can be used for personal development, whether working with writers' groups or with client groups in health care and the social services. Part Two explores the theoretical background to the therapeutic uses of creative writing, with particular reference to psychoanalysis, philosophy of language, and literary and social theory. Illustrating a wide range of different approaches, the contributors provide an introduction to thinking about creative writing in a personal development context with suggestions for further reading, and look at the potential evolution of therapeutic creative writing in the future. Academics with an interest in textual practice, language and cultural theory; practitioners and theorists of psychotherapy and psychoanalysis; arts therapists and their educators; arts providers.
 

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
8
THEORETICAL CONTEXTS FOR CREATIVE
14
Autobiography and Personal Development
21
Creative Writing Generated
35
and Mental Health
47
with People with Learning Disabilities
63
Writing or Pills? Therapeutic Writing in Primary
78
Final Fictions? Creative Writing and Terminally
93
Some Sources for a Model
129
Writing the Self and the Social Process
142
The Emergence of Truth in Writing
153
Reconfigurations
164
Autobiography and the Psychotherapeutic
181
Towards a Writing Therapy?
198
and Celia Hunt University of Sussex
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Celia Hunt is Organising Tutor of Creative Writing at the University of Sussex Centre for Continuing Education, where she has established the Certificate in Creative Writing and the Postgraduate Diploma in Creative Writing and Personal Development. In 1994 she was awarded ESRC funding for her doctoral research on the relationship between fiction writing, autobiography and the self, on which she has published a number of articles. She is Chair of LAPIDUS, the Association for the Literary Arts in Personal Development. Fiona Sampson has pioneered the development of writing in healthcare in the UK. Over the last ten years she has worked across the range of health authority care settings with offenders and in social services community care. A prize-winning poet, she is engaged in doctoral research on the theoretical foundations of writing in healthcare. She is a founding member of LAPIDUS.

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