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In this ground-breaking work the rapidly-developing field of the therapeutic use of creative writing is explored on two levels. In Part One, based on their experience from conducting courses, workshops and research projects, representative practitioners provide an overview of current work in the field, including the uses of the various genres of creative writing from poetry to autobiography and literary fiction. This section also contains many practical suggestions for writing techniques which can be used for personal development, whether suggestions for writing techniques which can be used for personal development, whether working with writers' groups or with client groups in health care and the social services.

Examines the potential of creative writing as therapeutic tool and influence on self & personal development.

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Examines the potential of creative writing as a therapeutic tool, especially in terms of its influence on the self and personal development. Contributors describe the current practice based on their work with such clients as people with learning disorders, the terminally ill, and dementia sufferers. They also explore the theoretical background, linking writing therapy to psychoanalysis, the philosophy of language, and literary and social theory. Distributed in the US by Taylor & Francis. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781853024702
  • Publisher: Kingsley, Jessica Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/28/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 8
Introduction 9
1 Writing with the Voice of the Child: Fictional Autobiography and Personal Development 21
2 The Self as Source: Creative Writing Generated from Personal Reflection 35
3 The Web of Words: Collaborative Writing and Mental Health 47
4 'Men Wearing Pyjamas': Using Creative Writing with People with Learning Disabilities 63
5 Writing or Pills? Therapeutic Writing in Primary Health Care 78
6 Final Fictions? Creative Writing and Terminally Ill People 93
7 A Matter of the Life and Death of the Mind: Creative Writing and Dementia Sufferers 104
8 The Creative Word and the Created Life: The Cultural Context for Deep Autobiography 117
9 Thinking about Language as a Way through the World: Some Sources for a Model 129
10 Writing, the Self and the Social Process 142
11 The Empty Word and the Full Word: The Emergence of Truth in Writing 153
12 Transformative Reading: Reconfigurations of the Self between Experience and the Text 164
13 Autobiography and the Psychotherapeutic Process 181
14 Towards a Writing Therapy? Implications of Existing Practice and Theory 198
List of Contributors 211
Subject Index 215
Author Index 221
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