Voice and Witness: Rethinking Creative Writing Pedagogy for Recovery from Mental Illness

Jess-Cooke, C. (2015) Voice and Witness: Rethinking Creative Writing Pedagogy for Recovery from Mental Illness. In: National Association of Writers in Education Conference (NAWE), Durham, England, 13-15 Nov 2015, (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Creative writing interventions for mental illness are on the upsurge, and not a moment too soon: as of 2015, depression is the leading chronic condition in Europe. This paper focuses on pedagogical approaches to creative writing in recovery from mental illness, particularly “expressive writing” which has been used around the world as an intervention for PTSD, depression, anxiety disorders, and a range of other mental health problems. I propose a rethinking of the ways in which expressive writing is used, and propose a refined approach that draws upon creative writing techniques of voice and “bearing witness”.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Status:Unpublished
Refereed:No
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Jess-Cooke, Dr Carolyn
Authors: Jess-Cooke, C.
Subjects:P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN0080 Criticism
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
College/School:College of Arts > School of Critical Studies > English Literature
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2015 The Author
Publisher Policy:Reproduced with permission of Author
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