Should creative writing courses teach ways of building resilience?

Jess-Cooke, C. (2015) Should creative writing courses teach ways of building resilience? New Writing, 12(2), pp. 249-259. (doi: 10.1080/14790726.2015.1047855)

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This paper explores some contemporary practices in using creative writing in recovery from mental illness to consider ways in which undergraduate and postgraduate creative writing programmes might integrate resilience-building techniques for those students who may find some writing exercises ‘triggering’ or detrimental to their mental health. The question is also raised as to whether creative writing programmes should and can integrate resilience techniques, as many students draw upon material from their personal lives, and this can often prove upsetting, if not traumatising. The article argues that resilience techniques might enable students to manage ‘raw’ material and personal narratives in a positive way, and therefore become better creative writers. The article concludes by proposing a creative writing intervention that incorporates resilience and other strategies that support mental wellbeing.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Jess-Cooke, Dr Carolyn
Authors: Jess-Cooke, C.
College/School:College of Arts & Humanities > School of Critical Studies > English Literature
Journal Name:New Writing
ISSN (Online):1943-3107
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2015 Taylor & Francis
First Published:First published in New Writing 12(2):249-259
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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