Therapeutic Effects of Writing Fictional Autobiography

Hunt, Celia (2010) Therapeutic Effects of Writing Fictional Autobiography. Life Writing, 7 (3). pp. 231-244. ISSN 14484528

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Abstract

This paper builds on research into the experience of students taking creative writing courses at Sussex University, which has shown that writing fictional autobiography and sharing the results in small groups can enhance reflexivity of self-experience. It discusses the nature of fictional autobiography, focusing in particular on two different kinds of writing techniques, referred to as 'semiotic' and 'dialogic', which, it is argued, when used in conjunction with each other, can provide a framework for therapeutic change. These techniques, it is suggested, are suitable for use in therapeutic settings, whether psychodynamic, humanistic or cognitive behavioural.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > Centre for Community Engagement
Depositing User: Celia Hunt
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 18:35
Last Modified: 23 May 2012 13:26
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/17321
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