Therapeutic Writing Workshops: Exploring the Benefits

A group of people sit around a large table set in a well-lit, comfortable room. Everyone is writing about a difficult experience or a health or emotional problem that has been bothering them for some time. They have been working together for several hours or perhaps a day or two. Alternatively, they are in their […]

Therapeutic Writing: The Power of Constructing a Story.

As I mentioned in my last post, James Pennebaker was one of the first to research (and confirm) the positive benefits of therapeutic writing. He has written or edited ten books and authored or co-authored over 250 articles on the subject. It is little wonder he is considered to be the founding father of the […]

How can research help us understand therapeutic writing?

Once upon a time, only people like Aristotle, William Shakespeare and Graham Greene knew that writing is therapeutic. ‘Give sorrow words.’ Shakespeare told us, ‘The grief that does not speak/Whispers the o’er fraught heart, and bids it break.’ Centuries later Greene added that, ‘Writing is a form of therapy; sometimes I wonder how all those who […]

Therapeutic Writing: Names in the Sand

Twenty years ago, just as my children were blossoming into adolescence, we spent Christmas camping at Moana beach about an hour’s drive from where we lived. While the children played board games or French cricket, I slowly wound down from the year, reading novels my friends recommended six months earlier. In the mornings, instead of […]