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Eng1A (Hull) Spring 2020: Creativity and Writing as Therapy

A collection of resources to support topics and themes from the course.

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This set of resources is a selection that may be useful in supporting ideas for your research paper. It is not an exhaustive list!

Be sure to contact a librarian if you need additional help thinking about or finding resources for your project. 


Becoming Our Own Shaman: Introduction to Therapeutic Creative Writing
Chapter from this source: Bolton, Gillie. Write Yourself : Creative Writing and Personal Development. Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2011.


Writing Routes : A Resource Handbook of Therapeutic Writing
This collection of short pieces introduces and demonstrates many different ways of getting into and thinking about creative writing for personal or professional development. Seventy contributors from a variety of different backgrounds and circumstances explain how they came to write a particular piece and why, how they found ways of transforming their experience into writing, and how it was beneficial to them.


InsideOUT Writers Supports Incarcerated Youth in Los Angeles
About the program for whom True Notebooks author Mark Salzman worked. 

Writing for change: engaging juveniles through alternative literacy education.(Report)
Research on incarceration and educational access continues to reveal the stark reality for many adjudicated youth: without access to educational opportunities recidivism is probable. Yet conventional methods of teaching critical reading, writing, and thinking skills are not always successful for juveniles who have found little success (or hope) in traditional schooling. This essay argues that alternative literacy practices can effectively supplement conventional GED and vocational training courses by engaging juveniles through creativity, critical self-awareness, and a shift in how audience and authorship is understood.


Clayton, Susan L. “Writing Our Stories.” Corrections Today, vol. 62, no. 1, Feb. 2000.
Offers a look at the anti-violence creative writing program through the Alabama Department of Youth Services. Purpose of the program; Experience of Marlin Barton, an award-winning fiction writer who taught creative writing to delinquents; Expansion of the program.


An evaluation of an arts program for incarcerated juvenile offenders.
This article focuses on the evaluation of an innovative arts program that facilitates teaching and interaction between artists and institutionalized juvenile offenders.