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The chrysalis and the butterfly: A phenomenological study of one person’s writing journey

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This article presents a phenomenological case study of one person’s journey to finding his writerly self through his involvement with a creative writing group with therapeutic outcomes. The journey is initially one of ambivalence and struggle. Engagement with creative writing techniques, however, allows for discovery, a turning up, capturing and exploration of buried thoughts and emotions, leading to a greater self-understanding and capacity for reflection.
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Keywords: creative writing; creativity; depression; free writing; mental well-being; therapeutic writing; writerly self

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Scarborough Psychotherapy Training Institute and the University of Hull

Publication date: 2011-08-22

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