Writing as a Way of Healing

How Telling Our Stories Transforms Our Lives

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Author: Louise A. DeSalvo

Publisher: Beacon Press

ISBN: 9780807072431

Category: Self-Help

Page: 226

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Highly acclaimed author and teacher Louise DeSalvo offers the first detailed writing program designed for healing. DeSalvo shows how anyone can use writing as a way to overcome the emotional and physical wounds that arn an inevitable part of life. She culls journals, diaries, letters, and works of dozens of famouns writers and students of the craft to illustrate how people "change physically and psychologically when they work on projects that grow from a deep, authentic place." With insight and with, she illuminates how the writing process has transformed authors such as Virginia Woolf, Henry Miller, Audre Lorde, and Isabel Allende. WRITING AS A WAY OF HEALING gives valuable advice and practical techniques to guide and inpsire both experienced and beginning writers.

The Art of Slow Writing

Reflections on Time, Craft, and Creativity

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Author: Louise DeSalvo

Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

ISBN: 1466851988

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 336

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In a series of conversational observations and meditations on the writing process, The Art of Slow Writing examines the benefits of writing slowly. DeSalvo advises her readers to explore their creative process on deeper levels by getting to know themselves and their stories more fully over a longer period of time. She writes in the same supportive manner that encourages her students, using the slow writing process to help them explore the complexities of craft. The Art of Slow Writing is the antidote to self-help books that preach the idea of fast-writing, finishing a novel a year, and quick revisions. DeSalvo makes a case that more mature writing often develops over a longer period of time and offers tips and techniques to train the creative process in this new experience. DeSalvo describes the work habits of successful writers (among them, Nobel Prize laureates) so that readers can use the information provided to develop their identity as writers and transform their writing lives. It includes anecdotes from classic American and international writers such as John Steinbeck, Henry Miller, Virginia Woolf and D. H. Lawrence as well as contemporary authors such as Michael Chabon, Junot Diaz, Jeffrey Eugenides, Ian McEwan, and Salman Rushdie. DeSalvo skillfully and gently guides writers to not only start their work, but immerse themselves fully in the process and create texts they will treasure.

Write Your Stress Away

Tame the Tension in Your Life

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Author: Diane Hartingh Price,Susan Ives McCollum

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

ISBN: 1538117991

Category: Self-Help

Page: 244

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Stress, whether an unconscious undercurrent in your life or a rampage of emotions, can make you sick if you don’t manage it. You want to tame the tension in your life, but you don’t know how. Write Your Stress Away is the place to start. The book introduces you to the revolutionary Write To Be Well four-step method proven to bring relief from stress and optimize your health, simply by writing. The book describes the research behind the method, instructs how to use it, includes compelling true-life stories from Write to Be Well users, and arms you with a unique tool to combat stress now and into the future. Everyday stress poses major health risks and is considered to be linked to the six leading causes of death in the United States. But as the authors found through their work and the research on the subject, writing heals. There is a direct correlation between writing and reduced recurrences of certain cancers, lower blood pressure for those with hypertension, strengthened immune function, and better blood glucose management for those living with diabetes. Based on these findings and others, the four-step method found in these pages guides you in naming your stress, affirming a future aligned with your values, creating SMART goals, committing to an action plan, and achieving your desired lifestyle. Thanks to the ease and flexibility of this proven approach, the Write To Be Well method can be tailored to meet your unique needs. Once you learn the four basic steps, you decide how much time you want to spend writing—just a few minutes or a few hours. Learning how to reduce your stress is the first step toward a brighter, healthier future. So, grab a pen!

Vertigo

A Memoir

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Author: Louise DeSalvo

Publisher: The Feminist Press at CUNY

ISBN: 1558617779

Category: Social Science

Page: 306

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Born to immigrant parents during World War II and coming of age during the 1950s, DeSalvo finds herself rebelling against a script written by parental and societal expectations. In her revealing family memoir, DeSalvo sifts through painful memories to give voice to all that remained unspoken and unresolved in her life: a mother's psychotic depression, a father's rage and violent rigidity, a sister's early depression and eventual suicide, and emerging memories of childhood incest. At times humorous and often brutally candid, DeSalvo also delves through the more recent conflicts posed by marriage, motherhood, and the crisis that started her on the path of her life's work: becoming a writer in order to excavate the meaning of her life and community.In Vertigo, Louise DeSalvo paints a striking picture of the easy freedom of the husband and fatherless world of working-class Hoboken, New Jersey, the neighborhood of her early childhood, where mothers and children had an unaccustomed say in the running of their lives while men were off defending their country, but were jolted back into submission when World War II ended. Hoboken was not a place where girls were encouraged to develop their minds, or their independent spirits, yet it is that tenement-dotted city with its pulse and energy, wonderful Italian pastry, and sidewalk roller-skating contests, and not suburban Ridgefield, where the family moves when Louise is seven, that claims Louises heart.Written with an honesty that is as rare as it is unsettling, Vertigo also speaks to broader truths about the impact of ethnicity, class, and gender in American life. Offering inspiration and a healthy dose of subversion, this personal story of a writers life is also a study of the alchemy between lived experience and creativity, and the life-transforming possibilities of this process.

Riting Myth, Mythic Writing

Plotting Your Personal Story

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Author: Dennis Patrick Slattery

Publisher: Fisher King Press

ISBN: 1926715772

Category: Psychology

Page: 230

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Riting Myth, Mythic Writing: Plotting Your Personal Story is a both a theoretical as well as interactive book on the nature of personal myth. Its intention is to offer participants who wish to explore further the terms and structure of their personal myth over 80 writing meditations that are spread throughout 9 chapters in order to guide the readers-writers on a pilgrimage into the deepest layers of their personal myth.

Using Literature to Help Troubled Teenagers Cope with Abuse Issues

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Author: Joan F. Kaywell

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780313307157

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 254

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Offers statistics, case studies and reseach findings on emotional, physical, and sexual abuse of teenagers and provides literary and professional perspectives for each selected work of fiction, along with applications for using the stories in a hypothetical therapy setting.

Becoming a Reflective Practitioner

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Author: Christopher Johns

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 111868723X

Category: Medical

Page: 360

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From Reviews of the second edition: 'Christopher Johns is an internationally recognised pioneer ofreflective practice in nursing and health care. The first editionof this book was an excellent resource and this updated version isequally impressive. This is a superb resource for nurses and allthose eager to enhance their knowledge and skills in reflectivepractice. It is well presented, user-friendly andstimulating.' Nursing Standard Becoming a Reflective Practitioner is a practical guide tousing reflection in every day clinical practice. It explores thevalue of using models of reflection, with particular reference toChristopher Johns' own model for structured reflection. Becoming a Reflective Practitioner includes accounts ofeveryday practice to guide the reader through the stages ofreflective practice within the context of care, 'desirablepractice', and the caring relationship. This third edition reflectssignificant developments in reflective theory and gives greaterattention to different approaches to reflection including the useof narrative dialogue. New chapters are included on ensuringquality and managing conflict. Exemplars are included throughoutand further references and reflected reading are included at theend of each chapter. Reflective practice is acknowledged as an effective approach todeveloping nursing care which evolves as the practitioner developshis or her own practice. This book will therefore be of interest toall nurses involved in developing their clinical practice. A practical guide to developing reflective practice Reflects significant developments in reflectivetheory Examines Christopher Johns’ own model for structuredreflection Centred on care and the caring relationship Challenges practitioners to question their practice

Encyclopedia of Feminist Literature

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Author: Mary Ellen Snodgrass

Publisher: Infobase Learning

ISBN: 1438140649

Category: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY

Page: N.A

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Presents articles on feminist literature, including significant authors, themes and history.

Not Without God

A Story of Survival

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Author: Zina Hermez

Publisher: Morgan James Publishing

ISBN: 1630471283

Category: Religion

Page: N.A

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Zina Hermez was just sixteen years old when she suffered a spinal-cord-injury after being hit by a car while crossing the street on her way to school. When health professionals predicted she would never walk again, she looked to God and her faith. “Not Without God: A Story of Survival” is about how one woman survived a devastating injury, learned to walk again despite all odds, and finally became a professional teacher. In a world where people with disabilities can start to feel invisible, she overcame her challenges. This book offers hope, insight, and ways to heal not just for people with disabilities, but for anyone facing adversity in their life.

The Heart Speaks

A Cardiologist Reveals the Secret Language of Healing

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Author: Mimi Guarneri

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0743273125

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 219

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An evaluation of the multi-faceted role of the heart considers its representation of human emotions and spirituality as well as its essential role in the perpetuation of life, drawing on recent studies to reveal that the human heart has its own intelligence and memory and operates independently from the brain. Reprint. 75,000 first printing.