Writing as a Way of Healing

How Telling Our Stories Transforms Our Lives

Writing as a Way of Healing

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.

Writing As a Way of Healing

How Writing the Pain Can Transform Lives

Writing As a Way of Healing

This book illustrates how writing your silent grief, can give a voice to the pain you struggle with in everyday life. How it carves all the emotions and takes the shape of a beautiful art, a story as you release yourself on the pages with the words that flow from your heart. Writing may seem to be a solitary act, yet in the solitude comes out the most revealing light through your pen. And the story rolls out, sometimes the most poetic verses arise from the breaking hearts and they fill the universe with its poetic therapeutic spirit. At times, the story may roam from one reader to another, taking them to the deepest places of their own. While it heals you, the art that arises from your writing heals others. It has a creative, transformative, and a connective power.

Write Your Stress Away

Tame the Tension in Your Life

Write Your Stress Away

Write Your Stress Away and ease the tension in your life! Learn about the impact of stress on your health and how in four easy steps, with paper, pen, or keyboard, you can: identify what is bugging you, what really matters in your life, create an action plan, and implement it to address your stress and improve your health. It’s that easy!

Multiethnic American Literatures

Essays for Teaching Context and Culture

Multiethnic American Literatures

This book provides original essays that suggest ways to engage students in the classroom with the cultural factors of American literature. Some of the essays focus on individual authors' works, others view American literature more broadly, and still others focus on the application of culturally based methods for reading. All suggest a closer look at how ethnicity, culture and pedagogy interact in the classroom to help students better understand the complexity of works written by African American, Native American, Asian American, Latino/a, and several other often overlooked American literatures.

Memory, Muses, Memoir

Memory, Muses, Memoir

Why is the memoir genre so important? What is it that drives us to tell our own stories? The ancient Greek myth of Goddess Memory, and her daughters, the Muses, offers new ways to re-enter the stories of our lives and shape them in surprising ways. Mnemosyne's birthing of the Muses underscores her commitment to express all of the facets of her personal story: grief, joy, love, body, breath, history, spirituality, reverie, and humor. The memoirist follows Mnemosyne's imaginal lineage in crafting all memoirs. Memories live in matter, in the very cells of our bodies. Writing our life stories allows us to consider the content of our experiences, the plurality of perspectives from which we can choose to shape them, and the use that we want to make of them. We may choose to write for many reasons, psychological, physical, and cultural healing being just a few. This book suggests the exploration of an imaginable field is possible when we look at how figures from Greek mythology continue to inspire contemporary life writing.

How to Keep a Spiritual Journal

A Guide to Journal Keeping for Inner Growth and Personal Discovery

How to Keep a Spiritual Journal

A comprehensive handbook for starting-and keeping-a spiritual journal.

Writing to Wake the Soul

Opening the Sacred Conversation Within

Writing to Wake the Soul

Provides inspiration, practical guidance and content-rich prompts to help writers deepen their connections to their faith, outlining transformative, theological exercises for tapping the inner self.

Paris in Springtime

An Episode

Paris in Springtime

DescriptionIn Paris in Springtime: An Episode, author Andrew Webster charts his distressing and colourful world of 'madness'. His manic depression takes him to France where he destroys his driving licence, passport and credit cards believing that this will give him new freedom. Within a day of leaving a comfortable hotel, he is homeless on the streets of Paris, without money, destitute. His paranoia has him convinced he is being hunted. In this exhausted and fragile state he has a spiritual experience: believing that he is living the Christ-Consciousness; the Initiations of the Initiate's journey. Writing has helped Andrew heal trauma. About the AuthorAndrew Webster's career and marriage ended with the onset of manic depression in 1990. Born in 1955, Webster, educated at Harrow, did a Short Service commission in the Army before joining the Food Industry - working up from shop floor to senior management within six years. In 1995, he founded mental health and employment charity, Talent To Work which successfully challenged State Benefit regulations, also winning a New Deal contract for its innovative Manchester employment project, for people with mental health problems. In 2009, Webster's manic depression resurfaced and he experienced a psychotic illness and profound spiritual awakening in Paris.

Vertigo

A Memoir

Vertigo

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

Riting Myth, Mythic Writing

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.