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Writing Routes

Writing Routes

A Resource Handbook of Therapeutic Writing

Gillie Bolton, Victoria Field and Kate Thompson
Foreword by Gwyneth Lewis

Part of the Writing for Therapy or Personal Development series

Paperback: £18.99 / $29.95

2010, 234mm x 156mm / 9.25in x 6in, 240pp
ISBN: 978-1-84905-107-1, BIC 2: MQTC

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The use of creative writing as a route to personal or professional development is a powerful therapeutic tool, yet often the most difficult part is knowing how and where to begin. The experiences of others, and the strategies and approaches they have used in their own writing, can provide tried-and-tested models for practice, and 'ways in' that facilitators might wish to recommend to others.

Writing Routes is an essential roadmap for anybody setting out on the journey of self-discovery through words. This diverse collection of short pieces introduce and demonstrate 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. Their writing ranges widely, from journal entries and stream of consciousness to autobiography, poetry, fiction and drama, and the pieces are organised by theme and genre for ease of navigation, designed to be 'dipped into' as and when they are needed.

This rich and varied collection will provide writing practitioners, counsellors and other related professionals with ideas and techniques to share with their clients, and is a useful resource that individuals who write for their own personal and professional development will return to again and again.

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My Journal Journey – An Article by Kate Thompson, author of Therapeutic Journal Writing

5 February 2012

"I wrote this book because this was a book I would have liked when I was training as a counsellor. At that time I had no idea that you could (‘were allowed to’) use journal writing as a therapeutic medium with clients. But I did know that it worked for me so it seemed natural to want to try. This book would have legitimized my instincts and given me the confidence to do it openly."

VIDEO: Writing for Therapy or Personal Development – A Conversation with Dr Gillie Bolton

11 November 2011

Dr Gillie Bolton is a renowned therapeutic writing practitioner and author of many JKP books, including Write Yourself: Creative Writing and Personal Development. In this video, Dr Bolton discusses the new book – the latest in the Writing for Therapy or Personal Development series, of which she is also the series Editor – and shares...

On Therapeutic Writing: Heal your past, Live your present and Create your future

5 January 2011

By Victoria Field, co-editor with Gillie Bolton and Kate Thompson of the new book Writing Routes: A Resource Handbook of Therapeutic Writing. When I attended my first-ever writing workshop in 1995 at the relatively mature age of 32, I was astonished how easily the words flowed, as if a dam had been breached. I couldn’t stop...

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