Foreword. 1. Introduction. 2. Warm-Up Exercises. 3. Beginnings. 4. Introductory Work. 5. Memories. 6. Empathy. 7. Changes and Endings. 8. Imagined Worlds. 9. Opening Up. 10. General Themes. 11. Exploring Literary Form. Appendix 1. Guidelines for Developing and Adapting your own Exercises. Appendix 2. Creative Writing Books (or Why This Book is Necessary). Appendix 3. Useful Organisations. The Authors. References.
Deborah Philips is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Arts at Brunel University and runs a creative writing group at an acute adult day hospital. Liz Linington trained at Brunel University in Occupational Therapy and has worked in a range of psychiatric hospitals.She now specialises in psychiatric rehabilitation. Debra Penman read her degree in English and American Studies at Hull University and subsequently trained as an occupational therapist at St Loyes College, Exeter.She currently works in a centre for people with HIV/AIDS.
...a valuable resource for those wanting to use creative writing in
groupwork. Every chapter provides a wealth of different exercises.
Each exercise lists the materials needed and gives a recommended
warm-up exercise as well as possible prompt questions to ease
discussion following the period of writing. The book therefore
provides a clear framework for running creative writing groups. The
exercises provide a useful primer and can be adapted to suit a wide
range of needs. The appendices are equally useful with one on how
to devise your own exercises, another providing a list and outline
of useful books, and a third giving a comprehensive list of useful
organisations. The book offers a practical resource and many of the
exercises contained in this slim, well-organised volume appear to
be original and are likely to prompt many creative activities. --
British Journal of Occupational Therapy
There are several good creative writing handbooks on the market at the moment but, as any therapist running groups on the subject in mental health settings will know, they generally just miss the mark, being too skill-based on the one hand or too process orientated on the other. This slim new volume goes some way to closing the gap. What the busy therapist might most appreciate is the resource aspect of the book. It is full of ideas - recommended warm-up activities for each writing session, along with useful commentaries on how to take creative ideas further. Writing Well clearly meets a need and will prove a welcome addition to every therapy department bookshelf. -- Therapy Weekly