Write for Life: Persisting in Online Health Communities with Expressive Writing and Social Support

https://grouplens.org/site-content/uploads/write-life-final.pdf

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Writing in solidarity: the lived experience of African American adolescent girls writing poetry

Pages 1-14 | Received 25 Jul 2017, Accepted 15 Sep 2017, Published online: 28 Nov 2017

This article offers an expansion of the poetry writing and research featured in “Culturally Responsive Poetry” published in the Journal of Poetry Therapy in 2011. In this article, a follow up to the coeducational poetry pilot is provided through the experiences of African American adolescent girl poets. “Writing in Solidarity: The Lived Experience of African American Adolescent Girls Writing Poetry” is the outcome of an in-depth phenomenological research study exploring the lived experience of eight African American female high school students participating in an after school poetry group. The process of writing in solidarity is one of call and response that evokes a sense of understanding and concern for one’s self, poetry group members and community. Through this writing process, a sense of sisterhood is forged for the adolescent girls and the power of individual and collective naming (to call forth one’s own identity or identities) uncovered.

http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/08893675.2018.1396725

Community writing as a learning experience

Pages 107-113 | Published online: 10 Nov 2010

This brief report examines community writing as part of a community arts programme at The Notre-Dame-de-Grâce (NDG) Food Depot in Montreal. We chose the locale of a food bank because we wanted to improve the life-coping mechanisms of food recipients and to empower them, through the arts, to have the self-confidence to join the mainstream of society.

http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/0889-3670310001596266

Community of writing people

Kathleen Adams:

Community also changes us. We learn that we are not alone. We see ourselves reflected in another’s compassionate eyes. We hold for each other what we cannot reliably hang onto for ourselves.

Expressive writing may change the way you see the world. Writing communities have the power to deepen and accelerate the process of change.

(from “Your Brain on Ink”)