Life-writing and incremental healing: word by word, year by year
- Routledge (Taylor and Francis)
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- Still Here: Memoirs of Trauma, Illness and Loss, 2019
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This paper tracks the trajectory of a life writing project through tertiary education to publication, and beyond. From a rocky pedagogical beginning, with clinical ramifications, student and academic discuss their individual experiences of the process, and trace the lessons learnt, from each perspective. The memoir was written and published under a pseudonym at the time. The former candidate discusses that decision and why she would make a different one today. As such, she continues the incremental ownership of her life writing story of the systematic abuse when she was a child, growing up in Melbourne, at the hands of an extended family member. The paper looks at the writing as therapy literature as a means to demonstrate that it may not have immediate affect on life writers, but incremental. The former candidate’s memoir, when first published, became a top seller of a large Australian bookstore chain for many weeks.
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