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Writing for Healing


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These are my presentation slides for my 2012 Survive & Thrive Conference and Festival workshop on October 25, 2012.

These slides were prepared in Keynote. If you need a copy in PowerPoint, please contact me.

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Writing for Healing

  1. 1. Writing for HealingWorkshop for the 2012 Survive and Thrive Conference Trent M Kays Writer, Teacher, Consultant, PhD Student
  2. 2. Where You Can find Me• Website/Portfolio:•• Twitter: @trentmkays• LinkedIn:• UMN Department of Writing Studies twitter: @trentmkays
  3. 3. Let’s Talk Writing• Aristotle’s On Rhetoric• Longinus’ On the Sublime• Corder’s “Argument as Emergence, Rhetoric as Love”• Three Appeals • Logos, Ethos, Pathos• Process versus Product twitter: @trentmkays
  4. 4. Journaling• For whom do we write? • Ourselves? Our family?• Audience • Self audience, primary audience, secondary audience• Encountering the Social • When we write, we are never alone twitter: @trentmkays
  5. 5. How do we compose something that’s never meant to be read? twitter: @trentmkays
  6. 6. Let’s Write!(Sort of like “Let’s Dance” but without David Bowie)
  7. 7. Prompt: Where Do You Write? twitter: @trentmkays
  8. 8. Prompt: Respond to This Image twitter: @trentmkays
  9. 9. If You’re Comfortable,Share with Your Neighbor for Five Minutes
  10. 10. Prompt: What Do You See? @trentmkays
  11. 11. Why Do We Write to Heal?• To externalize what we’ve internalized• To connect with something• To understand our pain in relation to the world• To express something• To share• To work through something without verbalizing it twitter: @trentmkays
  12. 12. What Do We Know?“People who engage in expressive writing report feeling happier and less negative than before writing.”--James Pennebaker, PhD twitter: @trentmkays
  13. 13. What Do We Know?“This is what I learned: that everybody is talented, original and has something important to say.”--Brenda Ueland"Everyone has three lives: a public life, a private life, and a secret life.”--Gabriel García Márquez twitter: @trentmkays
  14. 14. Questions?
  15. 15. Thanks! And, don’t forget the handouts! If you’re interested in myworkshops, etc, please let me know!Email: Twitter: @trentmkays