Short Course description
Creative Expressions: Story Writing, Poetry and Journaling explores a range of writing and reading practices and their application in healthcare and wellbeing contexts. It is designed to introduce you to some of the clinical research on writing as a mode of therapy and some of the key forms of writing and reading used in therapeutic contexts such as expressive writing, poetry, journaling and bibliotherapy. It also explores a range of community arts/writing projects that harness the power of writing for the purposes of political and social expression, and invites you to explore how collaborative writing can create awareness of social health and wellbeing issues and provide opportunities for connecting to others. Central to this short course is a variety of practical writing and reading activities designed to introduce you to the benefits of creative written expression in healthcare and for personal wellbeing.
Dr Eliza Burke is an interdisciplinary researcher and writer with an MFA in Art Theory (University of Tasmania) and a PhD in Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature (Monash University). She is also an independent art curator and has held a variety of project co-ordination and management roles in the arts industry and the tertiary education sector. She teaches and has assisted on many research projects across the disciplines of Sociology and Art Theory, with particular expertise in mental health and gender theory, and contemporary arts practices. She has published her own research in Feminist Media Studies, Australian Feminist Studies and Counselling, Psychotherapy and Health and regularly contributes to the Asia-Pacific arts magazine, Artlink.