Telling lives: women, stories and healing

Crimmins, Gail and Jones, Janice and Loch, Sarah and Black, Ali and Albion, Lisa (2016) Telling lives: women, stories and healing. In: 1st Narrative, Health and Wellbeing Research Conference: Enlightened: Narratives and Narrative Strategies to Awaken Applied and Creative Humanism, 8 Feb 2016, Central Queensland University, Noosa.


Over a year seven women agree to think about, write, and share narratives of living, surviving and being in the afternoon of their lives. During this year we use forms of communication that embrace poetry, image, song and story to create a polyvocal account of women’s lives, voices, struggles and learning. What emerges during the deep and vulnerable personal writing, and the intimate and collective feedback and sharing of stories during writing workshops, is both empowering and healing. From sharing, reading and talking 'about' our writing, we find self-empowerment, affirmation, validation, support, encouragement and dignity and (re)discover both our unique and shared journeys as women. In making our stories public, stories we have not revealed before, storiesof lives we didn’t choose or imagine but of lives we are given and are living through, we listen, hear, recognise and acknowledge experience – our own and others’. As we listen and hear we connect to ourselves and to the diversity, uniqueness, strength and depth of other women. And in so doing we find connection, healing and renewed courage to live meaningfully and wholly.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Abstract only published in Conference Program.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Linguistics, Adult and Specialist Education
Date Deposited: 25 Aug 2016 03:07
Last Modified: 25 May 2017 03:03
Uncontrolled Keywords: narrative, wellbeing, writing together, women as writers, feminism, storied experience, polyvocality, womens' lives, writing
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 92 Health > 9299 Other Health > 929999 Health not elsewhere classified

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