Virtually everyone copes with significant grief and turmoil at times. WRITING THROUGH THE DARKNESS offers a menu of writing approachesfreewriting, memoir, poetry, and storytellingto alleviate the anguish, confusion, and pain associated with depression. Quotes and writing samples from students provide inspiration and encouragement, and extensive resources direct readers to additional writing prompts, instruction, and accurate mental health information and assistance. Practical how-to discussions and plentiful exercises demonstrate how writing can help those with depression modulate their moods, develop greater insight, feel a sense of accomplishment, and reconstruct a damaged life.
This book is a practical guide to using proven creative writing exercises and specific group interactions to ease symptoms of depression. It is based on the author's own struggles with depression and case studies from her successful Stanford University creative writing programme for people suffering from depression.
Elizabeth Maynard Schaefer, PhD, is a science journalist, author, poet, memoirist, creative writing instructor, and someone who has suffered from bipolar depression. With a PhD in biology, she combines her interests in writing and mental health in a course for people with mood disorders at Stanford University's psychiatry department. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.