What is Writing Therapy?

Writing therapy uses expressive writing to explore and release difficult emotions. The underlying concept is that writing about one’s experiences and feelings can assist in healing emotional trauma. Writing therapy takes many forms and may be referred to as: therapeutic writing, journal therapy, diary therapy, expressive writing, bibliotherapy, and poetry therapy. Writing therapy can take place individually or in a group, and it can be administered in person with a therapist or at a distance, through the post or online.

Writing as Therapy Quotes

“What a comfort is this journal. I tell myself to myself and throw the burden on my book and feel relieved.” Anne Lister

“Tonight I write this journal entry on my laptop. Other nights I have handwritten entries in notebooks. Sometimes I jot down notes as I ride home in the cab or wait for an appointment. I want all of this—everything and everyone—to stay with me.” Paula Huntley.

“The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.” Aristotle

How It Works

We email your study materials one module at a time. All materials are supplied in a pdf format so you can save them to your computer and work through them at your own pace. You can also print the materials off if you wish. You do not need to be connected to the Internet to work through your study materials. Each module includes exercises to complete and a tutor-marked assignment.

There is also the option to add a printed copy of the workbooks to your order.

Writing is a form of therapy; sometimes I wonder how all those who do not write, compose or paint can manage to escape the madness, melancholia, the panic and fear which is inherent in a human situation. Graham Greene