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Best 21 Books about Therapeutic Writing

Healing Writing Books – Discover the Best 21 Books about Therapeutic Writing

Therapeutic Writing is about using writing to find meaning in suffering, pain and trauma. It’s a self-directed healing writing practice that is often undertaken by individuals studying on their own. There are many books that can guide you as you write your way to healing. The following selection of healing writing books are written by experts in the field of therapeutic writing.

Healing Writing

1. Opening Up by Writing it Down: How Expressive Writing Improves Health and Eases Emotional Pain
James Pennebaker and Joshua Smyth

2. Expressive Writing: Words that Heal
James Pennebaker and John Evans

3. The Secret Life of Pronouns: What our Words Say About Us 
James Pennebaker

4. Narrative Means to Therapeutic Ends 
Michael White and David Epston

5. The Self on the Page
Celia Hunt and Fiona Sampson

6. Transformative Learning through Creative Life Writing 
Celia Hunt

7. Writing and Healing: Toward an Informed Practice 
Charles Anderson and Marian Maccurdy

8. Writing Works: A Resource Handbook for Therapeutic Writing Workshops and Activities 
Victoria Field, Gillie Bolton and Kate Thompson

9. Therapeutic Journal Writing 
Kate Thompson and Kathleen Adams

10. Journal to the Self: Twenty-Two Paths to Personal Growth 
Kathleen Adams

11. Writing to Heal the Soul: Transforming Grief and Loss Through Writing 
Susan Zimmermann

12. If You Want to Write 
Brenda Ueland

13. Narrative Medicine: Honoring the Stories of Illness 
Rita Charon

14. Writing the Mind Alive: The Proprioceptive Method for Finding Your Authentic Voice 
Linda Metcalf

15. Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within 
Natalie Goldberg

16. Writing: Self and Reflexivity 
Celia Hunt and Fiona Sampson

17. Therapeutic Dimensions of Autobiography in Creative Writing
Celia Hunt

18. Write Yourself: Creative Writing and Personal Development 
Gillie Bolton

19. Reflective Practice: Writing and Professional Development 
Gillie Bolton and Russel Delderfield

20. Dying, Bereavement and the Healing Arts
Gillie Bolton

21. Writing as a Way of Healing: How Telling Our Stories Transforms Our Lives 
Louise Desalvo

The above links lead to Amazon.ca where these books are available for purchase. Dreamers Creative Writing is set-up with an Amazon Affiliates account and if you click through the links and buy one of these books on Amazon, Dreamers will get a small referral fee. If you’re thinking of buying a book on therapeutic writing, we’d really appreciate it if you’d consider buying it this way, as you’ll be helping us turn our love of writing into a viable small business.

If you’re interested in learning about Therapeutic Writing in person, check out our upcoming Writing to Heal Workshop. 

To learn more about Therapeutic Writing, read our “Why Therapeutic Writing?” article. 

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