Chapter 4

Reconnecting with the felt body for writing and learning

Maria's story




I have chosen Maria's story because it illustrates very well the reconnection with bodily feeling through creative life writing and the reconceptualising of writing and learning as fundamentally embodied processes. As for many Group 2 students, Maria's opening-up involves closer engagement with what she calls her ‘child-self’ and, like Simon, she develops an internal dialogue with her newly-found ‘writer-self’. Maria experiences the opening-up as very challenging, and suffers depression during the early part of the MA. Her story shows how she begins to manage her expanded sense of self in part through developing containing self-images in her creative life ...

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