Voice of Her Own: Women and the Journal Writing Journey

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Simon and Schuster, May 27, 1996 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 380 pages
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As writers such as Virginia Woolf, Audre Lorde, and Anais Nin recognized, keeping a journal is a powerful tool of creative expression and self-healing. In A Voice of Her Own - a companion for both new and longtime diarists - Marlene Schiwy shows that journal writing is the ideal way to find one's individual voice, an opportunity for women to explore feelings, intuitions, perceptions, and ideas often suppressed in our society, and to record the truths of their own experience.
Schiwy invites readers to share the journeys other women have made toward selfhood and encourages them to begin a journey of their own. She weaves together passages from published and unpublished journals, from works of literature, psychology, and women's studies with her personal insights. A Voice of Her Own is a treasure chest of inspiration for every woman seeking deeper self-awareness and new outlets for creativity.
 

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Part how-to, part historical account, literary scholar Schiwy's work validates women's need to keep a journal and, as such, their need to express emotions. "Journal writing is a way of paying close ... Read full review

Contents

Acknowledgments
9
Foreword
11
PART ONE Embarking
13
A Voice of Her Own
298
Endnotes
321
Bibliography
357
The Diary Habit
1
The Diary Habit
15
Getting Started 50
50
PART TWO The Inner Journey
87
Writing Below the Surface 89
89
Healing Dimensions of the Journal 113
113
Reinventing the Self 143
143
Dreams and Other Exceptional Experiences 175
175
Journal Writing and Creativity 203
203
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An Hour of Her Own 32
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About the author (1996)

Marlene Schiwy, Ph.D., is the founder of The Women's Journal Workshop and is on the English and Women's Studies faculties at The College of Staten Island, City University of New York.

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