Fiction Therapy: Creative Writing for Wellbeing with Zacharey Jane
We know that our life stories connect and support us. Stories about our past, our lives, our futures, form our identity and offer a way to describe our world. But what about fiction? Can creating a fictional narrative offer similar emotional support?
Author and teacher Zacharey Jane is conducting creative writing workshops as part of her research into the therapeutic effect of writing fiction, for her Master of Research at Western Sydney University.
The workshops are free to all participants and open to those over 18 years of age who would like to learn about composing works of fiction, with a focus on beginning writers. As part of the course, all participants agree to complete short entry and exit surveys on their experience and attitude to creative writing, as well as a brief survey on mood at the end of every class; all information is anonymous. Information regarding the research details and participant expectations will be forwarded to all applicants interested in attending online, with an Extended Consent Form.
4 x 1 hour online workshops. After a brief introduction, the participants will be offered two short writing exercises, then encouraged to begin a short story that they will extend each session.
Session 1: concept and character, including dialogue.
Session 2: setting and how it informs the plot.
Session 3: writer style and voice.
Session 4: drafting and editing.
Who is it for?
This is a workshop series for beginner writers, who would like to be guided to finish a story.
Zacharey Jane is an author and a teacher. She has published literary fiction, a children’s book and various essays. As a high school English teacher she is experienced in supporting beginner writers in their creative endeavours, understanding the sensitivity of the first-time writer. As a part of her Master of Research work she is investigating the therapeutic potential of writing fiction, working from the premise that it can be as therapeutic as self-reflexive writing. This belief is based on her work as a teacher and her many conversations with other authors. The 2020 Fiction Therapy workshops will explore this idea, while offering participants a valuable creative writing experience.