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Rwanda Since 1994Stories of Change$
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Hannah Grayson and Nicki Hitchcott

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781786941992

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781786941992.001.0001

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Stories as Change: Using Writing to Facilitate Healing among Genocide Survivors in Rwanda

Stories as Change: Using Writing to Facilitate Healing among Genocide Survivors in Rwanda

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(p.232) Stories as Change: Using Writing to Facilitate Healing among Genocide Survivors in Rwanda
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Rwanda Since 1994
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Laura Apol

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781786941992.003.0013

Therapeutic writing - that is, narrative writing that systematically follows a deliberately therapeutic format - has been proven effective in reducing the effects of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and improving mental health because it allows an individual to organize traumatic memory by converting images and emotions into words and narrative text. This essay presents a rationale for therapeutic writing, then discusses the design for a particular writing-for-healing model that was developed and employed in working with young adult survivors of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi of Rwanda. The essay then describes Rwandan participant interactions around and responses to the writing-for-healing project to demonstrate the therapeutic potential of narrative writing in response to trauma.

Keywords:   PTSD, therapeutic writing, writing workshop, written narrative, trauma response, healing, Rwanda, Survivors, memory

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