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ERIC Number: ED315777
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Lifewriting: Literacy and Self-Awareness through Autobiographical Writing.
Butler, Sydney J.; Bentley, T. Roy
Lifewriting is a form of autobiographical composition in which the non-expert, or even the beginning writer, tries to capture on paper the raw experiences of a lifetime. The intersections between family history and social or political events provide one set of starting points for the lifewriter who sets out on the neverending journey to capture a life in words. The focus on topics of deep personal interest and a process approach to writing in the supporting environment of a lifewriting group make even the first attempts worthwhile. The initial emphasis of a writing "induction" program on lifewriting is on the participants' experiences, on talking about the experiences with others, and on responding to the questions of the other members of the group as a means to clarify and shape the experience, to give it a beginning and an ending suitable for a story form. Use of the word "induction" instead of instruction can give the leader of a writing group a greater vision of the task, which evolves around three dicta: start, sustain, and propagate. "Start" refers to work on idea-generation and motivation. "Sustain" provides continuing encouragement in the production of artifacts. "Propagate" builds in follow-up activities and resources. The entire process gradually evolves into the joy of self-expression and authorship. (KEH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada