The Expressive Life-Writing Handbook

Jensen, Meg and Campbell, Siobhan M. (2017). The Expressive Life-Writing Handbook. London and Edinburgh: Beyond Borders Scotland in association with The Stabilisation and Recovery Network.


This handbook provides the theoretical background as well as workshop plans and writing exercises for using Expressive Life Writing in varied applications.

Expressive Life writing is a humanities-based intervention often used with survivors of trauma, in post-conflict situations or during periods of cultural reconstruction.

The Expressive Life Writing Handbook provides a useful reference tool for policymakers and practitioners, highlighting practical guidance, lessons learned and case studies in the uses of bespoke Expressive Life Writing and Life Telling methods in conflict and post-conflict contexts.

The handbook presents an overview of current research on the relationship between traumatic experience including PTSD and narrative forms such as life stories, poetry, memoir and witness statements and considers the ways in which Expressive Life Writing forms may support recovery. It then provides a hands-on guide to the practicalities of facilitating Expressive Life Writing projects or story gathering with the emphasis on valuing the experience of each individual in their own locale.

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