As a concept, ‘place’ is both physical and metaphorical: relating to the physical places that we live and work in, and our sense of belonging. When we tell stories about ourselves, place has a fundamental role (just as it does in fictional stories) in terms of providing a setting for the action of our lives. However, in the modern world place is also a choice, we may migrate from one place to another and therefore experience multiple places and different ways of being, reconfiguring ourselves in different environments. How can we manage these movements successfully? How can we re-story our experience, and work with the narratives of our lives to accommodate moves between places? In considering these questions, this paper will propose that creative writing practice, engaged as it is with processes of telling and retelling, may offer a particular way of managing these challenges and of reconfiguring our experience and identities. In this paper the author will draw on a range of literature from sociological, psychological and literary sources to reflect on her own experience of using creative writing during her own move from Cornwall to Orkney. She will also identify how some of the tools and techniques she has personally used have subsequently been incorporated into her work tutoring courses in creative writing for wellbeing in Orkney.
|Publication status||Published - 25 Sep 2014|
|Event||Creative Orkney: Arts and Creativity - St Magnus Centre, Kirkwall, United Kingdom|
Duration: 26 Sep 2014 → 27 Sep 2014
|Conference||Creative Orkney: Arts and Creativity|
|Period||26/09/14 → 27/09/14|
- Creative Writing
Alexander, R. (2014). Finding my place: the transformative power of creative writing in understanding geographical migration. A personal study of moving to Orkney. Paper presented at Creative Orkney: Arts and Creativity, Kirkwall, United Kingdom.