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With pen in hand : the healing power of writing
Klauser, Henriette Anne.
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Publication Information:
Cambridge, MA : Perseus Publishing, 2002.

Physical Description:
xvii, 262 pages ; 23 cm
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BF505.G6 K588 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
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In moments of grief or loss, we often turn to the written word to say what cannot be said aloud. Indeed, directing sadness, rage, or confusion at the page can be tremendously cathartic and liberating. As we express our deepest feelings without reserve in poetry or prose, we feel the power of our words begin to draw out some of the pain in our hearts and replace it with hope.But fears about writing honestly and self-criticism can stand in the way of making use of this powerful therapeutic tool. With Pen in Hand is an inspirational and practical guide to breaking through these roadblocks and to helping one "write to heal." Outlining writing techniques that are best for working through pain and for privately collecting raw emotions--"Writing a Letter of Goodbye," "Interviewing Your Body," "Rapid-Writing," and more--Henriette Klauser shares stories and tips that will help readers gain comfort from what they commit to paper. For the accomplished writer and non-writer alike, With Pen in Hand will help one make use of the kind of expression that in the aftermath of a crisis or loss, can make one whole again.

Author Notes

The best-selling author of many practical books on writing, Henriette Anne Klauser, Ph.D. , has been featured in Redbook, O! The Oprah Magazine, Good Housekeeping, Glamour, and New Age Journal, and has been interviewed by USA Today, the London Times, and the Washington Post. She lives in Edmonds, Washington.

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Booklist Review

Reading can provide welcome escape from one's pain and sorrow. Writing about those same emotions, says Klauser, can help a troubled mind embrace the anguish and work toward healing. An ardent proponent of the power of the written word, Klauser, whose sometimes New Agey language does not preclude serious information, and whose previous books have been testaments to writing's ability to transform paralyzing inactivity into productive accomplishments and solitary reticence into satisfying relationships, now examines and extols its therapeutic benefits. Whether as letters or journals, poetry or prose, the writing Klauser advocates is not for professional publication but for personal catharsis, and she offers practical techniques designed to help even the most reluctant or inexperienced writer communicate his or her innermost thoughts. From the loss of a job to the death of a spouse, from the trauma of assault to the terror of abandonment, Klauser shares the true stories of people who have faced the worst life has to offer and who have gained solace through the act of writing about their ordeals. --Carol Haggas