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Autobiographical (Life) Writing

Autobiographical (Life) Writing

In her role leading psychotherapy groups, Joan Barr utilized the structure taught in her Expressive Writing course taken at OISE in 2002. The writing style has been described as Narrative Competence. This has been defined elsewhere as: “…a story [that] is coherently organized with a beginning middle and end; it can be understood by a listener or reader; and it incorporates an author’s feelings or stance…”.[1] Sometimes a story might take the form of a poem, but still fulfil the criteria of having the flow-through of beginning-middle-end, be coherent, and understandable to a listener.

Here are several of Joan Barr’s personal stories to demonstrate a finished story.

 



[1] Peterkin, Allan D., Narrative Competence: Psychotherapy for People with HIV.  FOCUS UCSF AIDS Health Project. 2006; February, p.5-7.