Transformative Writing
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students
Department: Visual and Performing Arts
Course Number: NCAT 3420
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Creative Arts & Healing
  • Creative Writing
  • Psychology
Writing is not just an art form; it is also a psychological survival tool. Transformative writing is the intentional use of writing to promote psychological development and well-being. It is also known as writing therapy, poetry therapy, journaling therapy, and bibliotherapy. In this short workshop, we explore ten principles of transformative writing. Using Dr. Sherry Reiter's book Writing Away the Demons as a guide, students learn to use creative expression to manage their emotions. Each session includes didactic and experiential components and features a "power poem" and one example of a writer responding to a personal crisis. Creative writing experience or creative art therapy knowledge or experience is not required. Certificate students must register in person with a certificate registration form signed by the program coordinator. To make an advising appointment, call 212.229.5567 or email
Course Open to: Degree Students