Creative Occupations, Occhat, occupational science, OTalk

Writing creatively as a way to develop occupational artistry – preparation

#occhat – Writing creatively as a way to develop occupational artistry

Date: 14/08/2012  Host: @Kirstyes

Blog Post  –  Transcript

Next Tuesday 14th August 2012 during our #occhat talk we will be following up from the #occhat Allison Sullivan hosted ‘Occupational Artistry as an Antidote to Occupational Science’ – you can find the summary and grabchat by clicking on the underlined links.

One suggestion for developing occupational artistry was to write creatively. So, in preparation for the occhat I am asking as many people as possible to give this a go. It isn’t mandatory for the chat but hopefully the more pieces we have the better the chat.

I appreciate that people may be anxious about writing creatively or that they may not have done so for a while. I delivered a workshop on using creative writing for reflection at the College of Occupational Therapists Conference 2012 and on my blog I have posted the handouts for reference. They contain some examples of writing I have used to ‘make sense’ of topics/situations.

The techniques I talk about are:
Found poems – where you use an existing page or two of writing and ‘find’ the poem in it by circling odd words (giving credit to the original source of course).
Form poems – poems that use a defined form of line length, rhyme etc – some examples are given but there are many many forms.
Free verse poems – Poems where the form is defined by the content and anything goes, often uses rhyme, repetition etc.
Fiction/Short Stories – Using the short story form including narration, dialogue etc etc to make sense of academic text, reflect on a situation etc.

You could also use things like ‘diary’ formats, writing an unsent letter etc. Creative writing is subjective so just give it a go. If you have a blog please post it there and add the link in the comments for this post, or you can post your version in the comments or on facebook (or alternatively if you’d like us to post it on the blog e-mail it to with the Subject line – Writing Creatively).

What you write about is up to you too but again I offer some suggestions:

As in the handout write a short story about some sort of complex theory or article you have read – something that helps you to ‘see’ how that would look in or impact on practice.
Reflect on a difficult situation, or one that has gone really well, analyse what factors impacted on the outcome – you could do this using poetry or a story form using dialogue for example.

Please do remember to maintain confidentiality and privacy and change names, situations etc, try to ensure nobody is identifiable.

You might like to think about the pros and cons of using this technique and how you felt writing and afterwards as discussion points for the chat.

Any questions please don’t hesitate to ask. Looking forward to reading your examples and chatting with you on Tuesday.

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