Using Picture Postcards in Therapeutic Writing Groups

I use picture postcards often in my groups and in all sorts of ways. I consider them to be endlessly adaptable. Often I ask people to each choose a card that appeals and give them ideas to get them started writing, e.g., write what you see, imagine the scene in another season, imagine you were there, write the ‘story’ of the picture. Sometimes we all write about the same card. Once when I asked everyone to write about the same card and write what they could see in the picture, all but one of us described the tangible elements of the picture – sea, sand, sky, car, man, woman. But interestingly one person wrote solely about the emotions she could see being played out between the man and the woman in the picture. The differences in our responses to the cards and the ‘stories’ we devise make for interesting writing and stimulating discussions.

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About Carol Ross

Interested in therapeutic writing.
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