Journal of Poetry Therapy

, Volume 15, Issue 4, pp 187–193 | Cite as

Letters Never Sent: Tending to Unfinished Business

  • Carole H. McAllister
  • May C. Wolff


Since the 1970's the use of writing as an informal therapy has shown significant positive results. “Letters never sent: Using freewriting to tend to unfinished business” is a “writing as therapy” workshop that offers techniques to guide individuals as they write through change cycles. This workshop has provided participants a way to untangle themselves from the past and has involved them in the path to well-being. Specifically, it employs freewriting—a writing method that harnesses the internal editor, the censor, through a series of timed writing exercises. Through this freewriting workshop, participants can make significant discoveries about themselves.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Carole H. McAllister
    • 1
  • May C. Wolff
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of EnglishSoutheastern Louisiana UniversityHammond
  2. 2.Los Gatos

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