The purpose of this project was to discover whether or not using creative nonfiction writing as a strategy in narrative therapy can aid in the process of self-discovery, self-awareness, and self-reflection. To begin, I selected creative nonfiction pieces for analysis: Underwater Blue, Forever Blue, and The Knowing, all of which come from a portfolio completed in Fall 2019 and contain traumatic subject matter. Literary formalist criticism, the Narrative Process Model, and narrative themes and the concept of self were the chosen methods of analysis. I found commonalities in writers' craft tools as well as in themes and self in all of the works, the most prominent being the drowning experience and the pattern of maladaptive independence.
Correia, Sierra, "To Drown or Not to Drown: Self Discovery Through the Lens of Formalist Theory" (2020). Senior Research Projects. 196.