Date of Award
Dr. Kerri K. Morris
Dr. Bradley Smith
Dr. Christopher White
This thesis examines the ways in which expressive writing helps individuals process trauma, and, specifically, how the implementation of expressive writing exercises into the first-year writing classroom might positively benefit university students. It begins with an in-depth exploration of previous expressive writing studies and an analysis of the ways in which expressive writing provides physical and emotional benefits and assists in the processing of trauma.
This thesis additionally examines the traumatic impact of COVID-19 on the global population and how expressive writing might serve to assist in the processing of this trauma. Finally, I put forth the thesis offers suggestions as to the ways expressive writing might specifically be integrated into the first-year writing classroom at the university level following the COVID-19 pandemic in order to help students both process the impact of the pandemic as well as assist in student success in the first-year writing classroom and throughout their academic careers.
Wiora, Sarah E., "The Benefits of Using Expressive Writing in the First-Year Writing Classroom During the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond" (2021). English Theses. 1.