College of Arts and Sciences


Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing


James Corey Latta


healing, therapy, creative writing, storytelling, fiction, writer, reader, author, relationship, therapeutic, trauma processing


Creative Writing | Psychology


What if we wrote the challenging portions of our lives as comedies or the boring parts as grand adventures? What if we recast painful experiences into creative stories that allow us to live in proximity to our circumstances and not be overwhelmed? Storytelling is how we bridge our lives with creativity as a way to heal from the past, process the present, and hope for the future. This thesis explores how the tradition of creative storytelling has evolved to enable writers and readers to uncover and connect elements of life that would otherwise be too painful to process. By bridging life events through creative writing, not only does the writer benefit from the therapeutic power of storytelling, but they also participate in building community through testimony. As readers discover shared challenges from writers who cast their experiences into the work, they find pathways to their ability to cope. Readers are then encouraged to utilize creative storytelling to discover their own journeys toward wholeness.