I'm writing a memoir about playing golf with my father the summer before he died. In order to write effectively about what happened that year, the book requires me to look deep within myself at my motives and intentions. Writing may not be therapy, but it certainly is therapeutic.
The folks at Goddard College have also discovered the healing power of the pen. They've created a Master's Degree program in Transformative Language Arts. "TLA students help to create and shape the field of social and personal transformation through the written, spoken and sung word," the Goddard website explains.
Warning: If my memoir doesn't sell or if I can't stand the critiquing process in MFA school (I start in July), maybe I'll become a writing therapist! Imagine my logo: A quill pen in an ink stand with the words, "Fight writer's block with writing!" emblazened on the top.
Then again, I'd better just get back to writing. Pass the bum glue.