Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science


Creative Writing

First Advisor

Carolyn Scott

Second Advisor

John Tieman

Third Advisor

K. Curtis Lyle


The introduction to this project, entitled "The Value of Writing," discusses the author's experience of writing, both in her personal life and her career as a writing teacher. The main focus is on writing that is done on a regular basis, as with keeping a journal or diary, and how that activity can lead to emotional, psychological and spiritual growth. Research includes opinions from many prominent writers and teachers of writing about the value of writing in general. The remainder of the project includes samples of the author's short stories, personal narratives and essays, and poetry, which she believes have developed as a result of her continuing experience with personal writing.