Paper Title

#TrueStory: Intersections of Self and Community as Seen in Online Creative Spaces

Location

Room 214, West Center

Start Date

April 2016

End Date

April 2016

Keywords

social media, online communities, expressive writing, narrative, identity, social narratives, intersectionality, race, gender, sexuality, trauma, motherhood

Abstract

Online creative communities (including story-sharing and social media sites) can be spaces in which participants promote healing, identity exploration, and social narrative confrontation through expressive writing. By focusing on participants with marginalized identities and those who exist at intersections, we will further an understanding of how individuals use writing to explore their social and personal identities. In order to do this, we will interview participants of these communities to discuss how they use their writing to reframe their narratives, experiences, and beliefs, and how the process of sharing their writing online has impacted their understanding of themselves and the world. For our interactive panel, we will present early pilot data from our qualitative study, and invite participants to explore their own salient experiences that may impact their writing or research.

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#TrueStory: Intersections of Self and Community as Seen in Online Creative Spaces

Room 214, West Center

Online creative communities (including story-sharing and social media sites) can be spaces in which participants promote healing, identity exploration, and social narrative confrontation through expressive writing. By focusing on participants with marginalized identities and those who exist at intersections, we will further an understanding of how individuals use writing to explore their social and personal identities. In order to do this, we will interview participants of these communities to discuss how they use their writing to reframe their narratives, experiences, and beliefs, and how the process of sharing their writing online has impacted their understanding of themselves and the world. For our interactive panel, we will present early pilot data from our qualitative study, and invite participants to explore their own salient experiences that may impact their writing or research.