Bibliography project: first edition (Le Coin Bleu)

Headed by Aude Lafait (Le Coin Bleu), this project searches for compiling a list of books  that could actually provide a wide assort for teachers, researchers and students dealing with the Creative Writing domain. Through the subsequent editions, our contributors will briefly review those publications that they consider to be capital within their own languages by pointing out its relevance as a bibliographical source. Additional and useful information will be also included regarding publishing houses, year of edition and prices. Our Belgian colleagues from Le Coin Bleu (Bruxelles) have taken care of the first edition of this initiative


  • Ateliers d’écriture thérapeutiques, Nayla Chidiac, éd. Masson, 2013, 22p., 30 €

nayda-chiracThe author Nayla Chidiac starts recalling the historical background of therapeutic writing before proposing some prompts that can be used in psychiatric hospitals (oulipo exercises, haïkus, building characters and places, writing a letter, etc). She mentions specific clinical cases and different situations that can occur once a psychiatric patient is admitted in a therapeutic writing program. She points out 10 important basic rules to bear in mind while teaching therapeutic writing. A good book to start working as a therapeutic writing teacher.



  • Atelier d’écriture et personnes âgées, Monique Janvier, éd. Chronique sociale, 2013, 16 p., 13 €

monique-janvierThis book will help you overview what can therapeutic writing be in a nursing home, where some of the patients are affected by Alzheimer disease, senile dementia, psychosis, etc. How do they face a totally different life environment? The author, Monique Janvier, uses predominantly reminiscence to work with the patients. She mostly explores hearing prompts with them (for example, Cd of sea melody, bells ringing, etc.) in order to recall their own memories faded away with time. She underlines the importance of stimulating the five senses, provoking emotions with images and pictures, proposing simple and playful prompts as well as making links between the workshops. It’s, as she says, giving back meaning to people in great suffering.


  •  Devenir écrivain, Alain André, Ed. Leduc, 2007 and Babel Heureuse, Alpeh, Alain André, 1990

alain-andreA large part of our teachers have been trained in Aleph, Paris. Therefore, Le Coin Bleu remains attached to the specificity of this training. Adapted, transformed, it continues to nourish our teaching practice today. Without repeating here the summary of Alain André’s books, Babel Heureuse ou Devenir écrivain, we woud like to point out the diversity of the prompts and its precision – it also gives a lot of indication about the progression of the curriculum. These books provide actual soil for thinking and a solid basis to design a writing curriculum. Devenir écrivain is especially useful in more advanced groups when it comes down to develop longer and personal texts.


  • Reading like a writer, Francine Prose, Editions Harper Collins, 2006

francis-proseThis is not another American book on Creative writing. We selected it because it is singular in form and in substance. Francine Prose, novelist, essayist and professor of Creative writing, invites us to discover the technique of “close reading” in order to unveil writers’ techniques. This book is built into 11 chapters, from the smallest to the largest common denominator of writing: words, sentences, paragraphs, narrations, characters, dialogue, details, structure.  We also like the last one : «Read to take courage». Francine Prose encourages readers to slow down and pay attention to the words, the material in which literature is cut, and reminds us that good writers are often attentive readers.


  • Ecrire et faire écrire, Eva Kavian, de Boeck, 2007

eva-kThe author established in Belgium a writing workshop with a pragmatic personal method. Her approach to Creative writing is detailed in the first part of her book. This is well-crafted golden mine for prompts, running quickly and adapted to all levels. Tools for those experimenting the teacher’s block (it happens!). The book shows how to teach creative autobiography, offers very rich mosaics prompts and lists of situations. It helps to teach the narrative techniques in a playful way. The prompts are illustrated by Belgian authors.