First Advisor

Palmer, Daryl

Thesis Committee Member(s)

Hicks, David


Regis College

Degree Name



Regis College Senior Honors Program

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Number of Pages

97 pages


This thesis, a collection of creative nonfiction essays, explores the ways in which writing can be used to confront traumatic memory and-find healing. The essays range from stories of growing up on Bainbridge Island, the chronicle of a backpacking trip through South America, and memories from a summer spent working on a farm. As the introduction of the thesis explains:

"In the opening lines of her acclaimed collection of essays, The White Album, Joan Didion tells us that "we tell ourselves stories in order to live." This line is as much the reason why to this thesis as any other explanation I could come up with. We tell stories - to ourselves and to others - in order to live, and in order to live better. That is the sum result of this writing project. That I had stories to sort through and make sense of and share. That I had a desire, and still do, to live and live better."

Date of Award

Spring 2014

Location (Creation)

Colorado (state); Denver (county); Denver (inhabited place)

Rights Statement

All content in this Collection is owned by and subject to the exclusive control of Regis University and the authors of the materials. It is available only for research purposes and may not be used in violation of copyright laws or for unlawful purposes. The materials may not be downloaded in whole or in part without permission of the copyright holder or as otherwise authorized in the “fair use” standards of the U.S. copyright laws and regulations.