I'm not exactly sure if this will be useful to you, but in the 1960s and
1970s American feminist movement, consciousness raising groups were formed
across the country for women (primarily) to gather and discuss ways in which
they could identify and respond to patriarchal oppression. No doubt there
was a similar movement in Canada, though I can't say for sure.
In many ways, these groups did the things you mention (creation of safe
spaces, renegotiation of values, facilitation of sharing, etc.) in ways that
were viewed as quite radical. Though not explicitly about writing or
writing development, many consciousness raising groups did produce written
work (The S.C.U.M. Manifesto, for example).
All this is a long way of saying, it might be a movement you want to look
into to see if it gives you a theoretical frame to view your work through.
The Wikipedia page (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Consciousness_raising) is
actually quite good as a starting point, and Barbara Crow (*Radical
Feminism: A Reader*) and Joy Ritchie and Kate Ronald (*Available Means: An
Anthology of Women's Rhetoric(s)*) have amassed some sources that might be
worth looking at if you decide it's an avenue you'd like to travel.
Arizona State University
On Thu, Mar 26, 2009 at 10:56 AM, Victoria Littman <
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> I am looking for suggestions on some research. I'm co-facilitating a
> women's writing support group for students registered with accessibility
> services. We're using a workshop/support group format that includes free
> writing with and without prompts, academic writing time, and sharing of
> academic writing for response along with talk and support for each of these
> I'm presenting at STLHE but I'm also fascinated about how the gender
> specific writing support group is helping these women feel safe to explore
> their writing and writing issues and how in the process they may be
> renegotiating how they experience and think about disability.
> Anybody got ideas about feminist composition projects that I should look at
> or relevant critical disabilities research that might help. Suggestions and
> advice on research sources or similar projects would be really appreciated!
> Thanks in advance,
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