A group of Gestalt therapy trainees and new graduates met recently in the UK to explore how we can support each other, and create "community" amongst fellow Gestalt students in the UK and abroad. One of our ideas was to CREATE A WEB-BASED JOURNAL HOSTED BY STUDENTS FOR STUDENTS and for anyone else who wants to write.
Writing for publication is inherently frightening. There's a jump between writing essays, and putting our words and experiences out into the world. One of Gestalt therapy's founders Isadore From didn't write, reputedly for fear of getting it wrong.
The field of established Gestalt writing is particularly intimidating for many; it is a field ripe with scope for introjects and negative self-comparisons, and one therefore unsurprisingly defined by a minority of voices. This is the field we have to navigate if, as new writers, we are to find our voices. A daunting task.
With this in mind we want to support new Gestalt writers:
> We want to create SAFETY by holding the conversation within a community of peers.
> We want to encourage reflection on the experience of writing and of sharing our writing.
> We want to engage with the 'dialogic' nature of writing as communitication - as process and 'unfolding' rather than aiming at truth or finality.
> We want to heighten the importance attached to the role of the reader, and explore technological innovations in real-time feedback.
AND at the same time we want to create just enough EMERGENCY through our hope that our writing will be read by a wider audience and will, in some small way, help to shape the field.
Early conversations with budding writers have suggested an appetite for experiments in community writing, in poetry and other expressive forms... reflections on the experience of developing a therapeutic practice, research, and writings grounded in phenomenology and experience.
Organisationally the Journal will be supported by a committee of volunteers. A number of people have expressed interest. We are looking for further expressions from anyone who would like to get involved, in whatever capacity, and particularly from anyone who would like to write for the first time.
Our plan is to publish a twice yearly pdf-journal (the first edition in July 2017), with an ongoing web-presence to showcase new articles and to invite feedback, comment and conversation.
The money is to pay a web-developer to create a basic WordPress site, for maintenance, and for the first year's hosting costs. We are extremely grateful for all the trust vested in us by your support.
Risks and challenges
There is a risk of not getting sufficient interest in the project from new writers. We can mitigate this risk by making the journal international and by advertising in Gestalt News & Notes, National & International Gestalt networks, using Facebook networks, and seeking support from Gestalt training institutions.
There is a further risk of not having time or support to edit to sufficient standards. This risk is weighted as 'low probability' since we have already had expressions of interest from a number of students in supporting the project, and so far have only sought interest in the UK.
As in any online publishing venture, where comments are invited in response to articles, there is a risk that unwelcome or even abusive postings may be made. To guard against this, we will ensure that all comments are vetted before being published to the website.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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