Bibliotherapy, or the therapy and healing that can be gained through reading books, has existed in one form or another for centuries. The genre of fantasy has existed for a far smaller amount of time, but it is a dynamic and largely unexplored avenue of research for current and future investigations into bibliotherapy. This exegesis and the accompanying creative artefact, ‘The Course’, explore the processes of writing and reading bibliotherapy, as well as the positive links that exist between bibliotherapy and the fantasy genre. With a significant lack of research into the creation of bibliotherapeutic works of fiction, and little to no investigation into the potential that genre fiction – and fantasy in particular – has to perform bibliotherapeutically, ‘The Course’ aids in the development of a greater level of accessibility for readers, and a new approach to the utilisation of bibliotherapy.
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Submitted in the fulfilment of the requirements of the degree of Doctor of Creative Arts, University of the Sunshine Coast, 2016.