Carnegie Writers, Inc. (CW) 4th Annual Online Writing Conference

Live on November 3, 2018

Self-Actualization through Literacy: Read, Write, Become Your Best Self. Self-actualization is defined as “an ongoing process in which people continue to stretch themselves and achieve new heights of well-being, creativity, and fulfillment” (Biography of Abraham Maslow). It is the mountain top everyone sees and aspires to reach, but how do we get there? This year’s online conference will center on literacy, the act of reading and writing, as a tool to reach the highest aspects of the self: morality, creativity, spontaneity, acceptance, meaning, purpose, and inner potential. 

In his 1943 paper, “A Theory of Motivation,” psychologist Abraham Maslow introduced his concept of the hierarchy of needs. He posited the theory that in order to reach self-actualization, the highest level of human growth, we must first move through the more basic needs he defines as physiological, safety, love and belonging, and esteem.