Writing for Wellness and Self-Care
Interactive workshops for healthcare providers, caregivers and anyone interested in daily wellness
Writing, Literary Readings, Medical Humanities - for Patients, Social Workers, Nurses and Other Healthcare Providers
As a writing teacher and keynote speaker, I've presented at three national conferences, and I served as a story coach for a regional Women's Leadership conference.
I hold a master's in English, a bachelor's in teaching, and I've received intensive training in narrative medicine from institutions such as Columbia University's Narrative Medicine Program, and the University of Cape Town Medicine and the Humanities Certificate.
I’ve also presented on writing at the Carver School of Medicine Examined Life Conference and at the Youth at Risk Conference at Salem State University.
With almost 20 years’ experience working in healthcare communications, I have extensive training in HIPAA laws, PHI identifiers, clinical boundaries and journalistic ethics.
See that last part? That's really, really important. Before we write about a loved one's illness or recovery, we must ask ourselves: "Who has the right to tell this story?" As writers, we must apply a ‘do-no-harm’ ethos.
Email me to discuss what topic or workshop series may be suitable for you or your group.
See my complete profile at the New England Foundation for the Arts Creative Ground page.
Narrative Medicine: Some Ready-to-go Writing Workshop Topics
Writing for Health and Self-Care – Journaling, micro essays and other wellness writing. Includes a short review of the evidence-based research on the link between writing and wellness. We include some opportunities for participant writing and tips for getting published.
Writing The Personal Essay - Learn the craft of penning a personal essay that tells your first-person story and also makes a universal point about our shared humanity. Primarily a craft or ‘how-to’ workshop, this also offers a chance for readings, discussion, peer review.
Opinion Writing for Advocacy Organizations - How to write opinion essays, Op-Eds and other advocacy narratives for healthcare, immigrant rights and social service clinicians and executive leaders of small non-profits.
Note: I will offer this opinion writing workshop pro-bono (no fee) to organizations that support or advocate for immigrant or refugee rights in the USA. Contact me to set up your free staff development workshop.
Just the Facts, Ma'am: Truth, lies and ethics in writing the personal or memoir essay - How much do we reveal about ourselves? How much do we withhold? How much can we ever write about our family, friends or ourselves? This workshop will attempt to answer these questions and empower writers to apply interesting and ethical nonfiction.
Email me to set up a consultation or to discuss a workshop for your organization or wellness conference. Responses within 48 hours.