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Narrative Medicine: Using Writing to Heal


In this course, students will explore writing as a tool for healing. The focus is not to perfect any particular genre of writing, but to discover the compatibility of one or more forms of writing with further journeys toward healing upon which to embark. From a patient’s perspective, expressing your feelings and experiences through writing can help to confront emotions, fears and hopes. As a caregiver, the writing process may help ease the burden of stress while increasing empathy, allowing you to deliver more compassionate care.

After completing this course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify their issues of concern
  • Express that concern through writing
  • Engage in collaborative discussion, using effective observation, speaking and listening skills
  • Reflect on their concern, individually and collaboratively, in concrete ways
  • Assess and describe any change in perception of their original issues of concern

Dates: Sep 13, 2018 - Oct 18, 2018 Time: 7:00 PM
Tuition: $425.00 Instructor: Anju Kanwar Register

Lesson 1: Discovering Our Purpose
  • Understanding the role of writing
  • Clarifying expectations

Lesson 2: Art and Metaphor
  • Developing an eye for observation

  • Lesson 3: Ambiguity and Medicine
    • Whose facts are these, anyway?
    • Developing “negative capability”

    Lesson 4: Elements of Discourse
    • Purpose
    • Speaker
    • Audience
    • Form

    Lesson 5: Narratives of Illness
    • Fiction
    • Poetry

    Lesson 6: Refining Our Purpose
    • Finding our medium and voice
    • Reflection and assessment

Class Schedule

Date Times Meeting Type Location
09/13/2018 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Classroom Executive Park
09/20/2018 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Classroom Executive Park
09/27/2018 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Classroom Executive Park
10/04/2018 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Classroom Executive Park
10/11/2018 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Classroom Executive Park
10/18/2018 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Classroom Executive Park

Additional Information

Final Enrollment: Sep 13, 2018
Clock Hours: 12.0