Fostering Narrative Competence will focus on developing the skills of close reading and reflective and creative writing through discussion of published work, sharing student writing in a guided, workshop setting, and a selection of writing and creativity exercises. The course is open to writers at all levels interested in working in a variety of genres (fiction, memoir, poetry , drama, non-fiction, etc.).
The art of telling - and listening to - stories is fundamental to what it means to be human. Storytelling is a craft that can be developed with practice.
Narrative medicine, both in medical practice and education, is practiced with a focus on the skills of communication and collaboration which are essential to positive health outcomes. Learning how to write and reflect on narratives will give you a powerful ability to build therapeutic and collegial relationships, improve patient outcomes, and live and work in a more reflective and engaged way.
This program will introduce the theory and practice of Narrative-Based Medicine through a variety of practical activities and discussion. Participants will be guided through in-class exercises in close reading, close listening, and creative and reflective writing. We will also create and share written work to enhance participants’ comfort with expression, communication, and feedback. As well as discussing the goals and benefits of narrative medicine, class discussion will return to the questions raised by the participants’ clinical and educational practice with the aim of enhancing narrative competence in working life.
Please note that program is not purely a writing course. Its curriculum is designed with a focus on health humanities and narrative medicine, and includes reflection and communication using close reading and writing.
This new program, consisting of six, two hour sessions, will meet the needs of healthcare clinicians and educators coming to narrative medicine for the first time. There will be little or no homework/readings for this program.Full Details
Registration is now open until December 14, 2018. There is an associated registration fee of $700. A maximum of 15 participants will be accepted into the program on a first come, first served basis.
Healthcare practitioners who have experience with narrative medicine and writing.
Completion of Introducing Narrative-Based Medicine (part 1), Fostering Narrative Competence,* or by application.
*For those who completed Fostering Narrative Competence, please note: some of the material in this Part 2 program would be similar to what was covered in Fostering. However, each group of students is different and with this work, there is a benefit to repeating some things, but there will be some overlap of content and readings.
The pre-requisites for the Deepening program are either Introducing Narrative-Based Medicine – Part One or Fostering Narrative Competence.
If you have not completed either of the above programs, but have experience in writing and health humanities, we welcome your application.
Please provide us with a statement of interest including the following information, minimum of 350 words.
Email your application with your Full Name and Statement of Interest to FriesenF@smh.ca.
The application will be passed on to Damian Tarnopolsky (program leader) for review.
Applications are reviewed on a first-come, first served basis. The deadline to apply is December 14, 2018.