This program aims to meet the needs of healthcare practitioners already working with narrative medicine approaches in their clinical or pedagogic practice, and/or writing for themselves and looking for further mentorship and support.
“Deepening Narrative Competence – part two” seeks to enhance students’ theoretical knowledge of and practical engagement with the tools of narrative medicine. The course will begin by introducing the basic elements of literary and reflective practice and the essentials of close reading. These will be applied with greater depth as the workshop goes on, introducing more specialized writing and reading techniques, as well as editing, rewriting, and modes of publication.
We will read a selection of published works relating to health and the body, and share work written by participants in-between classes, all with the aim of honing and focusing our skills of observation, creation, and reception. Throughout, participants will be guided in discussion on the aims and practice of narrative medicine, and encouraged to find ways to apply its lessons in their own daily work, while understanding and respecting the ethical questions the work raises.
Guest speakers will visit the workshop to offer theoretical/practical/creative perspectives. This program will require in-between-session homework/readings.
The goals of this program are:
- to advance the skills of close reading and reflective and creative writing, deep reflection and listening
- to provide participants with regular reading and writing support, discussion, and mentoring
- to practice and discuss narrative medicine approaches, enhance students’ theoretical knowledge of and practical engagement with narrative medicine tools
- to enhance written communication through reviewing and discussing published work and practical exercises in storytelling and reflective writing;
- to define reflective capacity and specifying ways of assessing it in written pieces
- to deepen comfort with creativity and expression, while respecting ethical boundaries
- to offer mentorship, support and discussion of narrative medicine projects
Damian Tarnopolsky PhD
Writer, Editor, Teacher
is the author of two books: the novel Goya’s Dog, a finalist for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and the Amazon.ca First Novel Award, and the short fiction collection Lanzmann and Other Stories, which was nominated for the ReLit Award. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Toronto and has taught writing and literature at the School of Continuing Studies and Humber College. His essays and reviews have appeared in The Walrus, Atlantic Books Today, The Globe and Mail and the Toronto Review of Books (where he is also Managing Editor), and he is the proprietor of Slingsby and Dixon, an editorial services company in Toronto. He was most recently the Barbara Moon Fellow at Massey College, where he taught writing and reflection to medical students.
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