Damian Tarnopolsky appointed the Barbara Moon/ Ars Medica Editorial Fellow at Massey College for 2016-2017

We are pleased to announce the appointment of writer, editor and teacher Damian Tarnopolsky as the 2016/17 Barbara Moon/Ars Medica Editorial Fellow at Massey College.

The Editorial Fellow leads a creative writing seminar for students in medicine, nursing, or any of the allied health disciplines at the University of Toronto. The workshop explores writing and reflecting on narratives as a way to improve therapeutic relationships for health practitioners and patients. The Fellow also serves as “editor-in -residence” at Massey College, offering editing consultation and writing mentorship to residents and fellows of the College.

Damian Tarnopolsky previously served as the Barbara Moon/Ars Medica Editorial Fellow in 2014-15. He 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, Humber College and the Junction Writes workshop. A former editor at Random House of Canada, he is the proprietor of Slingsby and Dixon, an editorial services company in Toronto, and Managing Editor of the Toronto Review of Books.

Now entering its sixth year, the Barbara Moon/Ars Medica Editorial Fellowship was established by journalist Wynne Thomas in memory of his wife, Barbara Moon, one of Canada’s  most celebrated editors. It is jointly supported by Massey College and by the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto.

The Storytelling initiative is an ongoing collaboration between Massey College and Ars Medica – A Journal of Medicine, The Arts and Humanities, in conjunction with the University of Toronto Health, Arts and Humanities Program. We thank the Faculty of Medicine and Massey College for their ongoing support of this innovative, inter-professional initiative.

A call for student applications to enter the workshop will follow.


Allan Peterkin MD, Professor of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, Senior Fellow, Massey College

Hugh Segal, Master of Massey College