ARS MEDICA: A Journal of Medicine, The Arts and Humanities  and MASSEY COLLEGE invite applications for THE STORYTELLING WORKSHOPS with the  BARBARA MOON EDITORIAL FELLOW, DAMIAN TARNOPOLSKY PHD SUBMISSION DEADLINE: June 30, 2016  WORKSHOPS BEGIN SEPTEMBER 2016 and run for 10 weeks The art of telling – and listening to – stories is fundamental to what it means to be human.  If you are a student in medicine, nursing or any of the allied health professions, learning how to write and reflect on  narratives will give you a powerful ability to  build therapeutic and collegial relationships.

The act of storytelling is a craft that can be developed with practice. Each of us can develop our own individual style and develop our unique voice in the writing genre of our choice. The Storytelling Workshop will introduce you to the art of telling stories and help you find your own approach to practicing this craft.

WHO CAN APPLY? This series of 10 weekly evening workshops will center on developing storytelling, narrative competence and written communication abilities, in a relaxed, supportive  setting. A small inter-professional group of University of Toronto students from dentistry, medical radiation science, medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, pharmacy, physiotherapy, physician assistants, and social work speech pathology will be selected for the opportunity to enhance their skills through writing, editing and focused discussions. Trainees not yet in full-time independent professional practice, including residents, Fellows, Masters and doctoral students  are also welcome to apply. Students from arts and humanities disciplines are most welcome to apply if they have an interest in further developing the health humanities /medical humanities field here at the University of Toronto.

GOAL: We encourage workshop participants to craft at least one piece of poetry, fiction, memoir or creative non-fiction for submission  to ARS MEDICA:  A Journal of Medicine, Health and the Humanities  ( by the end of the seminar. ARS MEDICA actively recruits creative writing by  students and trainees across healthcare disciplines.

SUBMISSION PROCESS: Please write a 500-1000 word personal essay, poem or story, on any subject you choose. Send your submission as a PDF or Word document to by June 30, 2016. Please indicate which faculty you belong to and your year of study. FACULTY: Moon Fellow BIO

Damian Tarnopolsky is the author of two books: the novel Goya’s Dog, a finalist for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and the 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. He is the proprietor of Slingsby and Dixon, an editorial services company in Toronto, a former editor at Random House of Canada, and Managing Editor of the Toronto Review of Books. He previously served as the Barbara Moon/Ars Medica Editorial Fellow in 2014-15.

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 ( and was created with the help of the  estate of Ms. Barbara Moon. Ongoing funding from the Faculty of Medicine and Massey College have kept this wonderful inter-professional initiative alive at no cost to participants.