ARS MEDICA and MASSEY COLLEGE invite student applications for :
THE STORYTELLING WORKSHOPS
with the 2015 BARBARA MOON EDITING FELLOW, Ann Silversides
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: July 31st, 2015
WORKSHOPS BEGIN SEPTEMBER 2015
The art of telling – and listening to – stories is fundamental to what it means to be human. Stories bring pleasure, but their utility extends far beyond that enjoyment. If you are a student in medicine, nursing or any of the allied health professions, learning how to communicate through writing and reflecting on focused narratives can be a powerful tool in building therapeutic and collegial relationships.
The act of storytelling is a skill that can be developed. It does take practice though. There is no “right” way to tell a story, but each of us can develop our own individual style and develop our unique voice in the writing genre of our choice.
WHO CAN APPLY?
This series of 12 weekly evening workshops will center on developing storytelling, narrative competence and written communication abilities, in a relaxed 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 independent professional practice, including residents, Fellows, Masters and Doctoral students are also welcome to apply.
GOAL: We encourage workshop participants to craft at least one piece of poetry, fiction, memoir or creative non-fiction for submission to ARS MEDICA (www.ars-medica.ca) by the end of the seminar. ARS MEDICA actively recruits creative writing by students and trainees across healthcare disciplines.
Please write a 500-1000 word personal essay, poem or story, on any subject you choose. Send your submission as a Word document to : firstname.lastname@example.org by July 31, 2015. Please indicate which faculty you belong to and your year of study.
WORKSHOP FACULTY: ANN SILVERSIDES
We are pleased to announce the appointment of journalist, editor and educator Ann Silversides as the 2015/16 Barbara Moon/ Ars Medica Editor In Residence Fellow at Massey College, University of Toronto. Ann is uniquely qualified to meet the tri-fold demands of this Fellowship which entails providing a writing seminar for students selected from all eleven clinical disciplines at the University of Toronto, coordinating and moderating a panel discussion on health care and literature hosted by Massey College for a wider community, and making a contribution to the author mentoring program for all residents of Massey College. Silverside’s extensive career as a journalist specializing in health and medical issues includes winning a Gold Medal in the National Magazine Awards 2014 for her article on OxyContin-related deaths in Ontario, two CIHR health journalism awards, being a contributor to the CBC radio program IDEAS, and holding an Atkinson foundation Fellowship in Public Policy Journalism.
The Storytelling initiative is an ongoing collaboration between Massey College and Ars Medica – A Journal of Medicine, The Arts and Humanities (www.ars-medica.ca<http://www.ars-medica.ca/>), in conjunction with the University of Toronto Health, Arts and Humanities Program (www.health-humanities.com<http://www.health-humanities.com/>). We thank the Faculty of Medicine and Wynne Thomas and the estate of Barbara Moon for their ongoing support of this innovative, inter-professional initiative.
Allan Peterkin MD
Professor of Psychiatry,Universsity of Toronto
Senior Fellow, Massey College