Creating Space 11: The Edit. Call for Abstracts

Call for Abstracts for Canada’s Annual Health Humanities Meeting – CREATING SPACE

Dear Colleagues,

The Creating Space 11 Conference Planning Committee, based in St. John’s Newfoundland and Labrador, is pleased to announce the call for abstracts.  Please see attached for details.

Call for abstracts Creating Space 11 – English

Tom Rosenal



The Gould Standard Podcast from the Glenn Gould Foundation

One of our Health, Arts and Humanities Program  Community Partners-THE GLENN GOULD FOUNDATION – is offering free podcasts on music and the arts.

You can find the current episodes here:
Episodes to date:
Ep. 1 & 2: Petula Clark
Ep. 2: Cory Doctorow
Ep. 4: Nyla Innuksuk
Ep. 5: Chilly Gonzales
Ep. 6: Tatiana Maslany

These can also be found with all the major podcast platforms such as Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Stitcher.  In addition to the full-length audio podcasts (which as you’ll see are quite in-depth conversations), people can experience just a quick sampling in the form of brief audiograms on our Youtube channel:

The Gould Standard is a new, free-form conversational
podcast about the arts, culture, and contemporary society. We talk with artistic heroes  working to create a more inclusive and mindful world, hear their incredible
stories, and get to know what makes them tick.
The inspiration for the podcast is Glenn Gould and his legend,
which continues to resonate globally today.We are delighted to explore the lives, passions and works of our guests.
Our featured guests are leaders in a wide range of fields,
nationalities, and lived experience, including musical composers and performers, painters, poets, filmmakers, actors, dancers, broadcasters, and more.
Brian M. Levine
Executive Director
The Glenn Gould Foundation
69 Yonge Street, Suite 1401
Toronto, ON
M5E 1K3 Canada

T: +1 416 962-6200
@GlennGouldFndn on Twitter

Plums in the Icebox

Plums in the Icebox:

A Monthly Creative Writing Workshop for Health Practitioners 

Hosted by :

Shane Neilson MD, PHD  Assistant Clinical Professor (Adjunct), McMaster University, and Damian Tarnopolsky PhD, Writer-in-Residence, Health, Arts and Humanities Program, University of Toronto


Offered via Zoom. Last Wednesday of the month, 6pm-8pm, January-June 2021

Fee of C$200 for six sessions.

Plums in the Icebox is an ongoing creative writing workshop for health practitioners. Each month we meet via Zoom in a small group to share work, do some writing, give some feedback and -most of all- reconnect with our writing and reading. In between meetings we do more of the same via chat. Led by an acclaimed poet who is a practicing family physician and a novelist and playwright with long experience teaching narrative medicine, Plums in the Icebox is a supportive community for health practitioners looking to deepen and improve their creative and reflective writing. The ethos is craft-based. The approach is collaborative. The style is informal. But the stakes are high.

For more information visit:

To apply: please send a brief message to the organizers at outlining your interest in the workshop and telling us a little about your writing background and healthcare affiliation. We’ll be in touch shortly. Our first session of the new year is Wednesday January 27th, 6pm-8pm EST. Sorry: scholarships, reduced rates, bursaries, subventions, and the like are not currently available.

Plums in the Icebox

Narrative-Based Medicine – Certificate Program-University of Toronto 🗓

Narrative-Based Medicine – Certificate Program
Register today to get started on January 21, 2021

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Using Storytelling to Transform Healthcare

The narratives that patients and practitioners construct together can affect the nature and meaning of health events. Understanding how to listen, give voice to experience, and integrate insights gained from reflection can improve patient care and practitioner fulfillment. Learn these essential skills in CPD’s Narrative-Based Medicine certificate program.

The only certificate of its kind in Canada, this unique program trains participants in narrative-based medicine skills: close reading, reflective writing, listening and communication skills.

In 8 sessions held over 6 months, participants will:

  • Develop reflective and creative writing skills through tailored practical exercises
  • Gain one-on-one editing, guidance, and mentorship from a prize-winning author
  • Cover the theory and practice of narrative-based medicine through expert guest speakers and readings
  • Engage in a small group seminar format which encourages interaction, collaboration and teamwork

Upon completion of the program, participants will be better equipped to work with stories of all kinds to positively impact their fulfillment and patient care.

Review the program website for complete details and register to get started on January 21, 2021.

[Learn more and Register]

CPD Continuing Professional Development

Palette Issue IV: Call for Submissions

Please see this call for submissions for Palette, UofT Medicine’s arts and culture magazine from Sheila Yu , Editor-in-Chief, Palette Magazine 

Palette Call for Submissions – Deadline Extended to November 29th, 2020 at 11:59 pm

Palette is currently accepting submissions for Issue IV of Palette, UofT Medicine’s arts and culture magazine. If you are interested in having your work included in our next issue, please send your submissions to by Sunday November 29th at 11:59pm! 

Kindly let us know in your email if you would like to be published anonymously.

Categories of accepted work include:

  • Visual arts
  • Creative writing
  • Performance arts
  • Lifestyle 

If you have books, podcasts, recipes, workouts, or other recommendations, please share them with us here:

Please refer to our submission guidelines for more information:

Love, the Palette Team 💕

Representations of Pain: An Online Exhibition and Event

From the Liberal Arts College, Concordia University (Montreal) :

We are thrilled to invite you to the launch of our interactive online installation, Representations of Pain, which interrogates representations and expands definitions of pain through a variety of media, from fine arts to the sciences. Curated by Thalia Stefaniuk, designed by Michael Ferrier, and based on Ariela Freedman’s research on pain and representation, this digital exhibition and event explores the many ways in which artists imagine and explore pain, grief, and suffering.

The work of Quinlan Deer, Jane Eyre Jordans, Christeen Francis, Alec Gandy, Cat Prince, Ms. Teri, Valentine Abraham, Anne Isabelle Leonard, Claire Ellen Paquet, Daniel Almeida, and Amanda Brown varies in subject and medium, but each one grapples with the language of pain, the articulation of suffering in body, mind, and culture, and the moments of relief provided by fantasy, beauty, and empathy. Explore the artists; attend the symposium; participate in an interactive performance. See the poster attached for dates and register for our symposium on the home page, and for interactive performances on Valentine Abraham and Anne Isabelle Leonard’s artist pages.

In this moment of pandemic anxiety and political reckoning, as we isolate from one another in a global time of suffering, and struggle to come together for social change, our hope is this exhibition will provide beauty, community and solace.

Follow us on instagram for updates.


Thalia Stefaniuk
Michael Ferrier
Ariela Freedman

HeNReG 2020-21 Virtual meetings starting in October

Health Narratives Research Group 2020-21/ Virtual Meetings Starting in October

Invitation From Carol Nash PHD :

The HeNReG meets weekly on Wednesdays, between the first week in October and the last week in April. There is a natural break at the end of the calendar year and new members often join in January.

The Health Narratives Research Group (HeNReG) allows researchers the opportunity to take the personally relevant stories that initiated their commitment to health care and develop them into narratives with a particular point of view. The process includes both personal reflection and the willingness to share one’s story and gain additional insights from the rest of the group.

The HeNReG is a voluntary, non-credit group, free of charge, open to any member of the university community interested in health care. Diversity of membership is both supported and encouraged.

Participants may develop their narrative into a piece for publication in either written (e.g. memoir, poem) or alternative format (e.g. graphic novelization).

As a result of COVID-19 limitations, meetings now take place entirely online over a hybrid-model, private Facebook group platform.  Created by Dr. Nash, the private Facebook group includes all members of the 2020/21 HeNReG.  To participate, potential members require:  a Facebook account, to “friend” Dr. Nash, and be willing to join this private Facebook group.

Participants can join anytime by contacting Dr. Nash at

The HeNReG is facilitated by philosopher of education Dr. Carol Nash, who as Scholar in Residence in the History of Medicine created this process for developing narrative in 2012 in collaboration with Professor Edward Shorter, the Hannah Chair in the History of Medicine. Since 2015, the group has been supported by the Health Arts and Humanities Program directed by Dr. Allan Peterkin.  From 2015-2020, the group’s meetings occurred in the Department of Psychiatry at the Mount Sinai Hospital.

COVID & Ethics Series: links to videos of 4 webinars

From Dr Robert Klitzman,

Joseph Mailman School of Public Health

Four  online lectures on Bioethics and Covid 19 in the US

Free Lecture Series: Intersections of Race, Class, and Health

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

I am delighted to share details about a virtual lecture series that I have organized over this new academic year.  All of the presentations are open and free, but there is a separate rsvp link for each.  I will send along that information as we move through time and space.

Please share with others, especially your students.


Dr. Tess Jones

SAVE THE DATES for this year-long lecture series on Mondays at noon.

RSVP for our first presentation by Dr. Damon Tweedy, MD on October 19th.

Download flyer>>


Our students from the ARTBEAT HEALTH HUMANITIES BLOG and  the SYNESTHESIA ART CLUB have curated a wonderful art exhibit, now available to view online.

Creative expression has flourished in these challenging times  and SYNESTHESIA now helps us launch into a new academic term.

SYNESTHESIA  is an annual event which showcases multi-media  works from students, staff , faculty and alumni from all clinical disciplines and departments in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto .

Here is the link to the virtual exhibit: