Narrative Writing Workshop

The BUSM Narrative Writing Program (NWP): Writing from the Front Lines of Clinical Care, Education, and Research provides faculty with the opportunity to develop narrative skills and competencies through reflective writing, reading, and listening. Such narrative training fosters writing skills and professional well-being while offering a framework for establishing empathic and collaborative teams. The curriculum is designed to help faculty engage with stories and storytelling themes relevant to the daily lives of health care and sciences professionals, with the goal of coaching participants in preparing at least one piece of writing to a form suitable for submission to a peer-reviewed journal by the end of the course.

NWP Curriculum Overview

Participants

All DOM faculty (clinical, educational, and research) are eligible to apply to the NWP. Meetings are held one Thursday per month, from 4:00-6:00 pm, and are comprised of the following:

  • Experiential seminars, based on the pre-readings, involve discussions centered on writing theory and analysis of literary texts. Seminars also include spontaneous reflective writing exercises, in which participants are prompted to address significant and/or difficult experiences with patients, learners, colleagues, and/or self. Writing subsequently may be shared with the group for discussion.
  • Writing workshops, in which participants have the opportunity to read their work-in-progress narratives aloud and receive peer feedback. Workshop time also may focus on applying technical skills learned from creative/reflective writing to other forms of narrative (essays, advocacy, education-focused manuscripts, etc.).

Goals

Participants will:

  • Acquire new writing competencies and self-efficacy to generate publishable narratives.
  • Foster reflection and self-awareness for professional and personal well-being.
  • Engage more empathically with patients, learners, colleagues, and self, refining skills for listening and interpreting personal narratives.
  • Develop essential skills for effective leadership (e.g. emotional awareness, openness, compassion).
  • Learn about the importance of storytelling for career development.

 

Questions

Please contact Christy Di Frances (christyd@bu.edu).

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