“Life is made up of small, good things, things we often miss. They happen behind the scenes every day. If we tell these stories, the world in general, and the world of healthcare, can be a very different place.” – A pharmacist who took this workshop
Literature and medicine can come together through story to expand our perspectives and to promote increased awareness of cultures and caregiving. When we explore our own and others’ experiences within the context of healthcare, we enhance relationships and find compassion as we embrace a heightened sense of humanity. Whether stories are by published authors or ourselves, they enrich the way we live, and the way we face illness. Through prose and poetry, we explore the narratives of people holistically, with compassion and in a spirit of exploration about how health care affects lives beyond hospitals and institutions.
This workshop involves reading works by physician writers like Atul Gawande, Danielle Ofri, Chekov, William Carlos Williams, Oliver Sacks and others, as well as works by lesser known writers who are nurses and allied health professionals, along with fiction writers of note. We will discuss their works, and write some of our own. Come prepared to be moved, inspired, and motivated to share your own healthcare related stories.
Class meets Wednesdays, May 15, 22, 29, June 5.
Elayne Clift, a Vermont Humanities Council Scholar, is an award-winning writer and journalist whose work appears in numerous publications internationally. A regular columnist for the Keene Sentinel and the Brattleboro Commons, a book reviewer for the New York Journal of Books, and a regular contributor to Vermont Woman, her work has appeared in the Boston Globe, Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor, and Chronicle of Higher Education, among other publications. Senior correspondent for the India-based syndicate Women’s Feature Service, she published her first novel, Hester’s Daughters, based on The Scarlet Letter, in 2012. Her latest book of short stories, Children of the Chalet, won First Prize/Fiction 2014 from Greyden Press, published in 2015.