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Hot Topics in Creative Nonfiction: Narrative Medicine and the Art of the Medical Memoir

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Acclaimed writer and Bay Path University MFA founder Suzanne Strempek Shea talks in depth with MFA graduate and author Meredith O'Brien G'17 about her new medical memoir, Uncomfortably Numb. Described by reviewers as "riveting," "moving," and "a triumphant story of determination and resiliency," the memoir details O'Brien's multiple sclerosis diagnosis and her struggle to maintain her life as a journalist, teacher, and mother. Free and open to the public, this one-hour webinar is part of a series of talks on the topic of narrative medicine - a growing discipline of medical and trauma writing that forms the focus of Bay Path's new, four-course certificate program starting in January 2021. Note: The last fifteen minutes of the webinar will be open to questions from participants. Please join us!

About Meredith O’Brien, MFA G‘17:
A former newspaper and investigative journalist, Meredith O’Brien has had four books published, including her recent memoir, Uncomfortably Numb. Her previous book, Mr. Clark’s Big Band, won an Independent Publisher Book Award. She teaches journalism at Northeastern University in Boston where she also serves as a writing coach.