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The Healing Power of Narrative Medicine

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Philip H. Ryan Health Science Center, East Longmeadow
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Keynote speaker: Dinty W. Moore
Panelists:  Melanie Brooks, Charles Coe, Nina Gaby, Dr. Kristina Hallett, Richard Hoffman, and Marianne Leone

Bay Path Writers’ Day: The Healing Power of Narrative Medicine for Health Care Professionals, Writers, Psychologists, and Social Workers will offer an introduction to the field of medical humanities in general and narrative medicine in particular. Participants will also have the opportunity to receive information about plans for our four-course on-line Certificate in Narrative Medicine, which will offer interdisciplinary classes in medical narratives (poetry, fiction, essays, and memoir); creative writing; the psychology of the ill; and social justice narratives.

1:00 Welcome: Suzanne Strempek Shea and Leanna James Blackwell

Suzanne Strempek Shea is Bay Path’s writer in residence and author of eleven fiction and nonfiction books including Songs From a Lead-Lined Room: Notes - High and Low - From My Journey Through Breast Cancer and Radiation.
Leanna James Blackwell, essayist, and playwright, is a professor of creative writing, director of Bay Path’s MFA in Creative Nonfiction, and a 25-year practitioner of meditation and mindfulness.

1:10 - 1:20 Introduction of Dr. Andrew Lam

Andrew Lam is a Bay Path University Board of Trustees member, retinal surgeon, and author of books including Repentance and Saving Sight: An Eye Surgeon’s Look at Life Behind the Mask and the Heroes Who Change the Way We See It.

1:20 - 2:00 Keynote address: Dinty W. Moore

Dinty W. Moore is a writer, teacher, and founding editor of the influential literary journal Brevity. He is the author of numerous books including The Mindful Writer and The Story Cure, and co-editor of the newly released Bodies of Truth: Personal Narratives on Illness, Disability, and Medicine.

2:00 - 2:15 Break

2:15 - 3:15 Panel 1: “Healing and Recovery: Narrative Practices” with Charles Coe, Dr. Kristina Hallett, and Nina Gaby

Charles Coe was Bay Path University's 2017 Commencement speaker and honorary degree recipient. Poet, teacher, and community leader, he is the author of books including the recently released Memento Mori, a meditation on mortality, loss, and change.
Dr. Kristina Hallett is associate professor in graduate psychology and the director of clinical training at Bay Path, and author of the book and companion workbook Own Best Friend: Eight Steps to a Life of Purpose, Passion and Ease.
Nina Gaby is a psychiatric nurse-practitioner specializing in addiction and trauma, and a widely published writer who writes and creates visual art related to trauma and healing.

3:15 - 3:30 - Break

3:30 - 4:30 Panel 2: "Writing Your Own Medical/Trauma Narrative: A Workshop" with Melanie Brooks, Marianne Leone, and Richard Hoffman

Richard Hoffman is a poet, essayist, and author of memoirs including Half the House and Love and Fury; senior writer in residence at Emerson College; and former chair of PEN New England.
Melanie Brooks is the writer of nationally published essays on trauma and healing and the author of Writing Hard Stories: Celebrated Memoirists Who Shaped Art From Trauma.
Marianne Leone, television and film actor, is the author of memoirs including Jesse: A Mother’s Story, about the life and untimely death of her son, a boy with cerebral palsy who loved to windsurf and write poetry; and Ma Speaks Up: And a First-Generation Daughter Talks Back.

4:30 - 4:45 Wrap-up and goodbyes


$25.00, registration is required.