In his essay “The Creative Self,” neurologist and writer Oliver Sacks describes storytelling as a “fundamental way of making sense of our world.” This creative writing workshop will allow Harris Health and affiliated medical school employees an opportunity to discover the insights that come from shaping their own narratives and encountering the narratives of others. Class members will continually have the chance to share work and receive feedback from both the professor and peers. Through its workshop format, this course will strengthen active listening and close reading skills as well. Each week’s meetings will contain generative prompts (i.e. prompts that lead directly into in-class writing, guaranteeing we all produce work no matter how busy our life outside the class is), thought-provoking essays and relevant craft/technique readings from classic and contemporary literature. The goal, ultimately, is to use our writing and reading as a vehicle for improved wellness, empathy, communication, and connection. All levels of writing experience are welcome. Please do think you must consider yourself “a writer” to join. A writer is merely someone who writes. Prior creative writing experience is not necessary.
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