Workshops and Talks


Grand Rounds Talk    Eastern Carolina Brody School of Medicine October 18 12:30 p.m. "A Story of Loving a Patient: Narrative Healthcare and the Difficult Spaces."

LIFE @ Western Carolina University October 30 in Cullowhee and November 1 in Biltmore Park. "Writing Our Way Into Life"


Money Stories: the Soul of Spending

October 20, 2018

2 p.m. -4 p.m.

Lenoir-Rhyne Asheville

36 Montford Avenue



                  WRITING OUR WITNESS:

Using Creative Writing to Alleviate Stress and Create New Coping Stories


2 p.m. -4 p.m.

Online Zoom Link



We also don't tell ourselves the truths about our own health and lives. We can bury our symptoms and even our diagnosis under layers of denial. In doing so we miss the opportunities to learn from illness and disability, and even death. Being resilient does not mean being silent--quite the opposite. Resilience emerges from naming our vulnerabilities and limitations. It is transformative and unpredictable. Writing prepares us to become our own "new, blank pages" upon which the meanings and lessons of change can write.
Witnessing is an art whose value we learn most of all when we witness ourselves by writing our own stories. Once we cease abandoning ourselves, we learn the power of staying present with our wounded self and walking in wholeness. Healing does not mean change or cure. It does mean discovery and deepening, meaning-seeking, and presence with what has happened and what is happening. In our escapes from our bodies' stories, we miss our own. This ceases when we stop to bear witness to our own stories. We then can stand in witness to the stories of others.
 For many, the art of poetry is strange. In a healing context, it is the language for falling apart and coming together in a new way. Poetry is the language of changing, or crisis--those times when what made sense before ceases to make sense, yet all the pieces of the whole are still there, just very differently arranged. Poetry is an act of faith that even when you can't make sense of what is happening, you can do something. At such times, this feeling can save a life.
These and other thoughts comprise our reflections in Narrative Healthcare.
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