From the Bedside: A Safe Space for Healthcare Professionals to Write their Untold Stories.
Are you a healthcare professional with stories in your heart?
The privilege of being let into the lives of patients and clients when they are at their most vulnerable is a complicated gift. It means that as healthcare professionals we’re always navigating the delicate line between our roles as professionals and our own personhood, between the person behind the gown and the person inside it. This gives rise to all kinds of things – exhilaration, empathy, exhaustion and of course… many, many stories.
This workshop series will be a safe space for healthcare professionals of all stripes (nurses, doctors, social workers, etc) to tell those stories. Together we’ll explore how writing can be a tool for articulating the complexities of our work, expressing the pain we carry, dancing in the joy we know, and unpacking how our unique experiences of tending to the health of others has shaped us, changed us, and led us to who we are now.
Here’s how it works:
We’ll meet once a month for 2 hours and 45 minutes to write and share. Some writing will be done in class with the help of writing prompts and exercises, some will be done at home and brought in for loving feedback. We’ll go deep but we’ll also have fun, playing with genres and styles of writing that may be completely new, exploring the joy and humour in our work, and experiencing the catharsis of being in a room of people exploring similar questions.
This workshop series is perfect for healthcare professionals who:
~ Have the desire to explore their experiences through writing, even if they’ve never written before at all.
~ Are interested in getting and giving thoughtful feedback on writing in a non-judgmental, loving atmosphere.
~ Love the idea of a monthly creative date with a small group of others.
~ Are interested in exploring their own lives as writing material and sharing some of what comes up.
You can expect to leave the workshop with:
~ Lots of new, exciting writing, much of which is pulled from your journey as a healthcare provider.
~ A renewed (or brand new) sense of your writing voice and your unique gifts as a writer.
~ New friends who are on the same path.
~ A feeling of creative playfulness and possibility.
~ Creative courage.
This workshop won’t give you:
~ A chance to discuss your clinical cases. Strictest confidentiality will be maintained to ensure individual patients/clients are not discussed in a way that may identify them.
~ Strict lessons on how to write. We believe that writing naturally grows when we feel safe, inspired and nurtured, so that’s what we’ll be working on creating for each other.
~ Information about how to write for an academic or clinical audience.
~ A chance to only interact with healthcare professionals from your own discipline. An interprofessional approach and understanding will be a key part of these workshops.
8 Monday evenings on a monthly basis, 7-9:45pm – This class is FULL
September 18, October 23, November 13, December 11, January 8, February 5, March 5 and April 9 at the Firefly Studio
Facilitated by Saroo Sharda, writing coach and medical doctor.
The total fee for the 8 sessions is $495. When you sign up you’ll be asked for a $200 deposit to confirm your spot. The balance will be due two weeks before class starts. You will also have the option of breaking your balance into four monthly credit card payments of $73.75. There’s no extra fee for this service; we just like being able to offer it. To see our financial policies, click here.
Ready to take the leap?
Click here to read the Q & A about Toronto classes. If you’re still unsure, drop the lovely Bree a line and she’ll very happily answer all your questions.