F147. Narrative Medicine: The Write Prescription

Meeting Room 4, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor
Friday, March 9, 2018
10:30 am to 11:45 am


Narrative medicine brings storytelling and writing into the realm of physical and mental health. Writing allows doctors, patients, and families to move through their experience. Writers contribute to the field leading workshops and shaping stories. Narrative medicine is also a powerful tool for marginalized and vulnerable populations. Panelists offer insights from writing and teaching in the field, including discussion of therapeutic writing and writing for advocacy and literacy development.


Heather Bryant has published short fiction and nonfiction in The Massachusetts Review, The Southeast Review, CURA, and in anthologies. A winner of the Southeast Review Narrative Nonfiction Contest, she was Emerging Writer-in-Residence at Randolph College and teaches at Pace University.

Judith Hannan is an essayist and the author of The Write Prescription and Motherhood Exaggerated. She leads workshops for those affected by illness and for high-risk populations. She mentors cancer patients, and she is a recipient of a 2015 Humanism-in-Medicine award from the Arnold P. Gold Foundation.

Lisa Weinert is passionate about powerful voices and the potential of storytelling to heal and transform lives. She has worked with authors as a publicist, editor, and agent for fifteen years and is the creator of the debut annual Program in Narrative Medicine at the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health.

Jessica Hall, LMSW, is the founder and Executive Director of Prison Writes. Jessica has over two decades experience working with marginalized and vulnerable populations and graduated with honors from the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College with a focus on community organizing.

Nellie Hermann, creative director of the Program in Narrative Medicine at Columbia University, is a graduate of Brown University and the MFA program at Columbia. She is author of two novels, The Cure for Grief and The Season of Migration, and a 2017–18 Cullman fellow at the New York Public Library.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside