The Healing Art of Writing: A Conference and Writing Workshop

The Healing Art of Writing: A Conference and Writing Workshop, Dominican University of California, June 27-July 2, 2010

This conference offers a unique experience in bringing together caregivers and patients who share a passion for writing about the mysterious forces of illness and recovery. The conference fosters communication between the two worlds we are all born into, described by Susan Sontag as “the kingdom of the well and . . . the kingdom of the sick.” A belief shared among all the participants is that being cured of the disease is not the same as being healed, and that the writing of poetry and prose brings us to a place of healing. Our subject is the body, our medical experiences widely diverse, our goal to express through literature what happens when a physical or mental anguish disrupts our lives.

Tuition: $700, Housing and Meals: double room $250; single room $375 (Meal plan begins with dinner on Sunday, June 27 and ends with breakfast on Friday, July 2) Conlan Recreation Center: $8/day. You pay at the Center per use

Application fee: $25 (Partial Scholarships: A limited number of partial scholarships are available. To be considered, attach a letter describing need.)

To Apply: Applications will be considered in two categories: poetry and prose. Acceptance into the program is based on the quality of the application sample. Previous participants need not submit their work. If you are a new applicant, in addition to the application form, please send a 5-page sample of your work. Include your name in the upper right-hand corner of each page, and staple the upper left-hand corner of the manuscript. Please indicate if memoir, fiction, or poetry. Returning participants need not send work. A $25.00 nonrefundable application fee is required. Make application checks payable to The Foundation for Humanities in Medicine. All applications must be postmarked by April 30, 2010. Acceptance letters and registration materials will be mailed by May 9. All fees must be received by May 28.


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