Attentive Writers Conference/Workshop

‘Attentive Writers’: Healthcare, Authorship, and Authority

Medical Humanities Research Centre, University of Glasgow, 23-25 August 2013

From nurses, physicians and surgeons to administrators, caregivers, technicians, veterinarians and voluntary sector workers, this conference adopts the term ‘attentive writers’ as evocative of the multitude of both non-professional and professional caregivers – clinical and non-clinical healthcare workers – whose attention to illness might take narrative form. The study of physician-writers was one of the earliest developments in the related fields of Literature and Medicine and the Medical Humanities, with canonical figures such as Conan Doyle, Goldsmith, Keats, Smollett, and William Carlos Williams, receiving much-deserved critical attention. Echoing Rita Charon’s concept of ’attentiveness’, this conference brings this established field of enquiry regarding ‘the physician as writer’ into dialogue with recent calls for a more inclusive approach to the Medical Humanities (i.e. ‘Health Humanities’) and questions the authoritative place of the Western – traditionally male – physician in our explorations of the humanities/health interface.

The relationship between healthcare, authorship and authority will be addressed through three inter-related strands of thematic enquiry: (1) an historical and literary examination of ‘attentive writers’; (2) a more devolved interrogation of the field of Narrative Medicine; and (3) an examination of ‘attentive writing’ as creative practice.


NLN Scholarly Writing Retreat, November 2013

The National League for Nursing is sponsoring another Scholarly Writing Retreat, November 8-10, in Atlanta, GA. These retreats (three per year) are supported by Pocket Nurse and are designed for nurse faculty who have completed research or a recent innovation but have problems writing for publication. The first ever was done at UConn.

Applications are online now at:

Space is limited to about 10 participants, but NLN membership is not required.

The November retreat will be led by Dr. Leslie Nicoll, and Leslie Bloch will offer editorial support. Dr. Marilyn Oermann and Dr. Nicoll will conduct two retreats in spring 2014.

For more information, contact: Leslie Block, Managing Editor, Nursing Education Perspectives, National League for Nursing, 61 Broadway, New York, NY 10006 | Phone: 212-812-0308

Spring 2013 Narrative Medicine Workshops

Narrative Medicine Workshops 2013 SPRING WORKSHOP DATES

February 22-24, 2013  | May 3-5, 2013

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION & OBJECTIVES: These intensive workshops, reserved for 40 to 48 participants, will offer rigorous skill-building in narrative competence. Participants will learn effective techniques for attentive listening, adopting others’ perspectives, accurate representation, and reflective reasoning. Plenary sessions will focus on reconceptualizing empathy, narrative ethics, bearing witness, and illness narratives. Small group seminars will offer firsthand experience in close reading, reflective writing, and autobiographical exercises. Participants will receive a packet of readings prior to the conference that will include seminar articles in the field of narrative medicine by leading educators. You will be working closely and intimately with the founders and leaders in the field of Narrative Medicine and Inter-Professional Education.

TARGET AUDIENCE: Physicians, Nurses, Social Workers, Dentists, Mental Health Professionals, Public Health Professionals, Chaplains, Writers, Academics, Scholars, and all those interested in the intersection of narrative and medicine.

PARTICIPANTS WILL:  develop the narrative competence to nourish empathic doctor-patient relationships – learn narrative communication strategies for patient-centred and life-framed practice – build habits of reflective practice that enhance professionalism and nurture clinical communities – acquire pedagogic skills to teach methods of narrative medicine – replace isolation with affiliation, cultivate enduring collegial alliances, and reveal meaning in clinical practice Held at the Columbia University Medical Center campus, these weekends will provide opportunities for individual consultations with faculty, shared meals, informal social gatherings, and access to the cultural offerings of New York City.

WORKSHOP FACULTY (not all faculty participate in each workshop): Chris Adrian, M.D., M.Div., M.F.A. (Writer in Residence, Program in Narrative Medicine), author of The Great Night. Rita Charon, M.D., Ph.D (Executive Director of the Program in Narrative Medicine, Professor of Clinical Medicine), author of Narrative Medicine: Honoring Stories of Illness. Charlotte Friedman, M.F.A., M.A. (Director, Global Programs, Adjunct Professor, Program in Narrative Medicine) Deepthiman Gowda, M.D., M.P.H. (Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine, Columbia University Medical Center College of Physicians and Surgeons) Nellie Hermann, M.F.A. (Creative Director, Program in Narrative Medicine), author of The Cure for Grief. Alvan Ikoku, M.D., Ph.D (Assistant Professor, Division of Bioethics, Albert Einstein College of Medicine) Craig Irvine, Ph.D (Academic Director of the Program in Narrative Medicine), author of author of The Other Side of Silence: Levinas, Medicine, and Literature. Maura Spiegel, Ph.D. (Associate Director, Program in Narrative Medicine) Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature, editor of The Grim Reader: Writings on Death, Dying, and Living On. Kristen Slesar, L.C.S.W., M.S. (Narrative Medicine Faculty, Trauma-Focused Psychotherapist) TUITION: $1,000 for participants with income over $100,000/year, and $850 for income under $100,000/year (includes syllabus, meals during workshop hours, and readings). Participants are responsible for their own travel and accomodations.

ACCREDITATION: The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

DESIGNATION: The College of Physicians and Surgeons designates this live activity for a maximum of 14.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. The program has been planned and produced in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME). LOCATION: Columbia University Medical Center Hammer Health Sciences Building 701 W. 168th Street New York, NY 10032 FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:

SAMPLE WORKSHOP SCHEDULE: FRIDAY PROGRAM 2:00 Registration 2:30 Plenary Address Narrative Medicine: Methods for Improving Clinical Effectiveness 3:45 Reading “Meanness” 5:00 Small Group Seminars Clinical Cases from Narrative Medicine 6:15 Cocktail Reception SATURDAY PROGRAM 8:30 Continental Breakfast 9:00 Plenary Address Reconceptualizing Empathy 10:30 Refreshment Break 10:45 Small Group Seminars Close Reading: Training for Attentive Listening 12:15 Lunch 1:30 Plenary Address Narrative Ethics: New Clinical Approaches 3:00 Refreshment Break 3:15 Small Group Seminars Narrative Writing From Practice: Enlarging The Clinical Fund Of Knowledge Through Representation 4:45 Adjournment SUNDAY PROGRAM 8:30 Continental Breakfast 9:00 Plenary Address Writing in the clinical context and beyond 10:30 Refreshment Break 10:45 Small Group Seminars Illness Narratives: The Skills of Bearing Witness to the Suffering of Others 12:15 Lunch 1:30 Plenary Address T eaching Narrative Medicine: Curricular Development 3:00 Refreshment Break 3:15 Small Group Seminars Narrative Interviewing: How to Elicit the Full Stories of Illness 4:45 Adjournment

Publish, Don’t Perish: A Short Course in Scholarly Publication (NLN Webinar Series)

 Publish, Don’t Perish: A Short Course in Scholarly Publication (An NLN Webinar Series 2012-2013)


Taught by the leaders of the NLN Scholarly Writing Retreat

  • Leslie H. Nicoll, PhD, MBA, RN
  • Marilyn Oerman, PhD, RN, FAAN, ANEF

September 28, 3pm – 4pm ET, How to Write a Manuscript, Presenter: Marilyn H. Oermann, Introducing the process of writing for scholarly publication in nursing from idea through publication

October 19, 3pm – 4pm ET, How to Select a Journal for Your Article, Presenter: Leslie H. Nicoll, Using the “journal due diligence” process to strategically select a journal that is appropriate for your topic

November 16, 3pm – 4pm ET, Impact Factors, Presenter: Marilyn H. Oermann, Journal impact factors: how they are determined, what they mean to you as an author

January 18, 3pm – 4pm ET, The Peer Review Process, Leslie H. Nicoll, The ins and outs of peer review, including double-blind, single-blind, and open review; becoming a peer reviewer; and tips on writing helpful reviews

February 15, 3pm – 4pm ET, Writing Chapters, Marilyn H. Oermann, Guidelines for writing a chapter and the steps involved in writing a book

March 15, 3pm – 4pm ET, Ethics in Writing, Leslie H. Nicoll, Common ethical issues including authorship, plagiarism, falsification of data, retraction, repudiation, and finding errors in published works

FORMAT: To participate in an audio/web conference, you only need a computer connected to the internet with a speaker. You will hear the presentation through the speakers. Following the presentation, there will be plenty of time for questions and answers.

REGISTRATION: You may have as many faculty as you wish in a conference room, viewing the presentation (which can be projected onto a large screen). Your registration entitles you to one connection only. If your school is logged onto the web server more than once, your first connection will be terminated. Registration is limited to 100 connections. Register early! If we exceed 100 registrations, we will request that the speaker offer the conference again at a later date.

We heard your budget concerns and know that the critical shortage of faculty makes it difficult to take the time to travel to professional development events. To address these needs, NLN is instituting this new format and will offer several audio/web conferences on selected topics on a regular basis. Please let me know which topics are of most interest to you.

Full Webinar information:

Narrative Writing Weekend

The Center for Health Media & Policy (CHMP) at Hunter College in New York City is offering, as a part of its program in Narrative Writing for Health Care Professionals, TELLING STORIES, DISCOVERING VOICE: A Writing Weekend for Nurses, July 20-22, 2012, in New York City. Cosponsored with the Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing, the conference will be open to nurses, nursing faculty, nurse researchers, and nursing students, giving them an opportunity to explore the power of narrative writing. Attendees will receive 16.5 continuing education credit hours.  

The goals are to give nurses new appreciation for their individual and collective voices and new tools for sustaining their writing lives—regardless of whether their writing is scholarly or creative. In addition to taking part in writing workshops, participants will discuss the elements of a “healing narrative,” the role of narrative in medicine and nursing, and the potential for social media as a public-health tool. They’ll also receive one-on-one focus on their writing from conference faculty. The cost for the weekend is $675.

A detailed brochure is attached or you can click here for the brochure and click here to register (under Course Category/Program on the left, click on NURSING and the course description for Telling Stories, Discovering Voice: A Writing Weekend for Nurses/SEMTSDV should appear; click on Show Detail & Register on the right ).

Instructors are CHMP senior fellow Jim Stubenrauch, MFA, and poet-in-residence Joy Jacobson, MFA. They were longtime editors at the American Journal of Nursing and they now teach writing to nursing students, nursing faculty, and working nurses. Karen Roush, MS, RN, will provide a keynote address on the role of narrative in a variety of written formats: a personal essay, qualitative research, poems, a critique of research, and social commentary. She helps health professionals improve their writing through the Scholar’s Voice and is the clinical managing editor of the American Journal of Nursing and a Mary Clark Rockefeller Fellow and PhD candidate in the College of Nursing at New York University

The Center for Health, Media and Policy at Hunter College advances public conversations about health and health policy through media, research, education, and public forums. 

If you have questions,  contact: Joy Jacobson, Poet-in-Residence, Center for Health, Media, & Policy, Hunter College | Email:

NLN Scholarly Writing Retreats

NLN Scholarly Writing Retreats

  • Indiana University, Indianapolis, IN, March 9-11, 2012, Leader: Marilyn H. Oermann, PhD, RN, FAAN, ANEF,
  • San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA, March 23-25, 2012, Leader: Leslie H. Nicoll, PhD, MBA, RN, BC

Registration Fee: $850 (Registration includes tuition, meals, and two nights’ accommodation at the host site.)

Thanks to a generous five-year grant from Pocket Nurse Enterprises, Inc., the National League for Nursing and the NLN Foundation for Nursing Education are pleased to continue the expansion of the NLN Scholarly Writing Retreat, now in its fifth year. We are excited to bring the retreat to two locations: Indianapolis, at the Indiana University School of Nursing, and San Francisco, at San Francisco State University.

If you have recently completed a research study or innovative project but have not had the time to craft an article for publication, this workshop is for you. The NLN Scholarly Writing Retreat is designed to help nurse educators enhance writing skills and disseminate research findings and other work in scholarly publications. By the end of the retreat, our goal is for each participant to have a complete, edited paper ready for submission to a scholarly journal.

Marilyn H. Oermann, PhD, RN, FAAN, ANEF, professor and division chair at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing, will lead the retreat at Indiana University. Dr. Oermann has contributed to nursing education through her many books and articles that guide faculty practice. Her books include Writing for Publication in Nursing, Evaluation and Testing in Nursing Education, Clinical Teaching Strategies in Nursing, and the Annual Review of Nursing Education.

Leslie H. Nicoll, PhD, MBA, RN, BC, principal and owner of Maine Desk LLC, a provider of professional editorial services, will lead the retreat at San Francisco State University. A former associate research professor at the College of Nursing and Health Professions, University of Southern Maine, Dr. Nicoll is editor of CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing and The Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing.

Joining both Dr. Oermann and Dr. Nicoll will be Leslie Block, managing editor of Nursing Education Perspectives, the NLN’s research journal. Ms. Block was previously the managing editor of Nursing Research and senior editor of MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing.

Full information at:

 Registration is very limited and the deadline for submission is December 16, 2011. Applications emailed after that date will not be considered.

NLN’s FREE Preparing GrantsWorkshop

Attend the NLN’s FREE Technical Assistance Workshop for Preparing Grants

Designed for both novice and experienced grant seekers, this workshop provides an update on the New Jersey Nursing Initiative, a special grant program funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and programs administered by the US Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Bureau of Health Professions, Division of Nursing.

Techniques for writing successful proposals will be discussed and participants will gain a better understanding of grant-funded opportunities to support faculty development, strengthen program capacity, and enhance new technologies.

Trinitas School of Nursing, NLN Center of Excellence, 2008-2011, Elizabeth, New Jersey

April 26, 2010, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm (Funding provided by Laerdal Medical Corporation)


  • Identify funding opportunities through the Division of Nursing.
  • Understand the grant writing process.
  • Describe guidelines for preparing federal grants.
  • Apply grant writing techniques to develop a grant.


  • E. Michele Richardson, MS, BSN, RN, Director, US Department of Health and Human Services, HRSA, Bureau of Health Professions, Division of Nursing
  • Aisha Mix, MPH, MSN, RN, CCM, Lieutenant Commander, US Public Health Services, Lead Consultant, Nursing Workforce Diversity Program, HRSA
  • Susan Bakewell-Sachs, PhD, RN, APRN, BC
  • Carol Kuser Loser Dean and Professor of Nursing, School of Nursing, Health and Exercise Science, the College of New Jersey Program

This workshop is limited to 40 participants.

For more information and to register:  

The NLN offers continuing education credits for all its faculty development programs through IACET.