As humans we tend to make sense of experience through writing and reading. In books, poems, movies, and songs, we frame our joys and sorrows in words. Since research shows that writing engenders healing, healthcare settings are an ideal place to utilize the literary arts.
AIM writers in residence encourage patients, family members, staff and medical students to explore creative expression through poetry, short essay, oral history, letters and journal entries. By sharing words, community is created. Whether patient, student or seasoned practitioner, no one is left alone in challenging terrain.
Examples of literary arts programs
- Oral Histories
- Reflective Writing for Medical Students
- Writing for the Health of It
- Bedtime Storytelling