Advanced Creative and Reflective Writing Workshop for Health Practitioners

Starts November 3rd 2022

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Guided creative writing sessions for health professionals


This four-session series is designed for writers with some experience seeking to improve their creative and reflective writing skills. Each session will focus on a particular literary genre (e.g. memoir, fiction, poetry) and feature brief lecture, small group discussion of published work, and an ongoing conversation about themes and questions in creative and reflective writing within the health humanities. Activities and exercises in every session will offer participants a space to write, read, try out new methods and approaches for prose and poetry, give each other feedback, and share and hone work with peers in a safe and encouraging environment. Offered via Zoom, sessions last 2.5 hours and take place every two weeks; in between, an online forum will allow for continued collaboration and connection.

Program Goal

To improve participants’ creative and reflective and writing and literary responsiveness in the NBM context.

Learning Objectives

  • Ideally, after active engagement with the program participants will be better able to express themselves creatively and reflectively.
  • They will have experienced detailed and guided exposure to published work discussed in such a way as to enhance their appreciation of its composition and to give them ideas and approaches to use in their own writing.
  • They will have given and received editorial commentary on their creative and reflective work and that of their peers and through the workshop’s guidance gain an enhanced sense of ways to get better at giving and receiving feedback.
  • They will have the opportunity to reflect on their own experience as healthcare practitioners and understand and give those experiences meaning through shaping them into narratives of various kind and sharing them with others.
  • They will have become part of a supportive health humanities community and network to encourage and sustain their interest and experiments in narrative-based medicine.
  • They will develop close reading and writing skills that will help in their own professional communication and, by enhancing their understanding of the narrative quality of patient encounters, may impact on their ability to provide sensitive and attentive patient care.
  • They will be exposed to mentoring and pedagogical approaches for creative and reflective writing workshops that may allow them to lead workshops of this kind of their own in future.

Target Audience

Healthcare practitioners of every kind who have done some creative and/or reflective writing before are encouraged to attend.

Program Dates

Thursday Cohort starts on November 3rd 2022 and will run for 4 sessions. Sessions will be held from 6:00pm-8:30pm (ET).

November 3rd, 2022, November 17th, 2022, December 1st, 2022 and December 15th, 2022


Course Fee: $885+HST


Cancellations will be accepted until October 27, 2022 and are subject to a processing fee of $95 plus applicable taxes. Refunds will not be processed after this date.

Requests for cancellation must be made in writing to .

Registrations are not transferable.

The University of Toronto reserves the right to cancel events. Registrants will be notified at the earliest possible date in the event of a cancellation. Registration fees for events cancelled by the University will be refunded; however, the University will not be liable for any loss, damages or other expenses that such cancellations may cause.


College of Family Physicians of Canada – Mainpro+® (Group Learning):
This 1 credit(s)-per-hour Group Learning program meets the certification criteria of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and has been certified by Continuing Professional Development, Temerty Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto for up to 10.0 Mainpro+® credits.

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada – Section 1
This event is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, approved by Continuing Professional Development, Temerty Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. You may claim a maximum of 10.0 hours (credits are automatically calculated).

American Medical Association – AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ Designation
Through an agreement between the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the American Medical Association, physicians may convert Royal College MOC credits to AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Information on the process to convert Royal College MOC credit to AMA credit can be found at:

European Union for Medical Specialists (UEMS)
Live educational activities recognized by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada as Accredited Group Learning Activities (Section 1) are deemed by the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS) eligible for ECMEC®.