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Event Date: Tuesday, January 26, 2016, 7:00 pm

Announcing: Narrating Medicine




WBUR’s popular CommonHealth blog is launching a new feature: Narrating Medicine, a platform for first-person writing from across the health care spectrum.

You may be the next Oliver Sacks. You may be a health care provider or caregiver who needs to share some hard-won wisdom with the public. Or who just needs some catharsis to fight burn-out.

Whatever your reasons for wanting to write, you’re invited to the official launch of Narrating Medicine, Jan. 26, 7-9 p.m., at WBUR, 890 Commonwealth Ave. Light refreshments will be served.


CommonHealth co-hosts Carey Goldberg and Rachel Zimmerman introduce Narrating Medicine and explain how it will work. CommonHealth, which averages close to a million clicks a month, will provide editing and audience, including for possible on-air versions of some stories. Writers will share their stories and retain copyright.

We’ll hear from local luminaries who have already ventured into this territory:

Dr. Annie Brewster
Dr. Gene Beresin
Dr. Steve Schlozman
Dr. Elissa Ely
Dr. Elizabeth Gaufberg
Dr. Suzanne Koven
Dr. Debra Malina
Dr. Michael Misialek
Dr. David Scales

And we’ll hear from MGH legal expert Christine Griffin on the first question many writers have: What about HIPAA?


Pitchfest: Got a story you think you might want to write up? Share a two-minute “pitch” and see what reaction you get.

Bookswap: Got good books on medicine and/or writing that you’ve already read? Bring them in and swap them.

Brainstorm: What next? WBUR will host quarterly meetings. Should we hold a Moth-like storytelling event? Should we think about a book-length collection?

Network: Hobnob, find a writing partner or constructive critic. Sign up for the Facebook group or suggest another online meeting place.


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