Call for COVID-19 Stories, Poems, and Reflections from WCMS members

May 11, 2020

Are you writing at all during this pandemic? Would you write if you had an audience?

My name is Laura Hope-Gill. I direct the Narrative Healthcare program at Lenoir-Rhyne University. The program hosted the nation's first Narrative Healthcare Symposium at MAHEC last October. Now, students and faculty have repurposed the website to provide "Soul Support in Covid-19" in the form of poems, meditations, art, music, and journal prompts. Already, the site has subscribers from a number of hospitals and clinics. I will be gathering stories, poems, and reflections or essays for the site's blog.

As you know, JAMA's current issue focuses on Narrative Medicine. Bellevue Hospital in New York, University of Iowa School of Medicine, Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons all have literary magazines now. This might be the beginning of one for Western Carolina Medical Society. You can visit the site here: You'll also find a description of the Narrative Healthcare Program at Lenoir-Rhyne where surgeons, nurses, doctors, chaplains, and social workers develop their writing in both a healthcare and a beyond-healthcare curriculum that they all agree helps them move through the emotional and psychological challenges of care, including burnout, moral injury, even retirement.

For now, though, are you writing? Want to send it to me? Laura.Hopegill@LR.EDU. Please type WCMS in the subject line for easy collection.

Thank you.

Laura Hope-Gill
Co-ordinator M.A. in Writing Program
and Certificate in Narrative HealthCare
Thomas Wolfe Center for Narrative
Lenoir-Rhyne University, Asheville
36 Montford Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801

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