Dominican University of California now offers a low-residency MFA in Creative Writing with an optional emphasis in Narrative/Poetic Medicine. In addition to the genres of Poetry, Fiction, and Creative Nonfiction, the Narrative/Poetic Medicine track brings together poets and writers who seek to explore the illness story.

The unique Narrative/Poetic Medicine track expands the practice of Narrative Medicine as a teaching tool to include the art of creating narratives. The aim is to ground students in the art of story-telling and to support them as they take up the subject of the body and express through writing what happens when a physical or mental anguish disrupts a life. Students read the works of Oliver Sacks, Richard Seltzer, and Rita Charon alongside poems by Denise Levertov, Audre Lorde, and Alicia Ostriker. They contemplate the differences between being cured and being healed of disease, and what roles science, arts, and the humanities play in the process of healing.

Dominican University of California is located just north of San Francisco in a serene campus tucked away in the hills of Marin County. Our location offers the best of both worlds – a quiet getaway for writing and reflection as well as easy access to the dynamic literary community of the San Francisco Bay Area. The low-residency format of Dominican’s MFA program consists of twice yearly residencies on campus and semester distance mentorships, allowing students to advance their writing career without disruption to family life or work. Dominican MFA students also benefit from exclusive access to events, travel opportunities, partnerships with publishers, an honors society, and more.

Applications are currently being accepted for a January 2019 residency start.

NOAH members are invited to learn more at www.dominican.edu/mfa
Contact: Joan Baranow, Program Director at [email protected]