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Using "Literature" of Illness in Writing

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Prescription medication guides, prescription advertisements, medical encyclopedia entries, symptom “diaries,” medical charts, doctor’s notes, physiological diagrams and illustrations, medical instructions, health histories, etc. are all promising forms that can be used to explore the writer’s experience, guiding us out of the familiar and comfortable narratives we tell ourselves and others about our bodies. In this workshop, we will find new ways to view our individual medical “material” and write new narratives. Have an example(s) of your “medical literature” (anything listed above, or beyond) at the ready, something that you find interesting enough to turn into art.

Sarah Cedeño’s work has appeared in The Journal2 BridgesThe PinchThe Citron ReviewPunctuateThe Baltimore ReviewNew World WritingThe Rumpus, Hippocampus Magazine, Bellevue Literary Review, and elsewhere. Sarah holds an MFA from Goddard College and has served as editor of several literary magazines. She lives in Brockport, NY with her husband and two sons, and teaches writing at the College at Brockport.