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“Writing to Heal” Student Writing Featured on Health Story Collaborative

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screenshot from the Health Story Collaborative website. Full text is included in the link within the post.

Six undergraduate students enrolled in ENGL 2770 Writing to Heal in Fall 2021 have published essays via Health Story Collaborative (HSC), a Boston-based nonprofit organization dedicated to harnessing the healing power of stories. This public writing collaboration was coordinated by Dr. Annie Brewster, founder of HSC, and Laurie Edwards, Teaching Professor and Online Pedagogy Coordinator in English. Featured on the HSC website are student-authored stories of trauma and resilience that use expressive writing to process painful experiences in productive, meaningful, and often empowering ways. These narratives include:

  • “Good Grief” by Gillian (Communications B.A., English minor)
  • “Metamorphosis” by Alisha Karuvannur-Sandhu (Philosophy B.A., Health, Humanities, and Society minor)
  • “Destiny is a Multiple-Choice Exam” (shared anonymously)
  • “A Last Meal” by Theresa Chung (Health Sciences B.S., Writing minor)
  • “Love and Shelter” by Ashley Lynch (Bioengineering B.S., Writing minor)
  • “Litany for Chrissy” by Kaitlin Kerr (English B.A., Writing minor)

Read these stories on the HSC website.

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