MFA, Nonfiction Writing, Emerson College
Mondays and Thursdays, 10:30-11:30am and by appt. Virtual hours Wed, 12-1pm and by appt.
360 Huntington Avenue,
Boston, MA 02115
Laurie Edwards is associate teaching professor in the Writing Program/Department of English. She received her BA from Georgetown University and her MFA in nonfiction writing from Emerson College. She primarily teaches Advanced Writing for the Health Professions and Writing to Heal, with particular interest in online/hybrid pedagogy, diversity and inclusion in the writing classroom, and narrative medicine.
She is a nonfiction writer and author of two books on chronic illness: Life Disrupted (Walker, 2008), a Library Journal Best Consumer Health Book, and In the Kingdom of the Sick: A Social History of Chronic Illness in America (Walker, 2013), a Booklist Editor’s Choice for 2013. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Boston Globe, NPR, and many other outlets, and she has appeared on Fresh Air with Terry Gross and The Today Show with Maria Shriver to discuss gender and pain.
• Life Disrupted (Bloomsbury USA, 2008)
• In the Kingdom of the Sick: A Social History of Chronic Illness in America (Bloomsbury, 2013)
• “Women and the Treatment of Pain,” New York Times Sunday Review (March 2013)
• “New Diagnosis Risks ‘It’s All in Your Head’ Response to Illness,” WBUR’s CommonHealth (April
• “Teaching the ‘Me Me Me Generation,’” WBUR’s Cognoscenti (June 2013)
• “There’s Meaning in the Process, Not Just the Product,” WBUR’s Cognoscenti (December 2013)
• “Forging Real Connections in Virtual Classrooms,” WBUR’s Cognoscenti (November 2014)
• “The Real Stigma of Beverly Hills: Why the Controversy of Yolanda’s Illness Matters,” WBUR’s
Awards and Honors
• Awarded the College of Social Sciences and Humanities Outstanding Teaching Award, Non-Tenure
Track faculty, December 2016
• Selected by WBUR as a “Best of Cognoscenti” writer, May 2015
• Booklist’s Editor’s Choice for Adult Nonfiction, 2013 (In the Kingdom of the Sick)
• Participant, health care reform private panel with President Bill Clinton, Clinton Foundation (2009)
• Library Journal’s Best Consumer Health Book, 2008 (Life Disrupted)