Media and Medicine: How to Tell Stories that Make a Difference is an intensive program for those with a health-related story to tell. Instructed by renowned medical storytellers and guided by Harvard-based advisors, participants will design and develop a project to address the seemingly intractable health challenges facing our country and the world.
The course is divided into two workshops, the first being a five-day intensive. Attendees will arrive having identified a health-related problem they want to explore. Participants will learn how to use a wide range of storytelling techniques, from poetry and essays to blogs, podcasts and YouTube videos to share stories that have an impact on the health field. Following the first workshop, participants will work in collaboration with their Harvard advisor to craft their own story. Attendees will reconvene for a spring session to present and critique their project.
Throughout the program, participants will be given the tools to succeed. Learners will partake in a series of modules that focus on the types of mediums students may work with, as well as storytelling power, craft and strategy. Each evening, prominent storytellers in the fields of medicine and health promotion will share their stories and discuss their impact.
Media and Medicine has been designed to strengthen your skills as a storyteller, while encouraging you to draw on your own experiences to make your private stories public, engage audiences and improve the health of your communities.