The Write Treatment: Writing Therapy for Cancer Patients at Beth Israel
Emily Rubin, writer and cancer survivor, brings the power of writing to cancer patients, survivors and caregivers at Beth Israel Hospital. She runs a 10-week writing workshop, which utilizes writing as therapy. Suprisingly, the word “cancer” does not usually come up at these meetings. These workshops, which are open to all levels of writers, allow cancer patients the opportunity to forge an identity outside of their illness. Writing becomes a creative outlet for expression, imagination and solace. At the end of the workshop, writers share their poetry, fiction and nonfiction with one another. Along with sharing encouragement for each other’s writing, the writers also share a silent understanding for one another’s struggle with cancer. Emily Rubin is a published author. Her debut novel, Stalina, came out in January 2011. Emily is currently looking for more funding to support her writing workshops for cancer patients.