Visible Ink, a one-on-one writing program for patients at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, offers opportunities for self-expression, stress reduction, personal growth, and individual success at a time when many participants face the considerable challenge of a serious illness.
Visible Ink, Memorial Sloan Kettering’s creative writing program for patients, will put on its annual staged reading of patient-written works tonight. Patients and their family, friends, and physicians will gather in Memorial Sloan Kettering's Zuckerman Research Center Auditorium to watch the performance, which features professional stage and screen actors.
“The very act of writing a piece and finishing it brings an immense feeling of accomplishment,” says Judith Kelman, Visible Ink’s founder. “Now imagine the thrill of your words in the mouth of an eloquent actor or actress — it's very inspiring and enlightening.”
CBS News and Fox 5 New York covered last year's event, featuring interviews with some of the patient writers and volunteer mentors. A video of 2013's staged reading is available to watch on our website. Greg Kachejian, who serves as Visible Ink's Administrator and Artistic Director, directed that performance and will direct tonight's, as well.
A positive outlet for patients
Established in 2008, Visible Ink offers patients at Memorial Sloan Kettering the opportunity to work one-on-one with an experienced mentor on a writing project of their choice, which need not be disease related. The program helps to promote self-expression, stress reduction, and personal growth for participants.
The program is free of charge and open to all interested patients, regardless of their writing level or experience. To date, more than 800 patients have enrolled and 50 established writers, editors, or teachers have signed on as mentors.
Participants have produced more than 35,000 pages of written work in various formats – from novels to screenplays, blogs, and poems. Each year, all participants in the program are invited to submit short works from which a committee selects the pieces to be performed in the staged reading.
To support Visible Ink, visit the program’s Giving Page.