Visible Ink offers Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center patients the opportunity to work individually with a writer, editor, or teacher (“writing coach”) on a writing project of their choice. The program is free of charge and open to all interested patients, regardless of writing level or experience.
Any past or current patient of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center can participate, whether in treatment or not. This includes patients treated at any of our facilities whether on an inpatient or outpatient basis.
For more information or to sign up, contact team leader Judith Kelman at firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, or 212-535-3985.
You can work on any creative writing: short or long, fiction or nonfiction, poetry, memoirs, essays, letters, blogs, screen- or playwriting, etc.
Visible Ink does not support commercial projects such as grants, advertising, corporate reports, or business plans.
Visible Ink is designed to help with writing, not publishing. If your goal is publication, honing your writing skills and producing the best possible work is the critical first step.
Yes. Each year, Visible Ink produces an anthology of participant work that is submitted for this purpose and meets established criteria for inclusion. The anthology is distributed at an annual event, which features staged readings of selected participant works by a troupe of professional actors.
Visible Ink enjoys a close relationship with Bridges, Memorial Sloan-Kettering's survivorship newsletter. Many works by our participants have been featured in this quarterly publication.
Participants retain all rights to their work. Your writing will not be disseminated in any form without your prior written permission. With participant consent, a copy of all written work will be kept in Visible Ink archives.
Visible Ink has no assigned space. Writing sessions can be conducted in any location conducive to conversation (e.g., a lounge or coffee shop). Writing can also be exchanged and evaluated via e-mail, telephone, or regular mail if face-to-face visits are inconvenient for the participant and/or the volunteer writing coach.
No. Our participants can communicate with their volunteer writing coach via phone, regular mail, or e-mail.