Story Starter: A Unique Writing Program for Cancer Patients

Visible Ink is a flexible, individualized program that gives Memorial Sloan Kettering patients the opportunity to reap the proven benefits of written expression, which include stress reduction and personal empowerment. The writing can be on any subject and in any form, and need not be disease related. Interested patients work one-on-one with a professional writer, editor, or teacher. To date, 700-plus participants have enrolled. They have produced more than 25,000 pages of poetry, memoir, fiction, essays, plays, articles, letters, journals, and blogs. The program, which is supported by grants and donations, is free to patients.

Each spring, Visible Ink publishes an anthology of works by participants. Actors, singers, and dancers from Broadway and the screen lend their talents to stage selected pieces submitted by patients in Visible Ink.

Judith Kelman, founder of Visible Ink, can discuss the impact the program has had on participants.

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