Visible Ink offers Memorial Sloan Kettering patients the opportunity to express themselves in writing with the individual support of an experienced writing mentor.
Watch a video of the 2017 live staged performance of works by patients.
Our mission is to promote creativity, stress reduction, and personal empowerment for people diagnosed with cancer.
While Visible Ink operates under the aegis of MSK, our sole funding is through grants and donations. This program is free to participants.
Learn more about giving to Visible Ink.
Writing by Participants
Since inception more than 1,700 patients have enrolled. They have produced more than 65,000 pages of written work, including essays, memoirs, fiction, podcasts, poetry, plays, personal journals, letters, lyrics, and blogs.
Although many people choose to keep their writing private, works by Visible Ink participants have appeared in:
- Visible Ink’s annual anthology (available for purchase)
- Blogs, social media, and online publications (e.g., Salon, The Daily Beast, and the Huffington Post)
- Print publications, including Newsweek and the New York Times
- Novels, self-help books, memoirs, and poetry chapbooks
Visible Ink Anthology and Live Staged Performance of Works by Patients
Each year, Visible Ink participants are invited to submit written works for potential publication in our anthology and/or inclusion in our annual performance.
The performance features actors, singers, dancers, and musicians from television, film, and the Broadway stage.
The performance and anthology are designed to honor and celebrate our participants.
For more information, please contact:
Greg Kachejian, Artistic Director
Caren Geberer, Associate Director
Joining Visible Ink
If you are interested in becoming a participant or a volunteer mentor, please contact:
Studies and Scientific Publications
To better understand the effects of expressive writing on participants, Visible Ink has forged partnerships with physicians and researchers in MSK’s Department of Psychiatry. We have a study in process and the following paper has been published: