- What is Visible Ink?
- Who is eligible to be a Visible Ink participant?
- How do I sign up?
- What type of writing can I do in Visible Ink?
- Are there restrictions on the type of writing I can do in Visible Ink?
- Can Visible Ink help me publish my work?
- Does the program offer opportunities for my work to reach a broader audience?
- What happens to writing I do in the program?
- Where are writing sessions held?
- Do I need to live in the New York City area in order to participate?
The Visible Ink program offers patients at Memorial Sloan Kettering the opportunity to express themselves in writing with the one-on-one support of a volunteer writing mentor. The program is free of charge.Back to top
Any past or current MSK patient NYC and the Regional sites can participate, regardless of writing level or experience. This includes people treated at any of our facilities as an inpatient or an outpatient.Back to top Back to top
Participants can work on any form of expressive writing, including personal journals, fiction or nonfiction, poetry, memoirs, essays, letters, blog posts, and stage or screenplays.Back to top
Visible Ink does not support commercial projects such as grants, advertising, corporate reports, or business plans.Back to top
Visible Ink focuses on writing, not publishing. If your goal is publication, honing your writing skills and producing the best possible work is critical.Back to top
Yes. Each year, Visible Ink produces an anthology of works by participants and selects a number of short pieces to be staged in a live show performed by professional entertainers. All Visible Ink participants are invited — though not required — to submit pieces for the anthology and the performance. A selection committee determines which pieces will be published and/or staged.Back to top
You retain all rights to your work. Visible Ink won’t share or publish your work in any way without your written consent. We do ask that a copy of all work completed in the program be submitted by you or your mentor for inclusion in our Visible Ink archives, which are maintained as a private record.Back to top
You and your mentor can meet in any location conducive to conversation, such as a public lounge or a coffee shop, but not in participants’ or mentors’ homes or in the hospital. Writing can also be exchanged and evaluated via email, online chat (Skype or FaceTime), or phone.Back to top
No. Our participants and mentors can communicate via phone, online chat, or email (though not via social media or a public online forum).Back to top