The Write Prescription: Telling Your Story to Move With and Beyond Illness

6:30–8:30 PM

Six session course: April 24; May 1, 8, 22; June 5, 12

Upper East Side, location shared upon registration

Members: $120, Non-members: $150, Student rate: $60

Tuition discount and/or work/study available. Please email Rabbi Dianne Cohler-Esses for information at

With Judi Hannan


Without words, illness can isolate us. We can become strangers to our former selves and
to the world we used to move in—our family, friends, colleagues, community. Writing and sharing our stories connects us to ourselves and others. In this workshop on writing about physical and mental illness, prompts will be given to guide our exploration into our inner narrative—the one that includes illness as well as the larger context of life. Reading our words back to ourselves and to others in the group will add deeper meaning to our story, creating a supportive and non-judgmental space to reveal our narratives.

No previous writing experience is required. Open to patients, survivors, caregivers, and family members. A maximum enrollment of 10 people will ensure intimacy and the opportunity for everyone to participate.