Creative Writing Workshops for Residents, Outpatient
& Support Center Healthcare Facilities with Author Peggy Rambach
Health Care Facilities
Creative Writing Workshop for Residents, Outpatient
and Support Center Facilities
This workshop gives participants the opportunity
to record and dramatize their past, as well as navigate the complexities
of their present through the forms of memoir fiction and poetry.
Under the guidance of author, Peggy Rambach, and with the camaraderie
of class members, residents of a health care facility will read
work-in-progress for discussion, affirmation, and critique. It
is helpful, but not required that outpatient participants write
on a computer. Any assistance in-patient participants may need
should be provided by the hosting facility and will be determined
during the workshops
I found it uncommonly easy to learn from
Peggy. She was specific, direct and clear in her guidance. At
the same time, she upheld each writers dignity, elevated
our strengths and genuinely applauded our effort. She modeled
a proper balance of delivery, useful criticism, maintaining
humor in the class and instilling a sense of capability in each
member. - The Wellness Community workshop participant
I learned I could communicate.
Tewksbury State Hospital workshop participant.
Professional Caregiver Workshop:
This workshop provides professional caregivers,
such as: nurses, social workers, technicians, therapists and physicians,
the opportunity to explore, record and understand through the
forms of memoir, fiction, and poetry the often morally complex,
profound and dramatic experiences that are inevitably part of
daily life. Under the guidance of author, Peggy Rambach, and with
the camaraderie of class members participants will have the opportunity
to read work-in-progress, discuss, and revise it as a means of
learning the techniques necessary to convey experiences in a way
that provides closure and understanding to the writer, and produces
writing that enriches and informs his or her readers. The class
is designed with respect for to the professional caregivers
Family Caregiver Workshop:
This workshop provides family caregivers the opportunity
to write and present fiction, memoir, and poetry that may express
the frustrations, the fatigue, the fears, the logistical challenges,
the conflicting emotions, and complex relationships with clinical
caregivers and others, as well as the moments of triumph and grace
that come with caring for a family member who is ill. Under the
guidance of author, Peggy Rambach, and with the camaraderie of
class members, participants will develop their work so that it
brings them to discover and communicate to others insights to
life-experience that are universal and enduring.
A Professional Development Workshop for Health
Care Facility Staff
From Image to Insight:
Three Simple Strategies That Break the Blocks of Writing
These three professional development workshops provide
health care staff with strategies that guide clients to write
compelling poetry and prose.
In session one we will explore what triggers
memory, choose an image in a photograph and begin a short
In session two we will discuss parallels between
fine art and writing, interpret paintings by Edward Hopper,
Edvard Munch, George Tooker and others, and then use one as
the genesis for a poem.
In session three we will discuss and identify
poems that make good models for clients to imitate and emulate.
Standard fee per hour: $60
One full-day residency: $500
6 week residency or 60 contact/non-contact hours:
All residency fees are negotiable.
Peggy Rambach collaborates with facilities and arts
agencies to procure funding for her residencies.
General Statement About Workshops:
Peggy Rambach can design facility workshops as one-hour
or one-day presentations, weekend or two week intensives, and
six - ten week sessions. Longer sessions culminate with a reading
and hard copy publication of participants work. All submissions
to the booklet/website publication, and participation in the reading
are voluntary. HIPAA Laws are observed in health care settings.
All workshops in health care settings are followed by a twenty-minute
debrief session with staff and/or administrators. Generally, workshop
enrollment is limited to 12 participants.
Funders and Partnerships: Vermont
Arts Exchange (www.vtartxchange.org)
Massachusetts Cultural Council (www.massculturalcouncil.org)
Jane's Trust (www.hembar.com/selectsrv/janes)
Schwartz Center (www.theschwartzcenter.org)
Tewksbury Hospital (www.mass.gov)
Vermont Veterans' Home (www.vvh.state.vt.us)
NSMC-Union Hospital (nsmc.partners.org).
Author, Peggy Rambach, runs creative writing workshops in community education settings for the Healing Arts in health care, correctional facilities, ESL programs and immigrant support centers as well as offering assistance with lesson plans in professional development presentations for middle and high school teachers. She teaches memoir writing in medical schools as part of the curriculum in Narrative Medicine and Medical Humanities. Ms. Rambach is conveniently located for teachers, students and participants from throughout New England including the Vermont (VT) cities of Bennington, Burlington and Montpelier, the Maine (ME) cities of Portland, Gardener, Kennebunkport and York, the New Hampshire (NH) cities of Portsmouth, Concord, Manchester, Dover, Nashua and Rochester, the Massachusetts (MA) cities of Boston, Newburyport, Amherst, North Hampton, Salem, Beverly, Lawrence, Lowell, Haverhill, Gloucester, Plymouth, New Bedford, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Marblehead, Rockport, Hyannis, and Falmouth, the Rhode Island (RI) cities of Providence and Newport and the Connecticut (CT) cities of New Haven and Hartford.