Creative Writing

Writing it all out

Whether you’re trying to relieve stress after an emotionally challenging day or looking for a way to help a patient come to terms with a critical illness, writing can be an important outlet.

Not only has writing been proven to reduce stress, it can also improve your problem-solving skills, help you sort through your thoughts and feelings and maybe even help you get to know yourself a little better.

One researcher, Harvey Chochinov, has even found a way to ease end-of-life stress and discomfort by encouraging his patients to write a selective life history that they can pass on to their survivors.

A few of our projects

The Cynthia Davis writing prize competition was resumed early 2020.  Below are the winners for 2020:

  • First Prize:  Laura Schep (PGY3, Hospitalist Medicine) -- The Body [pdf 18 kB]
  • Runner-up:  Kelly Eggink (PGY4, Emergency Medicine) -- Room 12 [pdf 73 kB]
  • Runner-up:  Brendan Morgan (PGY2, Anesthesia) -- A Frigid January River [pdf 65 kB]

Earlier winners of the Cynthia Davis writing prize:

  • Sarah Fraser (Class of 2014) won the 2014 Cynthia Davis Writing Award for her story No Rest for the Wicked [PDF - 329 kB].
  • Carolyn Reardon (Class of 2015) was the 2014 Cynthia Davis Consolation Prize winner for her story, The Grief Playlist [PDF - 325 kB].
  • Marisa Webster (Class of 2015) won the 2013 Cynthia Davis Writing award for her story We Tragically Quipped [PDF - 1.5 MB] (as published in the Fall 2013 Dalhousie Medical Journal).
  • Carolyn Reardon (Class of 2015) received an honourable mention at the 2013 Cynthia Davis Awards for her story, Drifting Away [PDF - 306 kB].
  • Elizabeth Weld (Nursing) also received an honourable mention at the 2013 Cynthia Davis Awards for her story, Locked in my Mind; Awash with Thought [PDF - 72 kB].
  • Sarah Fraser (Class of 2014)  also wrote a collection of poems called Humanities Emergency [PDF - 3.8 MB] based on her experiences in med school. Many of the poems were inspired by an elective she took in the Department of Emergency Medicine. The title of the collection also points to the emergency of incoporating humanity into the practice of medicine.