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Vicki Mayk, MFA

12:45 - 1:45 PM

Telling The Stories of Addiction:
Theory and Practice

Vicki Mayk is a nonfiction writer, teacher and editor whose work has appeared in regional and national publications.

Learning Objectives

1. Participants will be able to describe what narrative competence is and how it enhances treatment and the relationship between patient and caregiver.

2. Participants will be able to discuss how story and narrative allow us to recognize multiple perspectives in the complex experience of addiction and its treatment.

3. Participants will be able to identify ways to use writing stories to process their experience working with patients.

Biography continued...

At Wilkes University, Mayk teaches noncredit adult writing workshops and a class for first-year college students on the power of story. She began teaching narrative medicine workshops at St. Luke’s Hospice in Bethlehem, PA, in 2012 and has studied in the narrative medicine program at Columbia University. An award-winning writer, Mayk is the author of the book Growing Up On The Gridiron: Football, Friendship and the Tragic Life of Owen Thomas (Beacon Press 2020), a book examining a landmark case in research related to traumatic brain injury in sports.


She earned the Bachelor of Science degree from Northwestern University and a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from Wilkes University.

Presentation Slides

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