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Saturday, January 28, 2017



The New York Academy of Medicine, 1216 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street, New York, NY 10029


$125 for Academy Fellows & Members
$100 for Residents* - to register please email
$225 general admission
*Residents must show proof of current trainee/resident ID upon arrival

Sponsored by:

The Academy Section on Psychiatry

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Due to the overwhelming success of past Blank Slate Writing Workshops, we are offering this workshop for a third time on Saturday, January 28, 2017.

This full day workshop will teach short essay and op-ed writing. Participants will write an 800 word essay in the course of the day – aided by continuous individual and group feedback.

The workshop is designed for professionals of any discipline (physicians, psychologists, social workers, nurses, lawyers, scientists, teachers, community workers...) at any point in their career (residents, interns, students...). Seasoned and novice writers will learn the principles and practice of scientific, narrative non-fiction writing for the lay public. The day will be structured to model the process of writing being taught with participants grouped according to where they are in the development of their actual written work product.

This workshop is for persons who want to produce work for either online or print venues, including blogs, op-eds, articles, and reviews.

lloyd_sederer_headshot.jpgLloyd I. Sederer, MD is Medical Editor for Mental Health for the Huffington Post, Chief Medical Officer of the NYS Office of Mental Health, and Adjunct Professor at the Columbia/Mailman School of Public Health. He has taught medical writing for the lay public for 11 sequential semesters in the Columbia Department of Psychiatry. The author/editor of seven textbooks and three books for the lay public, his essays, opinion pieces, and book and movie/TV reviews have appeared about every week in the Huffington Post, US News and World Report, Psychology Today, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Washington Post, Commonweal Magazine, and Dr. Sederer is the recipient of a Rockefeller Scholar-in-Residence Grant and numerous professional awards for education and clinical administration. Follow him on Twitter @askdrlloyd.

drew_ramsey_headshot.jpgDrew Ramsey, MD is a psychiatrist, author, and farmer. He is a leading proponent of using dietary change to help sharpen brain function and improve mental health. He teaches and supervises as an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and works with patients and families at his clinic in New York City.

His work and writing on food and brain health been featured by The New York Times, The Huffington Post,Prevention, The Atlantic, The Doctors Show, and NPR. He is the chairman of the American Psychiatric Association's Council on Communications and a member of the editorial board of Medscape. Dr. Ramsey recently released his third book Eat Complete: The 21 Nutrients that Fuel Brain Power, Boost Weight Loss, and Transform Your Health (Harper Wave 2016), which follows the bestseller 50 Shades of Kale (HarperWave 2013) and The Happiness Diet (Rodale 2011). Learn more at

Lisa Gornick.jpgLisa Gornick, PhD is a clinical psychologist/psychoanalyst and a fiction and essay writer. Currently on the faculty of the Columbia Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research, Lisa has taught at Yale and Fordham. She is the author of two novels -- Tinderbox (Sarah Crichton Books/ Farrar, Straus and Giroux, and Picador) and A Private Sorcery (Algonquin) -- and a collection of linked stories, Louisa Meets Bear (Sarah Crichton Books/ Farrar, Straus and Giroux). Her essays have appeared widely, including in The New York Times, Real Simple, Salon, and Slate. Her website is

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