Snapshots from #ahcj13 | Elizabeth Devita-Raeburn

About Lynn Arditi

Lynn Arditi is a staff writer at The Providence Journal. She is attending Health Journalism 2013 on an AHCJ-Rhode Island Health Journalism Fellowship, which is supported by The Rhode Island Foundation.

Elizabeth Devita-Raeburn, 46, an independent Jojrnalist in New York City, is the author of “The Empty Room,” a memoir of sibling loss, and co-author of the forthcoming “The Death of Cancer,” about the success of the war on cancer.

What was your favorite panel?
“My favorite panel was the one by Katy Butler.” (Great leap forward: Shaping complex topics into compelling stories).

What was most helpful in the workshop?
“I like what she said about health care being this island and our job being to build bridges to it. I like her example of when she wrote about her dad and the pacemaker. And the idea of rather than starting [a narrative] in an extreme moment, starting in this small moment with these sensual details where she drew the reader in…It also made me feel like going home to write.”

What were some of the best tips?
“She said every year she stretched and tried to do something above (her) pay grade … And she said you need three readers: Your audience, your peers and your mentors.”

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