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Visible Ink

Visible Ink offers MSK patients the opportunity to express themselves in writing with the one-on-one support of an experienced mentor – empowering people with cancer to give voice to their stories.

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Writing Program for Patients

Visible Ink

About Visible Ink

Visible Ink is the largest writing program of its kind, welcoming writers of all ages at every level of education and experience – during treatment, after treatment, and throughout long-term survivorship.

Research has shown that expressive writing can reduce stress, nurture confidence and creativity, and enhance overall well-being. Patients in the program can explore any topic in any form: in stories, memoirs, essays, poems, plays, and beyond – and it can be confidential or developed for a broader audience.

Who We Are

Who We Are

Participants meet with mentors in person, over the phone, by email, or by video chat.  Volunteer mentors include bestselling novelists, Tony and Emmy Award-winners, poets, journalists, teachers, and editors for major print and online publications.

Visible Ink is open to all patients, free of charge, throughout MSK (including regional sites and alliances) and by special arrangement with other healthcare institutions.

Visible Ink Onstage

Visible Ink Onstage

The Eleventh Anniversary Live Performance of Works by MSK Patients was staged and filmed at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College – featuring volunteer actors, singers, dancers, and musicians from film, television, and Broadway. Pictured above: Tony Award and four-time Emmy Award-winning actor David Hyde Pierce. 

Visible Ink Events

Events Throughout the Year

In addition to individual mentoring, the program hosts an annual Fall Writing Festival where Visible Ink gathers as a community to write, exchange ideas, and learn from expert journalists, writers, and publishers.  We also offer writing groups and mentor master classes.

Upcoming events include:

  • Visible Ink Fall Writing Festival: November 19, 2019
Visible Ink Anthology

2019 Visible Ink Anthology

Published in 2019, the eleventh and latest edition of the Visible Ink Anthology series is available for purchase at $25.

Support the Program

Support the Program

Visible Ink is supported solely by grants and donations. Make a difference in the lives of patients by making a donation to the program.

To join Visible Ink as a participant or mentor, please contact Judith Kelman, Founder and Executive Director, at or 212-535-3985.