Welcome to the Northwest Narrative Medicine Collaborative

We are a diverse group of health care professionals, caregivers, patients and artists who have joined together in a grass roots effort. Our passion is to engage in conversation, create a community and explore narrative as it pertains to health, illness and care taking. Learn more.

Narrative Medicine Writer’s Retreat

December 10, 2017 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 pm

Join NWNMC founders, April Brenneman and Elizabeth Lahti in Parkdale, Oregon, nestled between the orchards and vineyards of Mount Hood. The full day workshop will include two structured mini-workshops, using outside texts as writing prompts. Participants will also have unstructured creative time to explore the beautiful, natural surroundings for inspiration, or curl up by the fireplace to write. We will conclude the day with time for sharing work in progress or finished pieces. Catered lunch included.

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The 2017 Northwest Narrative Medicine Conference was a success!

Thank you to all of our amazing speakers and performers. Thank you to all the participants. Thank you to all of our community supporters. We couldn’t have done it without you!

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The Northwest Narrative Medicine Series was a success!

Special thank you to our series coordinators April Brenneman and Stacy Brewster, and to all our amazing speakers.


In January 2017, the NWNM Collaborative launched a Monthly Series focused on how stories—spoken, written, visual or performed—help shape our experience of healthcare. Facilitated by patients, writers, and healthcare professionals, each 1.5 hour session explores a unique perspective and includes an interactive component for participants. This series is FREE and open to the public.

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