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.

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN! 2nd Annual Narrative Medicine Conference, October 20-22, 2017 (Portland, Oregon)


Spend three days learning side-by-side with healthcare professionals, students, scholars, social workers, patients, caregivers and patient advocates. Build concrete skills to develop narrative competence – the ability to absorb, interpret and be moved to action by the story of illness. Learn strategies for integrating narrative medicine into your daily practice.

View the full program HERE.

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.

Click HERE to find out more.