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Seattle’s 10th Interstitium Offers Equal Parts Tears and Laughter 

On a rare 80-degree May day in Seattle, the basement of the Shafer Baillie Mansion was packed. According to the lore surrounding this imposing Tudor Revival home, the basement was once a speakeasy. A century later, there was still a conspiratorial air about the place. As emcee Elizabeth Dorn explained, the event we were waiting for would be analog – a one-time opportunity for performers and audience members to share a unique form of narrative medicine – live, spontaneous storytelling in its rawest, most emotional form.

Seattle Interstitium Brings Poignant and Funny Stories to the Fore

by Elizabeth Dorn On January 7, the Seattle branch of the Northwest Narrative Medicine Collaborative ran its 9th Interstitium storytelling event to a sold-out, standing-room-only crowd at the beautiful Shafer Baillie Mansion. We find it a testimony to the hunger for such events that tickets were posted on December 12 and sold out within six days,…

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The Moment of Truth

On May 26th, Seattle’s Share Baillie Bed & Breakfast hosted The Interstitium: The Moment of Truth. There was a collection of 8 storytellers, all so graciously willing to share their stories. However, before the event began, Dr. Sam Blackman facilitated two The Moment of Truth: Storytelling Workshops. Dr. Blackman is a Moth Grand Slam winner, pediatric oncologist,…

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Learning to Put the “Care” in Healthcare

I currently attend Lewis & Clark College, where I am a health studies minor. I was taking Public Health this year and we had to attend “Narrative Scribe Training- Signal and Noise: Scribing in the Margins”. What started out as an unknown became an experience that continues to shape my daily interactions.  In Narrative Scribe…

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On a Night that Changed My Life

It was late Friday night when the audience filtered through doors to the chapel at Lewis & Clark College and  the zoom waiting room was filling up just as quickly. The audience on both ends were buzzing, and the physical space was filled with warmth.  In the first hybrid interstitium since the start of the…

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Storytelling Series the Interstitium Gives Health Care Professionals a Place to Vent—And Invites the Public to Listen

Ben Colburn knows a storytelling event geared toward the medical profession can easily get gory. With the Interstitium, Colburn, a third-year family medicine resident at Oregon Health & Science University, invites his peers—from surgeons on down to hospital custodians, and even some patients—to get onstage and share their experiences within the health care industry. But don’t expect to hear a lot about botched surgeries or the sudden expulsion of body fluids.

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Out of My Scope

Please join us for the Northwest Narrative Medicine Collaborative’s fourth Seattle Storytelling event. We invite you to tell a medicine/health-related story on the theme “Out of my Scope.” Your story can be funny, serious, heartfelt, absurd, lyrical, etc. It can be expressed as a narrative, poem, song, or any genre of your liking. We are…

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What Was Lost in Translation

Please join us for the Northwest Narrative Medicine Collaborative’s third Seattle Storytelling event. We invite you to tell a medicine/health-related story on the theme “What Was Lost In Translation.” Your story can be funny, serious, heartfelt, absurd, lyrical, etc. It can be expressed as a narrative, poem, song, or any genre of your liking. We…

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The Interstitium: I have a gift for you

The space is Portland-hip: Cup & Bar serves artisan coffee and avocado toast, and we crowd together on artfully rough-hewn wooden benches. The audience is warm: supportive, attentive and intimate, 50-people strong and the show is standing room only. The stories told at the mic are real.

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What I Didn’t Know

Please join us for the Northwest Narrative Medicine Collaborative’s second Seattle Storytelling event. We invite you to tell a health-care related story on the theme “What I Didn’t Know.” Your story can be funny, serious, heartfelt, absurd, lyrical, etc. We are seeking story-tellers and story-appreciators, as we gather together to build a narrative medicine community.…

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