Community of Practice


Starting in May 2018, the Northwest Narrative Medicine Collaborative (NWNMC) will begin its Community of Practice Monthly Workshop Series! Each interactive workshop will focus on developing narrative skills in community. Each month we will select a different focus/topic, and will host a featured visiting facilitator.

Participants should plan on engaging in discussion, writing, creating, sharing, and interacting with other participants. While the topic and facilitator will rotate, the format will be the same.

We will meet the 3rd Tuesday of each month, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at The Lucky Labrador Brew Pub on Hawthorne Blvd.

  • Facilitator Welcome
  • Brief Introductions
  • Workshop (90 minutes); including
    • Hands on activity, community participation
    • Writing prompt/time to write
    • Discussion either in large group, pairs, small groups
    • Wrap up and send off with a “Try This” Activity
  • Close

Our  focus is narrative medicine, that is, an approach to wellness and healthcare that supports narrative competence—the ability to listen, absorb, and be moved to action by the stories of illness and wellness.

Workshop facilitators will create and facilitate a one-time workshop experience focused on a specific skill that will expand each participant’s narrative medicine practice.  

Some examples of workshops include: Fiction as a Route to Truth; Poem-on-Poem Building; Writing Dialog to Embody the Other; Metaphor of Illness; Interplay and Medical Narrative.

*we encourage participants to make a $5 donation at each session if able.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: If you are interested in leading a Community of Practice Monthly Workshop please complete this form. Workshop leaders will receive a $100 Powell’s gift card as an honorarium.