Community of Practice

monthly narrative medicine workshops

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Join us for our regular Community of Practice. These informal gatherings are open to all. Together, we develop our narrative skills—the ability to listen, absorb, and be moved to action by stories of illness and wellness. Events are held monthly in Portland and Seattle. We gather to read a short text, discuss, write in response, and share, if we choose. All participants need to bring is a pen and paper.

What’s Next: Online

May 26, 2020

Lost and Found

This pandemic has produced so many losses—some devastating, others disruptive or disappointing. This workshop will provide a space to name our losses, both large and small, and also to name and articulate what we may be finding. In the spirit of narrative medicine, we will use reading, writing, and listening to acknowledge, absorb, interpret, and act on our own and others’ stories of what we have lost and found.

Facilitator Bio

Daena Goldsmith, Ph.D., is a professor of Rhetoric & Media Studies at Lewis & Clark College, where she researches and teaches about how we enact identities and relationships through what we say and how we say it. Her work focuses on interactions from everyday life, including the conversations we have with a spouse or partner, the advice we give to friends and family, and the stories we tell face-to-face and online. Additional information is available at daenagoldsmith.com.

Event Details

May 26, 2020
6:00-8:00 pm

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What’s Next: Portland

January 21, 2020

Emergency Poem

Which poem do you turn to at a moment of personal crisis? Bring in and share your Emergency Poem, the words you turn to in times of hardship. It might offer solace, insight, breathing space, or points the way forward. Haven't got a poem picked out? Come discover one! Participants will leave this session with a chance to write and reflect on the evening's poems, a fully stocked emergency poetry kit, and a deeper understanding of how to incorporate poetry into the practice of narrative medicine.

Facilitator Bio

Facilitator George Derk earned his PhD in English from the University of Virginia where he taught courses ranging from medieval to contemporary literature. He is currently a medical student at OHSU where he continues to seek out opportunities to teach, including an upcoming seminar on autofiction through Literary Arts.

Event Details

January 21, 2020
6:00-8:00 pm

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What’s Next: Seattle

January 9, 2020

What's in a Prompt? Objects, Art, and the Written Word

We'll spend an evening trying out different writing prompts, including objects commonly used in the medical field, a classic piece of art, and a poem. Together, we'll explore our experiences in the world of medicine, using artistic, creative and reflective techniques, using simply a pen and paper, a sense of humor, an open heart, an ample dollop of vulnerability, and a passion to dig into what moves you.

Facilitator Bio

Facilitator Mary Pan is a family medicine physician and writer with a background in global health and narrative medicine.

Event Details

January 9, 2020
6:00-8:00 pm

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Invitation to Facilitate

A rotating group of facilitators create and lead our monthly workshops. Each focuses on a specific skill or thematic exploration that expands our narrative medicine practice and all come with individual interests and a unique point of view. If you’d like to lead a workshop, we’d love to hear from you!

Curious about what we’ve done in the past?

The Community of Practice has been meeting mostly monthly since February 2017. Check out our archives to learn more about what we’ve done together.

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Let us know about your upcoming event, or ask about bringing NWNMC to your community!