Community of Practice

monthly narrative medicine workshops


Join us the 3rd Tuesday of every month 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

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What’s Next: Portland

February 21, 2024

Tell Your Story: A Communal Quilt Project

Everyone has a story of health or illness. When we share our stories, we often feel less alone AND we create collaborative stories that build community.

In this two-hour, in-person workshop, led by artist Steve Prince, participants will create their own 12 x 12 quilt square, with fabric, scissors, glue, and thread. The workshop will open with Mr. Prince introducing the process and philosophy of quilt making as storytelling. Participants will then create their own quilt square, with support from local nonprofit Quilts for Empowerment volunteers. The squares will be sewn together and be part of an exhibit at OHSU School of Nursing in the spring. No sewing or quilting experience necessary.

Funding to support this event provided by the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at the University of Oregon and the Tykeson Family Foundation.

Food and drink available for purchase at the Lucky Labrador Brewing Company.

Facilitator Bio

Mr. Prince is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana and currently Director of Engagement and Distinguished Artist in Residence at the Muscarelle Museum of William and Mary in Virginia. He is a mixed media artist, master printmaker, lecturer, educator, and art evangelist whose work has been exhibited across the country in a variety of gallery, museum, and education settings.

You can find out more about Steve Prince at Steve Prince Studio or on Instagram @onefishstudio.

Steve Prince with his art.

Event Details

February 21, 2024
6:00-8:00 pm
Lucky Labrador Brewing Company
1945 NW Quimby St, Portland, OR 97209


What’s Next: Seattle

We have no Seattle events at this time. Please check back soon.

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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.