Narrative Medicine Writer’s Retreat

Escape to the mountains for a 1-day writing retreat

December 10, 2017 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 pm



Join NWNMC founders, April Brenneman and Elizabeth Lahti in Parkdale, Oregon, nestled between the orchards and vineyards of Mount Hood. The full day workshop will include two structured mini-workshops, using outside texts as writing prompts. Participants will also have unstructured creative time to explore the beautiful, natural surroundings for inspiration, or curl up by the fireplace to write. We will conclude the day with time for sharing work in progress or finished pieces. Catered lunch included.

Registration limited to 15.

Cost: $100

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*ALL proceeds go to support the NWNM Collaborative. Registration is transferable, but not refundable


April Brenneman discovered the importance and power of narrative medicine through the traumatic experience of cancer in her youngest child. Writing became a natural outlet to try to process and understand her son’s cancer journey. In 2013 she painted on her son’s X-rays creating an art collection titled: Mother & Son. Her first piece, Lament 1: A Passionate Expression of Grief or Sorrow, was published in The Intima in 2014. To further her knowledge, she attended the Columbia University Narrative Medicine Workshop in New York. She has facilitated writing workshops for Write Around Portland since 2015. She coordinated and co-hosted the 2017 NWNM Collaborative Monthly Series.


Elizabeth Lahti, M.D., is a Portland-area clinical and teaching hospitalist, and the Director of Narrative Medicine at OHSU School of Medicine. She designed and co-facilitates the first upper level interprofessional course, Narrative Competence for Health Professionals. She teaches narrative medicine and reflective practice to trainees and faculty with a particular interest in identity formation and resilience through story. Dr. Lahti is a member of the Full Frontal Writing Collective, a group of writers who meet weekly to practice and support each other in writing endeavors. Her poetry and prose has been published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, The Annals of Internal Medicine and the Elohi Gaduji Journal.