Narrative Scribe Training

Strengthen Your Narrative Competency at Narrative Scribe Training



Hosted by the Lewis & Clark College Center for Community and Global Health, and supported by the Mellon Foundation, Northwest Narrative Medicine Collaborative (NWNMC) developed Narrative Scribe Training.

The curriculum builds on narrative medicine practices of listening and witnessing. The training develops skills of listening deeply to stories of health, illness, and healing and reflecting on how listening and witnessing can contribute to social change.

 Narrative Scribe Training is for:

  • Students entering, studying, or considering the health professions
  • Patients and caregivers with lived experience of illness
  • Anyone curious to learn more about the practice of narrative medicine

For those studying or practicing in health-related professions, Narrative Scribe Training is an opportunity to build skill in listening for stories in clinical practice and to reflect on how listening can improve care and promote justice. These same skills are broadly useful in life outside of the clinic, too.

This interactive training will be hosted on the Lewis & Clark College campus. Training participants will work together and in mixed groups of large cohorts, small tables, and pairs of undergraduate students, medical and graduate students, health professionals, patients, caregivers, and those pursuing a practice of narrative medicine.

Each workshop module will encourage exploration, curiosity, and discussion. There will be opportunities to listen, read, write reflectively, and have the choice to share your writing.

Adequate breaks and restoration periods are included–as is lunch!

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Register for Narrative Scribe Training

Saturday, February 24th • 8:45 am - 4:30 pm

Training will be held in-person, on-campus at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, OR


Health Care Community General Registration

Healthcare Professionals, Faculty, and Staff


Student Registration

Non-LC Undergrads, Grad Students, Residents, Medical Scribes. Student registration costs cover food and materials.

All registration funds go directly to Northwest Narrative Medicine Collaborative.
Payment is completed in the registration form.

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Narrative Scribe Training Program Objectives


Practice the listener’s role in the co-creation of a story and become more intentional about how one listens. Understand listening as an action rather than a neutral act.


Apply close reading tools to witness stories more expansively and understand the connection between witnessing and health equity. Use these tools to open space for metabolizing a whole story, the intersecting identities it embodies, the systems that shape its contours, and the actions towards greater health equity within the story’s historical context.


Consider how these tools of listening and witnessing complement a biomedical approach that prioritizes listening for specialized pieces of stories that could lead to a diagnosis and plan. Examine how these tools can build a system of trust.


Equity and Inclusion Actions:

  • Interweave racial equity and justice discussion expressly into each module.
  • Pull patient narratives to the center of the work.
  • Explore how narrative medicine skills of listening and witnessing might be tools for change, both at the micro-level (one interaction at a time) and as part of larger, macro-level change.

Training Schedule

Saturday, February 24th • 8:45 am - 4:30 pm

8:45 am - 9:10 am

Arrival, Registration, Welcome and Introductions

Lewis & Clark College
Undergraduate Campus
Smith Hall
615 S. Palatine Hill Road
Portland, Oregon 97219

9:10 am – 10:10 am

Between the Lines

Scribe Practice: teaching and practicing transcription models of scribing story.

10:10 am - 10:20 am

Break (10 minutes)

10:20 am - 11:20 am


Northstar presentation + small group exercise

11:20 am - 12:20 pm

Tell Back Model

Scribe Practice: teaching and practicing dialogue models of scribing story.

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Lunch - provided (1 hour)

Chat with facilitators (optional)

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Poetic Forms

Scribe Practice: teaching and practicing poetry models of scribing story.

2:30 pm - 2:40 pm

Break (10 minutes)

2:45 pm - 3:30 pm

Scribe Practice

Practicing one of three models of scribing story.

3:30 pm - 4:15 pm

How Do Stories Help Heal? Listening for/as Social Change

4:15 pm - 4:30 pm

Closing Collective Action