The Interstitium

live stories from humans in healthcare


Northwest Narrative Medicine Collaborative presents the Interstitium: a storytelling evening that invites our community to share stories of how health and illness shape the way we live. Onstage. With a mic. Live. 

Interstitium [int-ər-ˈstish-ē-əm] • noun the space between two things that both joins and separates them

We created “The Interstitium” to contemplate the stories happening in these “in between spaces” of our lives.  What stories aren’t being told? How can we learn from them?

“The Interstitium” celebrates our lived experience of health and healthcare—it’s so much more than a diagnosis or a lab result. Each and every person’s relationship to their body lives at the intersection of health, power, and identity. We want to make that intersection a place where people feel heard and respected.

The stories we share are funny, serious, heartfelt, heartbreaking, lyrical, or absurd.  Each storyteller illuminates hidden moments in health and illness that can bring us together in shared humanity.

What’s Next: Portland

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What’s Next: Seattle

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Seattle's Interstitium theme is "Now What?"

The Seattle Interstitium: Now What?

We invite you to listen to/tell a health-related story on the theme “Now What?”

Your story can be funny, serious, heartfelt, absurd, lyrical, etc. It can be expressed as a narrative, poem, song, movement, or any genre of your liking. We are seeking story-tellers and story-appreciators, as we gather together to build a narrative medicine community. Follow the link below for more details. If you would like to be a Storyteller:

Please email us at: Stephanie Cooper and Elizabeth Dorn  and please send us your story proposals as soon as you can. Deadline to apply to be a Storyteller is January 25th, 2023. We will choose 8 stories from the submissions that best compliment one another

Event Details

February 4, 2023
7:00-9:00 pm
Share Baillie Mansion Bed & Breakfast
907 14th Avenue East Seattle, WA

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Pitch Your Story

If you’ve got a story to tell, we want to hear from you! Patients, professionals, clinicians, caregivers, writers, artists—and the many of us whose lives span more than one category—all are welcome.

The Interstitium began with a bang in the spring of 2019.

Check out our past shows!