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: Seattle

May 26, 2022

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Interstitium: The Moment of Truth

Join us for Northwest Narrative Medicine Collaborative’s Seventh Seattle Live Storytelling Event. We invite you to tell a medicine or health-related story on the theme: Moment of Truth. We are seeking story-tellers and story-appreciators, as we gather together to build a narrative medicine community.

Your story can be funny, serious, heartfelt, absurd, or lyrical. It can be expressed as a narrative, poem, song, movement, or any genre of your liking around the theme Moment of Truth.

Story guidelines:

  • 7 minutes or less
  • may be read from a written story, or told extemporaneously
  • please maintain patient/people privacy and don’t use actual names unless you have permission
  • story content can range from serious to funny to absurd to dramatic
  • the event will not be recorded
  • the event will not be judged

We reserve the right to curate the event. We strive to maintain an emotionally safe environment for all, and we will not tolerate disrespectful behavior.

If you would like to be a Storyteller, please email Stephanie Cooper and Elizabeth Dorn.

  • Share with us what the story is about, and how you plan to present it
  • Send us your story proposals as soon as you can
  • Deadline to apply to be a Storyteller of May 22
  • We will choose 8 stories from the submissions that best compliment one another

The event will be held indoors. Proof of vaccination status and wearing a mask will be required. 

Tickets $15

Event Details

May 26, 2022
Shafer Baillie Mansion Bed & Breakfast
907 14th Avenue East Seattle, WA 98112


What’s Next: Online

May 7, 2022

Bull fighter and bull in ring

The Moment of Truth: A Storytelling Workshop with Sam Blackman

A storytelling workshop for those wanting to tell stories about experiences in the world of medicine. 

This workshop is held over two weekends to help those interested in learning how to build a story/tell a story in a way that really gives it homage and finds its most authentic thread.  The theme will be: Moment of Truth. This will also be the theme of next Seattle Interstitium storytelling event. This workshop is a great place to craft your story, or any story you’d like to work on.

Workshop Schedule:

First Day
May 7 10:00-2:00 PM
In-person in Seattle. Exact location will be emailed to registered participants in advance.

Second Day
May 21 10:00-2:00PM
Online. Zoom link will be emailed to registered participants in advance.

Cost is $40 for both sessions. All are welcome and this small-group workshop is capped at 15 participants maximum, so please RSVP soon.

Facilitator Dr. Sam Blackman is a Moth Gland Slam winner. Pediatric oncologist. Cancer drug developer. Dad joke aficionado. Moth GrandSLAM winner. Raconteur. Baker. Founder and Chief Medical Officer Day One Biopharmaceuticals. @drsam

Event Details

May 7, 2022
10:00-2:00 pm
This event is held over two weekends and begins May 7.
First meeting is in Seattle, in-person. The second will be held online.

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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!