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Early Bird Registration: Attendees with income over $100,000/year (until September 6, 2019) $950.00 $37.93
Early Bird Registration: Attendees with income between $45,000 and $100,000/year (until September 6, 2019) $800.00 $32.22
Early Bird Registration: Attendees with income under $45,000/year (until September 6, 2019) $450.00 $18.88
Registration for Attendees with income over $100,000/year (after September 6, 2019) $1,000.00 $39.84
Registration for Attendees with income between $45,000 and $100,000/year (after September 6, 2019) $850.00 $34.12
Registration for Attendees with income under $45,000/year (after September 6, 2019) $500.00 $20.79

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Narrative Medicine Basic Workshop

October 11-13, 2019

This Basic Workshop provides an intensive introductory experience to the methods and skills of Narrative Medicine. These practices are then applicable to unlimited clinical and non-clinical settings. From Friday at 2 pm to Sunday at 4 pm, participants gather for plenary presentations by the founders of the Division of Narrative Medicine alternating with small-group seminars. Participants will form small groups of eight that stay together throughout the weekend, while small group facilitators rotate through the groups.


Plenary presentations by faculty open up themes of how stories work, exploring concepts such as creativity, ethics, bearing witness, and empathy, while the small groups practice rigorous skills in close reading, creative writing, and responding to the writings of others. Close reading is an integral part of the workshop as is short prompted writing and discussion. Participants will gain access to our online resource page prior to the start of the workshop where all information necessary to prepare for the weekend including literary texts, film, visual art and seminar articles in the field of narrative medicine by leading educators.


Workshop Description & Objectives

These intensive workshops will offer rigorous skill-building in narrative competence. Participants will learn effective techniques for attentive listening, adopting others’ perspectives, accurate representation, and reflective reasoning. Plenary sessions will focus on reconceptualizing empathy, narrative ethics, bearing witness, and illness narratives. Small group seminars will offer firsthand experience in close reading, reflective writing, and autobiographical exercises. The target audience is physicians, other health care professionals and scholars interested in Narrative Medicine.


The Workshop will be held on Friday from 1:30p-7:30p, Saturday from 8:30a-5p and Sunday from 8:30a-4p. Here is the preliminary schedule:




1:30-2:30              Registration & Refreshments

2:30-3:30              Narrative Medicine: Methods for Improving Clinical Effectiveness |

                             Rita Charon, MD, PhD

3:45-5:00              Small Group Seminars

5:00–6:00             Reading | Novelist Nellie Hermann, MFA | Nellie Hermann, MFA

6:30-7:30              Cocktail Reception | Location: Coogan’s Restaurant

                             4015 Broadway (between 168th & 169th St)




8:30-9:00             Continental Breakfast

9:00-10:30           Reconceptualizing Empathy | Maura Spiegel, PhD

10:45-12:15         Small Group Seminars | Close Reading: Training for Attentive


12:15-1:30           Lunch

1:30-3:00             Writing in the Clinical Context and Beyond | Nellie Hermann, MFA

3:15-4:45             Small Group Seminars | Narrative Writing from Practice: Enlarging

                            the Clinical Fund of Knowledge Through Representation




8:30-9:00             Continental Breakfast

9:00-10:30           Narrative Ethics: New Clinical Approaches | Craig Irvine, PhD

10:45-12:15         Small Group Seminars | Narrative Listening: How to Elicit the Full

                            Stories of Illness

12:15-1:15           Lunch

1:15–2:15            Small Group Seminars | Illness Narratives: The Skills of Bearing

                            Witness to the Suffering of Others

2:30–4:00            Bearing Witness to Yourself in the Work |

                            Deepthiman Gowda, MD, MPH, MS


Adjournment at 4:00 pm



If you would like to pay by check, please make checks payable to Narativ, Inc. and indicate in the memo line which workshop date you are registering for. Please send checks to Narativ, Inc: 254 36th Street, Suite C549, Unit 24, Brooklyn, NY 11232.


If you require an invoice, please contact Joseph Eveld.


For additional information, email Joseph Eveld at or call the Division of Narrative Medicine at 212-305-1952.

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Columbia University Medical Center Hammer Health Sciences Building
701 W 168th St
New York, NY 10032


Narativ, Inc

Narativ conducts storytelling workshops based on the listening and storytelling methodology developed by Murray Nossel, Ph.D. For over 20 years, we've taught C-suite executives how to tell stories that deepen engagement and create impact. We work with teams in sales, training, and advocacy to create a personal connection to work, products and services, and clients and colleagues, one that empowers each individual to think creatively and express themselves clearly, improving communication across the board.

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