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Early Bird Registration: Attendees with income over $100,000/year (until March 20, 2020) $950.00 $37.93
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Narrative Medicine & The Creative Impulse

April 17-19, 2020

Narrative Medicine is, at its core, a creative act. Acts of perception and attention ignite our narrative practice. Seeing, hearing, sensing, taking in that which we witness begins the process toward healing, and creative thinking fostered by narrative medicine training attunes us to those skills within ourselves. Creative Director of Narrative Medicine novelist Nellie Hermann has been our leader and inspiration in locating creativity at the heart of what we do.


The creativity of narrative medicine goes far beyond a reliance on fiction and film as convenient “case histories” of patients, or paintings as observable depictions of diseased bodies, or musical compositions as evidence of a composer’s psychopathology. Instead, narrative medicine recognizes the aesthetic capabilities of its practitioners as fundamental instruments necessary for effective care. We grow toward our own powers to attend to our patients through the schooled avenues of close reading, deep listening, and concentrated witnessing of works of art.


This workshop features world-renowned writers, artists, cinema scholars, and musicians who can reveal to us how to get the news from stories, images, and sounds. Join us in engaging interactions with works of art in varied forms and genres. Join us too in the creation of art—not only for the pleasure this brings but for the community-building that cannot but follow from it. Narrative medicine is a radical practice with art and beauty at its center, not to distract us from the suffering we face but to make the suffering visible, audible, and palpable so as to ease it.



Workshop Description & Objectives


This intensive workshop will offer rigorous skill-building in narrative competence and 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. Participants will gather for plenary presentations by the founders of the Division of Narrative Medicine alternating with small-group seminars and guest lectures by Robert O’Meally and Rika Burnham. Participants will learn effective techniques for attentive listening, adopting others’ perspectives, accurate representation, and reflective reasoning. Plenary presentations by faculty open up themes of how stories and art 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 is provided, including literary texts, film, visual art and seminar articles in the field of narrative medicine by leading educators.



The Workshop will be held on Friday from 1:00p-7:30p, Saturday from 8:30a-5p and Sunday from 8:30a-4p. Here is the preliminary schedule:






1:00-2:00              Registration & Refreshments


2:00-3:00              Life Is Everywhere: The Perceiving Eye, the Storied World | Rita Charon,

                             MD, PhD


3:15-4:45              The Dreamer Position | Rika Burnham, DFA


5:00–6:30             Small Group Seminars


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           On Romare Bearden, Collage, and the Concept of Repair | Robert O’Meally,


10:45-12:15         Small Group Seminars


12:15-1:30           Lunch


1:30-3:00             Writing in Narrative Medicine: Harnessing the Creative Impulse | Nellie

                            Hermann, MFA


3:15-4:45             Small Group Seminars





8:30-9:00             Continental Breakfast


9:00-10:30           Exercising the Imagination: Watching Film as Creative Work | Maura Spiegel,



10:45-12:15         Small Group Seminars


12:15-1:15           Lunch


1:15–2:15            Small Group Seminars


2:30–4:00            Creating Experience: Representation and Witnessing | Deepthiman Gowda,

                           MD, MPH, MS and Craig Irvine, PhD



Adjournment at 4:00 pm


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




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.

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Columbia University Irving Medical Center
650 West 168th Street
Alumni Auditorium & Schaefer Awards Gallery
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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